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Jocelyn Leitzinger

Assistant Professor

Department of Managerial Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

UH 2227


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

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Jocelyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of social movements, markets, and sustainability. She examines how activists pressure firms and industries to change their socially and environmentally detrimental practices, as well as how they support new sustainable industries. Additionally, Jocelyn studies how targeted firms and markets push back against this pressure, especially through the creation of corporate front groups. She has used both qualitative and mixed method designs to explore these processes in the home improvement retail and forestry industries, urban agriculture, community-based river conservation, and – more broadly – firm misconduct. Jocelyn currently teaches MGMT 350 External Environment of Business at UIC in the undergraduate business program. In the past, she has taught courses on strategic management, organizational leadership, and social entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to joining UIC, Jocelyn was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan and at McGill University in Montreal.

Selected Publications


  • Leitzinger, J., King, B., & Briscoe, F. (2018). “Introduction: Integrating research perspectives on business and society,” in Briscoe, F., King, B. & Leitzinger, J. (ed.) Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Non-market Strategy. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 56, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 1-18.
  • Leitzinger, J., Navis, C., Fisher, G., & Waldron, T. (2016). “Movements, markets, and the power of living stories.” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, OMT Division.

Edited Volumes

  • Briscoe, F., King, B., Leitzinger, J. (Eds.). (2018). “Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Nonmarket Strategy.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 56. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Service to Community

  • Board of Directors, Member, Chicago Fair Trade, 2020 - Present

Professional Leadership

Co-Coordinator of Standing Working Group 4: Social Movements and Organizations , European Group for Organizational Studies (

Notable Honors

2017 , Outstanding Paper , Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability Research Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2017 , Best Paper , Journal of Business Venturing Thematic Consortium, London, Ontario

2016 , Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices Runner-up , OMT Division of the Academy of Management, AOM Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California

2014 , Best Paper Finalist , Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference, Denver, Colorado


PhD in Strategic Management and Organizational Theory, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MAIB in International Business, University of Florida
BSBA in Marketing, University of Florida
BSADV in Advertising, University of Florida