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Abagail McWilliams

Professor and Associate Dean

Department of Managerial Studies

Pronouns: She/Her


Building & Room:

Ste 2200 UH


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607



Research Interests

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Performance
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods in Management Research
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management

Selected Publications

  • McWilliams, A. (2020) Corporate Social Responsibility, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (book chapter).
  • McWilliams, A., D. Rupp, D. Siegel, G. Stahl and D. Waldman (2019) The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychological and Organizational Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Khalili, N., W. Cheng and A. McWilliams (2017) A Methodological Approach for the Design of Sustainability Initiatives: In Pursuit of Sustainable Transition in China, Sustainability Science, 12: 933-956.
  • McWilliams, A, A. Parhankangas, J. Coupet, E. Welch, and D. Barnum (2016) Strategic Decision Making for the Triple Bottom Line, Business Strategy and the Environment, 25: 193-204.
  • McWilliams, A., R. Shrader and D.D. Van Fleet (2016) Rethinking the Base of the Pyramid: Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Role of Entrepreneurs: 13-32, in Guerber, A., G. Markman and S. Su, (ed.), The World Scientific Reference on Entrepreneurship, Volume 3: Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore,
  • McWilliams, A. & D. Siegel (2011) Creating and Capturing Private and Social Value: Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility, Resource Based Theory and Sustainable Competitive Advantage, Journal of Management, 37(5): 1480-1495.
  • McWilliams, A., D.D. Van Fleet & K. Cory (2002), Raising Rivals’ Costs: An Application of Resource-Based Theory, Journal of Management Studies, 39(5): 707-723.
  • McWilliams, A. & D. Siegel (2001) Corporate Social Responsibility: A Theory of the Firm Perspective, Academy of Management Review, 26(1): 117-27.
  • McWilliams, A. & D. Siegel (2000) Corporate Social Responsibility & Financial Performance: Correlation or Misspecification? Strategic Management Journal, 21: 603-09.
  • McWilliams, A. and D. Siegel (1997) Event Studies in Management Research: Theoretical and Empirical Issues, Academy of Management Journal, 40(3): 626-57.

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

Member, Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy, 2017 - 2021


Ph.D. Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1987
M.A. Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1984
B.S. Business Administration, The Ohio State University, 1982, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Memberships

  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of Management

Selected Presentations

  • A. McWilliams (2020) One Style Does Not Fit All: The Role of Backer Characteristics and Language in Crowfunding Success of Women and Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship annual conference, Peurto Rico, with A. Parhankangas and M. Renko
  • A. McWilliams (2019) The Impact of Gender-Specific Linguistic Style on Crowdfunding Outcomes, Academy of Management, Boston, with A. Parankangas and M. Renko
  • A. McWilliams (2018) He Says, She Says, annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Waterford, Ireland, with A. Parankangas and M. Renko

Research Currently in Progress

  • Parhankangas, A., M. Renko and A. McWilliams, Informational Pitching Style and Entrepreneurs’ Fundraising Performance: The Contingent Role of Context and Gender, revise & resubmit requested by Journal of Management Studies, May, 2022.