Research

My research investigates “development supply chains” and the social enterprises that participate in them. Development supply chains aim to alleviate poverty by providing low-income households with affordable products and services that help them meet their basic needs.

My dissertation consists of conceptual and qualitative empirical analyses of development supply chains for solar lanterns sold in Haiti, and I am working on two additional projects that examine how organizations hybridize and how social enterprises use their hybridity as a dynamic capability to survive in complex institutional environments.

The Institute of Supply Management awarded my dissertation proposal with a $5,000 Doctoral Dissertation Grant, and the OSCM division at the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting nominated one of my dissertation papers for a Best Student Paper Award.

Current working papers include:

1.  Knuckles, J. & Sodhi, M. “A Multiple Case Study of Development Supply Chains for Household Solar Products Sold in Haiti” (Nominated for a Best Student Paper award at the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting)

2.  Knuckles, J. & Sodhi, M. “Conceptualizing Development Supply Chains”

3.  Tang, C.; Knuckles, J., and Sodhi, M. “Optimal Subsidies for Development Supply Chains: Case of a Supply Chain for Solar Lanterns in Haiti”

4.  Curran, K., Knuckles, J., Ozcan, P., and Salway, M. “Old Dogs Learning New Tricks: Initiating the Process of Hybridization in Established Organizations”

5.  Knuckles, J., Shrimali, G., and Koch, J. “Hybridity as a Dynamic Capability: How Social Enterprises Navigate Institutionally Complex Environments at the Base of the Pyramid”