My research investigates sustainable development through the lenses of both social enterprise and supply chain management. Specifically, I study how, why, and under what conditions:

  1. materials, information, and money flow between social enterprises, companies, and donors in the supply chains for products and services that help low-income households meet basic needs (e.g., light, sanitation, healthcare, etc.); and,
  2. social enterprises develop hybridity and use it to transact with organizations that have different and competing institutional logics.

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 donors should support development supply chains and how organizations hybridize to become social enterprises.

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

Current working papers include:

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

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

5.  Knuckles, J. & Sodhi, M. “Social Operations Strategy: How Social Enterprises Ensure Economic Sustainability”

3.  Knuckles, J., Sodhi, M., Tang, C., & Yu, J. “Optimal Grants and Subsidies for Development Supply Chains: Case of 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”