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

  1. social enterprises develop hybridity and use it to transact with organizations that have different and competing institutional logics; and,
  2. 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.).

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 to transact across institutional boundaries (e.g., with profit maximizing companies and with charities).

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. “Hybridity as a Dynamic Capability: How Social Enterprises Integrate, Build, and Reconfigure Resources to Transact Across Institutional Boundaries”