Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Judith Walls


Assistant Professor
Division of Strategy, Management and Organisation
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)

Email: JWALLS@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6592 3265
Office: S3-B1B-56

Education
  • PhD (Strategic Mgmt) Rensselaer Polytechnic University 2007
  • MBA (International Business) National University of Singapore 2002
  • BA(Hons) (Hispanic studies) University of Stirling 1996
Biography
Judith Walls is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Business School, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Asian School of the Environment. She has a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the National University of Singapore. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Dr Walls is also a research fellow at Arizona State University's Center for Organizational Research and Design (CORD).

Dr Walls researches the intersection of business and sustainability in terms of environmental and corporate governance. Her research takes a behavioural strategy approach, considering individual characteristics of board directors or top executives in the context of pressures from external shareholders and stakeholders. Current projects, supported via MOE Tier 1 and other grants, include the role of emotions and values in environmental management and the polarization of sustainability debates. Dr Walls is currently studying these topics in the contexts of the Mongolian mining industry and the trophy hunting industry in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Walls’ work has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, and Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, as well as several Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Dr Walls additionally serves on the Board of Reviewers for the Journal of Business Venturing and the Journal of Management. She has received several prestigious awards for her research.

Dr Walls is in the executive leadership of the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division at the Academy of Management. She is also a Board Director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) and on the Scientific Committee of the GRONEN Research Conference. Dr Walls is the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar series on Business Sustainability held at NBS.

Prior to her academic career, Dr Walls worked in investor relations consulting and new business development at Thomson Financial in London, Singapore and Sydney. In this role, she advised clients in the semiconductor, airline, internet, telecommunications, retail, construction, and other industries.

Dr Walls has volunteered extensively with conservation organizations in Namibia and Botswana on species such as cheetahs, lions, and elephants. She continues to be involved in wildlife and ecosystem conservation during her spare time.
Research Interests
* Corporate sustainability
* Corporate governance (shareholders, board of directors, top management teams, CEOs)
* Environmental governance
* Institutional theory
* Behavioral strategy
* Cognition, values, and emotions
* Mining industry
* Trophy hunting industry
* Industrial symbiosis (industrial ecology)
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2017-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
Current Projects
  • The role of executives' emotions in corporate environmental sustainability
  • Trophy hunting: Understanding how asymmetric stakeholder power polarizes the debates about the industry, to develop a new holistic model of multi-level governance for environmental sustainability that includes a business perspective
Selected Publications
  • Walls, J.L. & Berrone, P. (2015). The power of one: How CEO power affects corporate environmental sustainability. Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming.
  • Walls, J.L. & Paquin R. (2015). Organizational perspectives of industrial symbiosis: A review and synthesis. Organization & Environment, 28(1), 32-53.
  • Lewis, B., Walls, J.L., Dowell, G. (2014). Difference in Degrees: CEO Characteristics and Firm Responses to Pressure for Disclosure. Strategic Management Journal, 35(5), 712-722.
  • Walls, J.L., Hoffman, A.J. (2013). Exceptional Boards: Environmental Experience and Positive Deviance from Institutional Norms. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34(2), 253-271.
  • Walls, J.L., Berrone, P. & Phan, P.H. (2012). Corporate Governance and Environmental Performance: Is There Really a Link?. Strategic Management Journal, 33(8), 885-913.

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