Associate Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Associate Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability
- Team Leader, Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative
- Affiliated Faculty, W.P. Cary School of Business
- Faculty, Barrett Honors College
Nicole Darnall is associate dean and professor of management and public policy in ASU's School of Sustainability. She is also team leader of the Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative. Her research investigates non-regulatory governance approaches (e.g., voluntary programs, strategic alliances, certification, and information-based initiatives) to determine whether the absence of state coercion, combined with appropriate incentives, can encourage organizations and individuals to be more sustainable.
Professor Darnall is an Economic and Social Research Council and Social Science Research Council Collaborative Visiting Fellow, an Erasmus Mundus International Scholar, a Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow, and Spanish Ministry of Education International Fellow. She has been awarded the Academy of Management's Organizations and Natural Environment Best Paper Award and its Emerging Scholar Award for research excellence, in addition to the Decision Science Institute's Distinguished Paper Award.
Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Social Science Research Council, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes.
Professor Darnall has served as a senior editor of Production and Operations Management and associate editor of Business & Society and Organization and Environment. She is on the Editorial Review Board of Cambridge University Press, Public Administration Review, Business & Society, Organization and Environment, and Business Strategy and the Environment.
Before joining Arizona State University, Professor Darnall was Associate Professor at George Mason University, and Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Prior to her academic career, she worked at Resources for the Future and was an economist for the U.S. Forest Service.
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- PhD, Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002
- MS, Policy Development and Program Evaluation, Vanderbilt University, 1998
- MA, Economics, University of Texas-Arlington, 1995
- BA, Economics, Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1991
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- supply chain management
- corporate governance
- corporate responsibility
- green consumerism
- decision making
- green marketing
- green business practices
- environmental policy
- voluntary environmental programs
- sustainable enterprise
- self-regulation strategies
- information-based environmental policy
Ji, H. and N. Darnall. 2018. All are not created equal: Assessing local governments’ strategic approaches towards sustainability. Public Management Review 20(1):154-175. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2017.1293147. (link )
Sarti, S., N. Darnall and F. Testa. 2018. Market segmentation of consumers based on their actual sustainability and health-related purchases. Journal of Cleaner Production 192(Aug):270-280. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.04.188. (link )
Darnall, N., H. Ji and M. Potoski. 2017. Institutional design of ecolabels: Sponsorship signals rule strength. Regulation & Governance 11(4):438-450. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12166. (link )
Ferron Vilchez, V., N. Darnall and J. A. Aragon-Correa. 2017. Stakeholder influences on the design of firms’ environmental practices. Journal of Cleaner Production 142(Part 4):3370-3381. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.10.129. (link )
Ferron Vilchez, V. and N. Darnall. 2016. Two better than one: The link between management systems and business performance. Business Strategy and the Environment 25(4):221-240. DOI: 10.1002/bse.1864. (link )
Kim, Y. and N. Darnall. 2016. Business as a collaborative partner: Understanding firms’ sociopolitical support for policy format. Public Administration Review 76(2):326-337. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12463. (link )
Barnett, M. L., N. Darnall and B. W. Husted. 2015. Sustainability strategy in constrained economic times. Long Range Planning 48(2):63-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2014.07.001. (link )
Lin, H. and N. Darnall. 2015. Strategic alliance formation and structural configuration. Journal of Business Ethics 127(3):549-564. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2053-7. (link )
Darnall, N. and J. A. Aragon-Correa. 2014. Can ecolabels influence firms' sustainability strategy and stakeholder behavior?. Organization & Environment 27(4):319-327. DOI: 10.1177/1086026614562963. (link )
Darnall, N. and M. B. Milstein. 2014. Damaí Lovina Villas: Can eco-standards and certification create competitive advantage for a luxury resort?. Case Research Journal 34(3):1-20. (link )
Kurapatskie, B. and N. Darnall. 2013. Which corporate sustainability activities are associated with greater financial payoffs?. Business Strategy and the Environment 22(1):49-61. DOI: 10.1002/bse.1735. (link )
Darnall, N. and W. Kim. 2012. Which types of environmental management systems are related to greater environmental improvements?. Public Adminstration Review 72(3):351-365. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02503.x. (link )
Arimura, T., N. Darnall and H. Katayama. 2011. Is ISO 14001 a gateway to more advanced environmental actions? The case for green supply chain management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(2):170-182.
Puente, M., N. Darnall and R. Forkner. 2011. Assessing growers' integrated pest management adoption: Measurement problems and policy implications. Environmental Management 48(5):1013-1023.
Darnall, N., I. Henriques and P. Sadorsky. 2010. Adopting proactive environmental practices: The influence of stakeholders and firm size. Journal of Management Studies 47(6):1072-1094.
Darnall, N., M. Potoski and A. Prakash. 2010. Sponsorship matters: Assessing business participation in government- and industry-sponsored voluntary environmental programs. Journal of Public Adminstration Research and Theory 20(2):283-307.
Edwards Jr, D. and N. Darnall. 2010. Averting environmental justice claims? The role of environmental management systems. Public Adminstration Review 70(3):422-433. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2010.02156.x. (link )
Darnall, N. 2009. Regulatory stringency, green production offsets, and organizations' financial performance. Public Adminstration Review 69(3):418-434. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2009.01989.x. (link )
Darnall, N., I. Seol and J. Sarkis. 2009. Perceived stakeholder influences and organizations' use of environmental audits. Accounting, Organizations and Society 34(2):170-187. (link )
Darnall, N. 2008. Addressing global environmental challenges: Using information as a novel "local" policy approach. Global Studies Review 4(3):1-3.
Darnall, N. 2008. Creating a green brand for competitive distinction. Asian Business and Management 7(4):445-466.
Darnall, N. 2008. What the federal government can do to encourage green production. The Business of Government Fall/Winter:86-89.
Darnall, N., I. Henriques and P. Sadorsky. 2008. Do environmental management systems improve business performance in an international setting?. Journal of International Management 14(4):364-376.
Darnall, N., G. J. Jolley and R. Handfield. 2008. Environmental management systems and green supply chain management: Complements for sustainability?. Business Strategy and the Environment 17(1):30-45. (link )
Darnall, N. and S. Sides. 2008. Assessing the performance of voluntary environmental programs: Does certification matter?. Policy Studies Journal 36(1):95-117.
Darnall, N. 2006. Why firms mandate ISO 14001 certification. Business and Society 45(3):354-381.
Darnall, N. and D. Edwards Jr. 2006. Predicting the cost of environmental management system adoption: The role of capabilities, resources and ownership structure. Strategic Management Journal 27(4):301-320.
Darnall, N. and J. Carmin. 2005. Greener and cleaner? The signaling accuracy of U.S. voluntary environmental programs. Policy Sciences 38(2-3):71-90.
Darnall, N. and G. J. Jolley. 2004. Involving the public: When are surveys and stakeholder interviews most effective?. Review of Policy Research 21(4):581-594.
Carmin, J., N. Darnall and J. Mil-Homens. 2003. Stakeholder involvement in the design of U.S. voluntary environmental programs: Does sponsorship matter?. Policy Studies Journal 41(4):527-543.
Darnall, N., D. R. Gallagher, R. N. Andrews and D. Amaral. 2000. Environmental management systems: Opportunities for improved environmental and business strategy. Environmental Quality Management 9(3):1-9.
Davies, S., J. Mazurek, K. McCarthy and N. Darnall. 1997. Voluntary incentives are no shortcut to pollution abatement. Resources 126:18.
Davies, S. and N. Darnall. 1996. Getting the city on the hill to shine. Resources 125:10-13.
Darnall, N., G. I. Nehman, J. W. Priest and J. Sarkis. 1994. A review of environmentally conscious manufacturing theory and practices. International Journal of Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing 3(4):49-57.
Darnall, N., C. Ponting and D. Vazquez-Brust. 2012. Why consumers buy green. Pp. 287-308 In: Vazquez-Brust, D. and J. Sarkis eds., Green-Growth: Managing the Transition to Sustainable Capitalism. Springer. New York.
Darnall, N. and S. Sides. 2012. Assessing the performance of voluntary environmental programs: Does certification matter?. In: Georg, S. and A. J. Hoffman eds., Business and the Natural Environment. Routledge. New York, NY.
Lin, H. and N. Darnall. 2010. Strategic alliances for environmental protection. Pp. 233-246 In: Sarkis, J., J. Cordeiro and D. Vazquez-Brust eds., Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration: A Multistakeholder Perspective. Springer. New York.
Darnall, N. and S. Sides. 2009. Do voluntary environmental programs improve performance?. Pp. 213-238 In: deLeon, P. and J. Rivera eds., Voluntary Environmental Programs: A Policy Perspective. Lexington Books. Lanham, MD.
Darnall, N., G. J. Jolley and B. Ytterhus. 2007. Understanding the relationship between a facility's environmental and financial performance. Pp. 213-259 In: Johnstone, N. ed., Environmental Policy and Corporate Behavior. Edward Elgar Pubilshing, in association with Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. Northhampton, MA.
Darnall, N., I. Henriques and P. Sadorsky. 2005. An international comparison of the factors affecting environmental strategy and performance. Pp. B1-B6 In: Rowan, M. ed., Best Paper Proceedings: Sixty-Third Meeting of the Academy of Management. Academy of Management. Washington, D.C.
Darnall, N. 2003. Motivations for participating in a voluntary environmental initiative: The Mulit-state Working Group and EPA's EMS pilot program. Pp. 123-154 In: Sharma, S. and M. Starik eds., Research in Corporate Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Boston.
Darnall, N. 2003. Why firms certify to ISO 14001: An institutional and resource-based view. Pp. A1-A6 In: Nagao, D. ed., Best Paker Proceedings: Sixty First Meeting of the Academy of Management. Academy of Management. Washington, D.C.
Andrews, R. N., N. Darnall, D. R. Gallagher, S. T. Keiner, J. Feldman, M. Mitchell, D. Amaral and J. Jacoby. 2001. Environmental management systems: History, theory and implementation research. Pp. 31-62 In: Coglianese, C. and J. Nash eds., Regulation from the Inside: Can Environmental Management Systems Achieve Policy Goals?. Resources for the Future. Washington, D.C.
Darnall, N., D. R. Gallagher and R. N. Andrews. 2001. ISO 14001: Greening management systems. Pp. 178-190 In: Sarkis, J. ed., Greener Manufacturing and Operations. Greenleaf Publishing. Sheffield.