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Greg Distelhorst

Greg Distelhorst

(Ph.D., MIT)

Associate Professor of International Business
Green Templeton College
Office Address:
Saïd Business School, W2.16

Research Interests

My research explores the social impact of multinational business, with a focus on how multinationals engage with labor-intensive manufacturers in the developing world.  This work examines private initiatives to regulate labor standards in the supply chains of global consumer brands such as Nike and HP.  It sits at the intersection of the disciplines of multinational management, industrial relations, and political economy.  

My second area of research is contemporary Chinese politics and public policy. I study China's institutions of government responsiveness and accountability, focusing on how citizens exploit these institutions and what prompts unelected officials to respond to citizen demands. 

My research has appeared or will appear soon in the journals Comparative Political Studies, Management Science, Regulation & Governance, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

I have worked and conducted research in China—primarily Guangzhou, Changsha, and Beijing—for over five years, including fellowships through the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Yale-China Association.  I am also an investigator with The Governance Project, led by Francis Fukuyama at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.


The Power of Empty Promises: Quasi-democratic Institutions and Activism in China.  2015. Comparative Political Studies.

Does Lean Improve Labor Standards? Management and Social Performance in the Nike Supply Chain. 2015.  (with Jens Hainmueller and Richard M. Locke.)  Management Science, Forthcoming.

Production Goes Global, Compliance Stay Local: Private Regulation in the Global Electronics Industry. 2015. (with Richard M. Locke, Timea Pal, and Hiram Samel) Regulation & Governance 9(3): 224-242.

Ingroup Bias in Official Behavior: A National Field Experiment in China.  2014. (with Yue HouQuarterly Journal of Political Science 9(2): 203-230.