Brent McKnight

Assistant Professor
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140, x24704

Dr. McKnight conducts research at the intersection of strategy and sustainability. His research on dynamic capabilities has advanced understanding of how firms build capabilities over long periods of time that enabled them to respond to persistent regulatory, societal, environmental, and competitive disturbances. His current research examines the role that for-profit firms play in building community-level resilience to natural disasters.


  • Ph.D. General Management, Western University
  • M.B.A., McMaster University
  • B. Engineering and Management, McMaster University

Selected Publications and Presentations

Bansal, P. and McKnight. B. (2009), Looking Forward, Pushing Back, and Peering Sideways: Analyzing the Sustainability of Industrial Symbiosis.  Journal of Supply Chain Management, 45(4), 26-37

Zietsma, C. and McKnight, B. (2009). Building the Iron Cage: Co-creation work in the context of competing proto-institutions. Invited contribution to Lawrence, T.B., Suddaby, R. & Leca, B. (Eds.). Handbook of Institutional Work, Cambridge University Press.


Professional Activities

Dr. McKnight’s research has been published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management and an edited volume entitled Institutional Work.  His research has also been presented at leading conferences including the Academy of Management and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

Dr. McKnight is a member of the editorial board at the Academy of Management Review and is an ad hoc reviewer at the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization & Environment, and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

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