Management and Strategy Seminar -John Park

Author: CASE
Time: 13:30
Location: CASE 127

09 November 2018 –FRIDAY


Speaker  :  John Park- Emory University

Title        :   The Impact of Religion and on the Founding and Re-birth of US Breweries,1890-2015

Date       :  09 November 2018 –FRIDAY -13:30 pm.

Abstract : We examine the impact of regional culture on the population dynamics of economic organizations. Specifically, we test how religious denominations affect the founding of breweries across the U.S. in three distinct periods, the pre-national Prohibition phase from 1890 to 1918, the post-Repeal period from 1933 to 1941, and the craft brewery movement from 1976 to 2015. We add to the recent literature on the influence of geography and culture on organizations (Molotch, Freudenburg and Paulsen 2000; Freeman and Audia 2006; Marquis and Battilana 2009) by providing empirical evidence on how variations in religious composition may have a lasting impact on the geographical distribution of firms. Apart from the efforts of temperance movements (Anti-Saloon League and Women’s Christian Temperance Union), Protestant denominations suppress the founding rates of breweries during the period, 1890-1918. Results indicate that the negative influence of religiosity on the founding rate of breweries is partially mediated by legislative changes through local option laws. Further, we find that breweries that ceased operations due to local prohibitions are more likely to restart, after the repeal of the 18th Amendment if located in regions with lower membership rate to Protestant denominations. Finally, long past the repeal of national Prohibition, we find that Protestant denominations continue to exert negative pressure on the regional founding of craft breweries over the period 1976-2015, but when assessed separately only the Mainline Protestant tradition has a significant effect. The effect of religiosity in the modern period is partially mediated by delaying of the adoption of brewpub laws that is favorable to the founding of new breweries.

Bio: John Park is a PhD candidate in Organization and Management at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. His research interests include organizational ecology, institutional theory, corporate philanthropy, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. He is currently conducting a study on the interrelation of individual giving and corporate philanthropy in the US from 1989 to 2013, and its impact on the diversity of local nonprofit organizations.