Douglas A. Schuler

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy

Douglas Schuler is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy. Dr. Schuler’s principal research interests are corporate political activity, public policy, corporate social responsibility, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Schuler also does research about the introduction of health technologies into low resources developing markets. His research articles have been published in many top academic outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business and Politics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, California Management Review, Journal of Management, PLoS-ONE, and Strategic Management Journal. A member of the Jones School faculty since 1992, Dr. Schuler has taught many courses, most recently Business-Government Relations, Globalization of Business, Social Enterprise, and Social Entrepreneurship. He has received several teaching and service awards, including the 1997 JGS Award for Teaching Excellence, 1997 Rice Graduate Students Association Teaching Award, and the 2006 Rice Graduate Students Association Faculty/Staff Service Award.

Dr. Schuler studied at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S., Business Administration) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D., Strategic Management, School of Management). At Rice, Dr. Schuler serves on the Executive Committee for Rice 360 Institute for Global Health Technologies.


The Cantankerous Community Meal

A discussion featuring Professor Doug Schuler examining the challenges in social sector collaborations to address food insecurity.

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Teaching Interests: 

-Business and public policy
-Corporate political strategy
-Corporate social responsibility
-Social entrepreneurship

Research Interests: 

Doug Schuler primarily studies the political activities of companies (CPA). Among many questions, his articles explore the primary drivers of CPA, focusing upon both external and internal factors. His work also investigates the payoffs of political investments.

Dr. Schuler also examines facets of corporate social responsibility (CSR). His work describes the linkages between a firm‚Äôs CSR and consumer purchases ‚Äď the CSR linkage to financial performance. Other work examines a firm‚Äôs CSR as practiced through voluntary organizations, such as industry self-regulatory governance mechanisms.

Dr. Schuler has written about non-governmental and non-profit organizations, especially critical about the business models they adopt to serve their clients.With a colleague, he is investigating such organizations in the context of food desert interventions in Houston.

With colleagues in engineering, Dr. Schuler also studies the introduction of technologies into low-resource emerging markets settings. He has recently created a containerized system for sterilizing medical instruments for health facilities that sit outside of a power grid such as in rural areas of developing countries.

Intellectual Contributions

Working Paper

Schuler, D. A., Rehbein, K., & Green, C.D. (2016). Is Corporate Political Activity A Field? Business & Society. doi:10.1177/0007650316680206

Working Paper

Schuler, D.A. & Rehbein, K. (2015).¬†Linking Corporate Social Programs and Political Strategies: A Resource-Based View. Business & Society, 54(6),¬†794‚Äď821. doi:10.1177/0007650313478024

Working Paper

Rudy, B. & Schuler, D. Opportunity vs. Threat Dependence in Firm-Government Relations: An Extension of Resource Dependence Theory. Strategic Management Journal. 

Working Paper

Patel & Schuler. (Working Paper). "Political Strategy as a Risk Reduction Strategy in Family Firms" Academy of Management Journal

Working Paper

Schuler, D.A., Shi, W., Hoskisson, R.E., & Tao, C. (2017). Windfalls of Emperors’ Sojourns: Stock Market Reactions to Chinese Firms Hosting High Ranking Government Officials. Strategic Management Journal, 38(4). doi:10.1002/smj.2622

Journal Article

Dahan, N.M., Hadani, M., & Schuler, D.A. (2013). The Governance Challenges of Corporate Political Activity. Business and Society, 52(3), 365-387. doi:10.1177/0007650313491470

Journal Article

Hadani, M., & Schuler, D. A. (2013). In search of el dorado: The elusive financial returns on corporate political investments. Strategic Management Journal, 34(2), 165-181. doi:10.1002/smj.2006

Journal Article

Schuler, D. A. (2012). A club theory approach to voluntary social programs: Multinational companies and the extractive industries transparency initiative. Business and Politics, 14(3) doi:10.1515/bap-2012-0024

Journal Article

Kaseman, T., Boubour, J., & Schuler, D. A. (2012). Validation of the efficacy of a solar-thermal powered autoclave system for off-grid medical instrument wet sterilization. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 87(4), 602-607. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0061

Journal Article

Schuler, D. A., & Rehbein, K. (2011). Determinants of access to legislative and executive branch officials: Business firms and trade policymaking in the U.S. Business and Politics, 13(3) doi:10.2202/1469-3569.1340