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Adam R. Fremeth

Adam R. Fremeth

Assistant Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy


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Adam Fremeth joined the Business Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey in July 2009 after completing his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization at the University of Minnesota. He holds an HBA from Ivey and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University.

Professor Fremeth's research focuses on the intersection of firm strategy and public policy making. He is primarily  concerned with how firms both shape and respond to public policy. In particular, his work has helped to better understand how competitive interaction among firms in regulated settings can influence a firm's environmental performance. Ongoing research projects focus on the development of the renewable energy sector in North America, the value of asymmetrical information in regulatory rulings in the electric utility sector, and the patterns of personal campaign contributions by Chief Executive Officers. This research agenda has been supported by a number of grants, including those from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Carbon Management Canada (CMC). In 2010, Adam was the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management and a finalist for the William H. Newman Award for outstanding paper based on a dissertation.


  • Global Environment of Business

Selected Publications

  • "The impact of consumer advocates on regulatory policy in the electric utility sector" with Guy Holburn and Pablo T. Spiller, 2014, Public Choice, 161(1): 157-181.
  • "Strategic Rationale for Responding to Extra-Jurisdictional Regulation: Evidence from Firm Adoption of Renewable Power in the US" with J. Myles Shaver, 2014, Strategic Management Journal, May, 35(5): 629-651.
  • "Campaign Contributions over CEOs' Careers" with Brian K. Richter and Brandon Schaufele, 2013,  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July, 5(3): 170-188.
  • "Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Decision Costs: An Analysis of U.S. Electric Utility Rate Changes 1980-2000" with Guy Holburn, 2012, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Spring, 28(1): 127-162.
  • "Profiting from Environmental Regulatory Uncertainty" with Brian K. Richter, 2011, California Management Review, Fall, 54(1): 145-165.
  • "Institutional Void and Stakeholder Leadership: Implementing Renewable Energy Standards in Minnesota" with A.A. Marcus, 2011, in 'Science and Stakeholders: Solutions to Energy and Environment Issues', editor Joanna Burger, Wiley Publishing.
  • "Green Management Matters Regardless", with A.A. Marcus, 2009, Academy of Management Perspectives, August, 23(4): 17-26.
  • "Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Rate-Making" with Guy Holburn, 2009, in 'Regulation, Deregulation, Reregulation', editors Claude Ménard and Michel Ghertman, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Research/Course Development

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Renewable Power Investment and Regulation
  • Financial Regulation
  • Asymmetrical Information
  • Corporate Political Strategy


  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota (2004-2009)
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Trade Policy and Law (2002-2004)
  • Instructor, Ivey Business School (2000-2002)



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