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Adam R. Fremeth

Associate Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy

E.J. Kernaghan Chair in Energy Policy

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  • Globalization
  • Utility Regulation
  • Electricity
  • Renewable Power
  • Organizations and the Natural Environment
  • Business-Government Relations
  • Lobbying
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financial Regulation and Liberalization

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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 Macroeconomics for Managers
  • Managing Energy, Resources and the Natural Environment


  • BA, Hons. Bus. - Western
  • MA, Carleton
  • PhD, Minnesota

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Islam, M.; Fremeth, A.; Marcus, A. A., 2018, "Signaling by Early Stage Startups: US Government Research Grants and Venture Capital Funding", Journal of Business Venturing, January 33(1): 35 - 51.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Vanden Bergh, R., 2016, "Corporate Political Strategy in Contested Regulatory Environments", Strategy Science, December 1(4): 272 - 284.
  • Fremeth, A.; Marcus, A. A., 2016, "The Role of Governance Systems and Rules in Wind Energy Development: Evidence from Minnesota and Texas", Business and Politics, December 18(3): 337 - 365.
  • Fremeth, A.; Richter, B. K.; Schaufele, B., 2016, "Motivations for Corporate Political Activity", Advances in Strategic Management, May 34: 161 - 191.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Richter, B. K., 2016, "Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Organizational Research: Applications of Synthetic Control Methodology in the U.S. Automobile Industry", Organization Science, March 27(2): 462 - 482.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Spiller, P. T., 2014, "The Impact of Consumer Advocates on Regulatory Policy in the Electric Utility Sector", Public Choice, October 161(1): 157 - 181.
  • Fremeth, A.; Shaver, M., 2014, "Strategic Rationale for Responding to Extra-Jurisdictional Regulation: Evidence from Firm Adoption of Renewable Power in the US", Strategic Management Journal, May 35(5): 629 - 651.
  • Fremeth, A.; Richter, B. K.; Schaufele, B., 2013, "Campaign Contributions over CEOs' Careers", American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, July 5(3): 170 - 188.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F., 2012, "Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Decision Costs: An Analysis of U.S. Electric Utility Rate Changes 1980-2000", Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, February 28(1): 127 - 162.
  • Fremeth, A.; Richter, B. K., 2011, "Profiting from Environmental Regulatory Uncertainty", California Management Review, November 54(1): 145 - 165.
  • Marcus, A. A.; Fremeth, A., 2009, "Green Management Matters Regardless", Academy of Management Perspectives, August 23(3): 17 - 26.

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

Research/Course Development

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