Jennifer Miner Knippen

Associate Professor of Management

Behavioral Sciences 125


  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, University of Florida
  • MBA, Global Management, Thunderbird, School of Global Management
  • B.S., Economics, Florida State University
  • B.S., Multinational Business, Florida State University

Research Interests

  • Corporate governance
  • Diversity in top management teams and board composition
  • Institutional influences on firm behavior

Professional Activities

Professor Knippen specializes in strategic management. Prior to joining Eckerd College, Professor Knippen taught competitive and corporate strategy in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses on strategic management and global strategy, and guest lectured on the business case for sustainability at the University of Florida. Much of her research investigates the social and institutional influences that affect corporate governance decisions. She has dedicated significant attention to women’s progress in the upper echelons of management. And continuing along this theme, she is also interested in better understanding firm responses to regulatory pressures.

Professor Knippen is active in the academic community, where she has received “Best Paper” and “Outstanding Reviewer” awards from the Academy of Management. Professor Knippen worked in both the construction and telecommunications industries before becoming an academic. She has also served as a board member and consultant in the nonprofit sector.

Courses Taught

  • MN110S: Principles of Management and Leadership
  • MN 401: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MN 498: Business Policy and Strategy
  • EN 204S: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • EN 420: Venture Creation
  • WT: Ecotourism in the Caribbean

Selected Publications

  • Knippen, J.M., Shen, W., Zhu, Q. (2019) Limited progress? The effect of external pressure for board gender diversity on the increase of female directors. Strategic Management Journal, 40(7), 1123-1150.
  • Knippen, J.M., Palar, J., Gentry, R. (2018) Breaking the mold: An examination of board discretion in female CEO appointments. Journal of Business Research, 84: 11-23.
  • Tosi, H. L., & Knippen, J. M. (2010). Karen Ho: Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street. Administrative Science Quarterly, 55(2), 320–323.
  • Knippen, J.M., Shen, W. (2009). Taking a closer look: Institutional influences on the presence of women directors. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 2009, Chicago, IL: Academy of Management.