Assistant Professor
Editor, BioProducts Business
Wood Science and Forest Resources Management
Forest Sciences Centre 4036
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
phone: 6048270644

Research Areas

Corporate sustainability
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Industry-NGO interface
Business model evolution and industry emergence

Unit Associations

Forest Resources Management, Wood Science

Professional Affiliations


Current Graduate Students

Robyn MacIvor, MSc
Examining community engagement in palm oil certification programs in Ghana (Co-supervised with Dr. Rob Kozak)
Meike Siegner, PhD
Jennifer Deboer, PhD
Maria Jose Murcia, PhD
Vilbert Vabi, PhD
Alice Palmer, PhD
Forest industry trasformation management (Co-supervided with Dr. Dave Cohen)

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr. Yu Xie (Visiting Scholar)

Current Courses

Winter 2016

WOOD465 Wood Industry Business Management Sections

Business management concepts common in the forest products industry including marketing, customer research, product development and design.

Winter 2016

FRST560 Forest Business Enterprise Sections

Winter 2016

WOOD461 Globalization and Sustainability Sections

Examination of globalization and its impact on sustainability, including social, economic, and environmental aspects.

Selected Publications

Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Pinkse, J. (2016). Does the business case matter? The effect of a perceived business case on small firms' social engagement Journal of Business Ethics (In press). DOI: 10.1007/s10551-015-2835-6
Sikora, A., Nybakk, E., & Panwar, R. (2016). The effect of entrepreneurial and learning orientations on financial performance in a transition economy: evidence from forest contracting firms in southern Poland. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Rsearch. 31 (1): 119-125.
Panwar, R., Kozak, R, & Hansen, E. (Eds.). (2016). Forests, Business, and Sustainability. Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK. 228 pp.
Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Pinkse, J. (2016). The effect of small firms’ competitive strategies on their community and environmental engagement Journal of Cleaner Production (Accepted).
Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Kozak, R. (2016). Many Paths to Sustainability, but Where Are We Going? In Forests, Business and Sustainability, Panwar, R., R.A. Kozak and E. Hansen, Eds.). Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK. pp. 1-6.
Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Pinkse, J., & Hansen, E. (2016). Competitive strategies and small firms’ social responsibilities. Proceedings of the Twenty Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society
Panwar, R., Pinkse, J., Hansen, E. N., & Nybakk, E. (2016). So How Much Does the Business Case Matter? Academy of Management Proceedings. 2015 (1), 10687.
Kuzman, K.M., Panwar, R., & Zbasnik-Senegacnik, M. (2016). A preliminary characterization of eco-innovators and eco-designers in Slovenia. Drvna industrija (DOI: 0.5552/drind.2016.1546).
Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Pinkse, J., & Hansen, E. (2015). Being good when not doing well: Examining the effect of the economic downturn on small manufacturing firms’ ongoing sustainability-oriented initiatives. Organization and Environment (doi: 10.1177/1086026615573842).
Griess VC, Panwar R, Cool J (2015). The potential of mixing timber assets to financially offset negative effects of deer browsing on western redcedar. The Forestry Chronicle
Nybakk, E., & Panwar, R. (2015). Understanding instrumental motivations for social responsibility engagement in a micro‐firm context. Business Ethics: A European Review, 24(1), 18-33.
Hansen, E, Nybakk, E., & Panwar, R. (2015). Pure versus hybrid competitive strategies in the forest sector: Performance implications. Forest Policy and Economics. 54: 51-57.
Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Kozak, R. (2014). Evaluating social and environmental issues by integrating the legitimacy gap with expectational gaps: An empirical assessment of the forest industry. Business and Society, 53(6), 853-875.
Hansen, E., Nybakk, E., & Panwar, R. (2014). Innovation insights from North American forest sector research: A literature review. Forests, 5(6), 1341-1355.
Hansen, E., Panwar, R., & Vlosky, R. (2014). The global forest sector: Changes, practices, and prospects. Boca Raton: CRC Press. 471 pp.
Hansen, E., Panwar, R., & Vlosky, R. (2014). Understanding and managing change in the global forest sector. In Hansen, E., Panwar, R., & Vloksy R. (Eds.), The global forest sector: Changes, practices, and prospects: 3-14. Boca Raton: CRC press.
Panwar, R., & Toppinen, A. (2014). Sustainability through the private sector initiatives: Forest certification and corporate social responsibility. In Bhojvaid, P., & Khandekar, N. (Eds.), Sustainable forest management for multiple values: A paradigm shift, Volume I: 247-253. Dehradun, India: Forest Research Institute press.
Panwar, R., Paul, K., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Thompson, D. (2014). The legitimacy of CSR actions of publicly traded companies versus family-owned companies. Journal of Business Ethics, 125(3), 481-496.
Panwar,R., Hansen, E., Pinkse, J., & Nybakk, E. (2014). Small firms' ongoing CSR initiatives amidst a financial downturn. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014 (1), 10692.
Han, X., Hansen, E., Panwar, R., Hamner, R., & Orozco, N. (2013). . Connecting market orientation, learning orientation and corporate social responsibility implementation: Is innovativeness a mediator? Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 28(8), 784-796.
Hansen, E., Nybakk, E., & Panwar, R. (2013). Firm performance, business environment, and outlook for social and environmental responsibility during the economic downturn: Findings and implications from the forest sector. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 43(12), 1137-1144.
Panwar, R., Vloksy, R., & Hansen, E. (2012). Gaining competitive advantage in the New Normal. Forest Products Journal, 62(6), 420-428.
Amberla, T., Wang, L., Juslin, H., Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Anderson, R. (2011). Corporate responsibility performance in the forest industries: A comparative analysis of student perceptions in Finland and the USA. Social Responsibility Journal, 7(3), 472-489.
Amberla, T., Wang, L., Juslin, H., Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Anderson, R. (2010). Students’ Perceptions of Forest Industries Business Ethics-A Comparative Analysis of Finland and the USA. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 15(1), 44-54.
Thompson, D., Panwar, R., & Hansen, E. (2010). Differences in social responsibility orientation between society and industry executives. Management Decision, 48(1), 156-171.
Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Anderson, R. (2010). Students’ perceptions regarding CSR success of the US forest products industry. Social Responsibility Journal, 6(1), 18-32.
Panwar, R., Han, X., & Hansen, E. (2010). A demographic examination of societal views regarding corporate social responsibility in the US forest products industry. Forest Policy and Economics, 12(2), 121-128.
Panwar, R., & Hansen, E. (2009). A process for identifying social and environmental issues: A case of the US forest products manufacturing industry. Journal of Public Affairs, 9(4), 323-336.
Panwar, R., Hansen, E., & Kozak, R. (2009). A framework evaluating social and environmental issues: Conceptual refinement and empirical testing. In Jamie R. Hendry and Ronald M. Roman (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society, 20: 153-159.
Panwar, R., & Hansen, E. (2008). Corporate social responsibility in forestry. UNSYLVA: An international journal published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 230(59), 45-48.
Panwar, R., & Hansen, E. (2007). The standardization puzzle: An issue management approach to understand corporate responsibility standards for the forest products industry. Forest Products Journal, 57(12), 86-91.
Panwar, R., & Hansen, E. (2007). Beyond the instrumental view of corporate social responsibility: integrating human rights and natural resource conservation views. Policy Matters: The Journal of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, 15, 323-333.
Panwar, R., Rinne, T., Hansen, E., & Juslin, H. (2006). Corporate responsibility: Balancing economic, environmental and social issues in the forest products industry. Forest Products Journal, 56(2), 4-12.