Richard S. Brown, Ph.D.

Richard S. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, School of Business Administration
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Office Location
Olmsted Building, E355

Dr. Brown joined the faculty at Penn State Harrisburg in August of 2013 and is an Associate Professor of Management. From 1997 to 2006, he was an entrepreneur, founding and managing several Philadelphia-based real estate development firms. He holds a B.A. in History from St. Joseph’s University, an M.B.A from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Temple University. Dr. Brown was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award at PSU Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration.

Research Interests

Corporate Political Activity (Lobbying, Regulatory Capture)

Franchising (Franchisor-Franchisee Power Dynamics)

Oligopolistic Competition (Cartelization, Anti-Trust, Monopoly Power)


Brown, R. 2019 Overcoming the Liability of Foreignness Through Lobbying: An Examination of Franchise Systems. Journal of International Management, 25(2): (with William Kline).

Brown, R. 2018 Franchise Systems and Lobbying: Implications for Olsonian Collective Action Theory. Management Decision, 56(11): 2357-2372

Brown, R. 2018. Congressional Certification: how Firs Use Former Congress Members to Lobby On Their Behalf. Journal of Public Affairs, 18(4)

Brown, R. 2017. Scanning and Updating Failure: How AT&T Turned Its Political Capabilities Into a Core Rigidity. Telecommunications Policy, Forthcoming.

Brown, R. 2016. Lobbying, Political Connectedness and Financial Performance in the Air Transportation Industry. Journal of Air Transport Management, 54: 61-69.

Brown, R. 2016. How Do Firms Compete in the Non-market? The Process of Political Capability Building. Business and Politics, Forthcoming and Available Online (Early View)

Brown, R. 2016. Political Capabilities and Subsequent Financial Performance. Journal of Public Affairs, 16(3): 303-313.

Course Schedule
BA 462
BUS 515
BUS 588