University of California, Haas School of Business (Berkeley)
Finance, Law, Innovation, and Sustainability
Professor Grennan is an accomplished researcher and expert in finance. Her research provides valuable insights for practitioners seeking to navigate the complex landscape of corporate value creation and emerging technologies. Professor Grennan’s primary research focuses on how corporations create value, especially intangible value (e.g., intellectual property). In her pioneering research, Professor Grennan employs innovative computational techniques to quantify aspects of sustainability, such as corporate culture and the efficacy of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. She utilizes machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) techniques to measure these often difficult-to-measure factors and empirically examines their impact on financial value creation and destruction.
Additionally, Professor Grennan's expertise extends to emerging financial technologies (FinTechs), which are being catalyzed by advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. Her research in this domain investigates the effects of AI on high-skilled work, the relationship between market efficiency and AI signals, the dynamics of competition between incumbent corporations and FinTechs, and the evolving governance, tax, and regulatory needs of FinTech organizations. For more details, please see Jill's CV.
Professor Grennan received her Ph.D. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Grennan was previously on the faculty at Duke University and Santa Clara University, and before academia, she worked at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the World Trade Organization, and KPMG.
CULTURE, GOVERNANCE, AND CORPORATE FINANCE RESEARCH
FINTECH, AI, BLOCKCHAIN AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RESEARCH
Grennan, J. and D. Rock, 2023, "Regulating Emerging Technology: Evidence from Artificial Intelligence and Digital Assets" [in-progress]
Chien, C. and J. Grennan, J. 2023, "Who Invents and Why? Evidence from Engineers on the Innovator-Inventor Gap" [in-progress]
Grennan, J., 2023, "Embracing Sustainability and Inclusivity: A Roadmap for Thriving in Web3" [in-progress]
Grennan, J. and R. Michaely 2023, "Values-Based Investing: Evidence from Debiased Data" [in-progress]
Grennan, J. 2023, "Decomposing the Value of Corporate Culture" [in-progress]
MAGAZINES & OP-EDS
My research has been featured in major news outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. For instance, my research is highlighted in "Should you follow an activist into a stock?"
You can also discover my book reviews and opinion pieces. For instance, I reviewed Driverless Finance by Hilary J. Allen.
Connecting business leaders to new academic ideas is a passion of mine. Check out these blog forums where I express my views on culture, governance, and more.
Posts on the Duke University School of Law FinReg Blog: 
Corporate culture is an important driver of business value, and policymakers often blame dysfunctional cultures for egregious actions at firms like Wells Fargo, VW, Toshiba, Uber, and Pinterest. Building on a broader literature on corporate institutions, this course examines antecedents and consequences of corporate culture through the lens of an informal institution. We will learn how differences in espoused and lived cultural values are associated with various business outcomes. Then, we will study specific cases to recognize when, how, and why aspirational ideals may not be met. Finally, we will examine how leaders can foster a culture that meets the evolving regulatory and stakeholder expectations surrounding ethics and compliance. [Syllabus], [Full course slides], [PhD lecture]
ESG READING GROUP
In 2020, I helped design an ESG reading group for graduate students at Duke. Link to the reading list: [ESG Topics].
I've been honored to teach Corporate Finance across a number of programs: MS, MBA, EMBA, PhD, and JD. I always say that maximizing firm value is a team sport, so I'm happy to partner with students where they are in their careers and help them to learn about how investment, financing, and payout decisions are made. I was awarded Fuqua's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. Links to recent syllabi for the PhD and MBA courses: [PhD], [MBA], [JD].
SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT FUND
This course trains students on sustainable investment principles and methodologies and to become managers and investors of sustainable/responsible/ESG investment portfolios. The Sustainable Investment Fund was launched with generous gifts from Haas alumni, and this flagship course allows MBA students, as Fund Principals, to manage a $4.5 million fund dedicated to delivering both strong financial returns and positive social impact. [MBA]
Decisions to trade and produce require trust: trust that consumers, firms, workers, financial institutions, and asset owners will do as they promise and that violations of such promises will be unacceptable in the marketplace. Business law provides these guarantees and the boundaries within which certain promises can be made and enforced. This course provides a broad overview of the legal system and the primary substantive areas of law relevant to business decisions and transactions. [BA]
INSIDE THE BOARDROOM
This course examines the relationships between executives and the boards of directors charged with overseeing them. While boards are legally bound to represent the interests of equity investors, when carrying out this duty they are often called on to respond to the needs of numerous other stakeholders and society at large. With mistakes instantly transmitted via social media, the reputational stakes are high. Via case studies, we examine what determines the best corporate governance practices. [MBA]
THE WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dissertation title: "Social Forces in Corporate Finance"
Dissertation committee: David Musto, Mark Duggan (co-chairs), Michael Roberts and Todd Sinai
Completed a Master's degree in Mathematics and Statistics while working full-time in Washington, D.C.
Double majored in Economics and Classical Civilizations
Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative Grant for "Scaling Decentralized
Convergence Research (CORE) Institute Fellowship for "Tackling Climate-Induced Challenges with AI"
Leavey Center Grant for Sustainability Research
Ripple's University Blockchain Initiative Grant for "Control of Decentralized
HKU-SCF FinTech Academy Grant for "The FinTech Workforce"
Center for Growth Markets Grant
Institute for Humane Studies Grant for "Inclusivity in the Metaverse"
INQUIRE Europe Research Grant for "ESG Integration Across Funds and Debiasing Data"
Paris-Dauphine FinTech Research Award for "ESG Integration Across Funds and Debiasing Data"
IBSI-Haas Lab for Sustainable Financial Services and Innovation for "FinTech Regulation"
Best Paper in Corporate Governance awarded by IRRC for "Corporate Culture: Evidence from the Field"
Duke Intellectual Community Planning Grant for "Big Data and Social Interactions"
Thomas Edison Innovation Award, George Mason University
Fuqua's Junior Faculty Recognition Research Grant
Best Paper in Corporate Governance awarded by IRRC for "A Corporate Culture Channel: How Increased Shareholder Governance Reduces Firm Value"
KPMG's Global Valuation Research Grant for "Decomposing the Value of Corporate Culture"
Duke's Center for Financial Excellence Research Grant
AEA's CSWEP Cement Fellow
WFA's Cubist Systematic Strategies Award for Outstanding Research for "A Corporate Culture Channel: How Increased Shareholder Governance Reduces Firm Value"
Best Finance PhD Dissertation Award, Olin Business School for "A Corporate Culture Channel: How Increased Shareholder Governance Reduces Firm Value"
Mack Institute for Innovation Management Research Grant for "Patent Value and Citations: Creative Destruction or Strategic Disruption?"
For students interested in getting involved with academic research, especially in the areas of culture, sustainability, and emerging technology, please email me to show your interest.