Dr. Barbara Gray

Professor, Pennsylvania State University; Lead Researcher, Sustainability Through Partnerships report, Network for Business Sustainability


Dr. Gray earned her B.S. in Chemistry from University of Dayton (1969) and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University (1979). She has studied organizational and environmental conflict, mediation and collaborative processes for over 35 years and has published extensively on these topics. She is currently Professor Emerita in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University and a principle mediator in An Olive Branch (www.an-olive-branch.org).  As an organizational consultant, mediator and trainer she has worked for many public, private and non-governmental organizations. Her projects have included:

  • Design of the Citizens’ Radiation Monitoring Program to provide credible data to quell community fears about radiation exposure during Three Mile Island clean-up;
  • Organizational assessment, teambuilding and/or dispute resolution for Oxfam, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Philips Medical Systems, University Health Services (Penn State University);
  • Meditation work for PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (mining issue), PA Dept. of Agriculture (concentrated animal feedlot issues), NTL Institute and Zen Studies Society
    (HR issues), US Forest Service, Association of Tribal Colleges
  • Collaboration training for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Greenpeace International, US Steel, Mellon Bank, MacArthur Foundation, National Associations of Elementary & Secondary School Principals and Stanford University Medical School.  

Dr. Gray has published over 90 articles and three books on collaborating, partnerships, joint ventures, mediation and dispute resolution including Collaborating: Finding Common Ground for Multiparty Problems (Jossey-Bass) and Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflict (Island Press).  Her recent research includes:

Gray, B. & Stites, J. 2013. Advancing Sustainable Business through Multi-sector “Collaborative” Partnerships. Systematic review prepared for Network for Sustainable Business, Western Ontario University, November 1, 2013 (available at www.nbs.net).

Gray, B. & Wondolleck, J.M. 2013. Environmental Negotiations. In W. Adair & M. Olekans (Eds.), Handbook of Research in Negotiations. London: Edward Elgar: 445-472.

Ansari, S., Wijen, F. & Gray, B. 2013. Constructing a Climate Change Logic: An Institutional Perspective on the “Tragedy of the Commons.” Organization Science, 24 (4): 1014-10