Terry Porter, Associate Professor of Management

Terry Porter

(207) 581-1990


Maine Business School
University of Maine
DP Corbett Business Building, Room 310
Orono, ME 04469-5723

Professor Porter is an Associate Professor of Management at the Maine Business School. Ms. Porter received her Ph.D. degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, where her research focused on strategic change and corporate environmentalism. Previously, she was a professor of management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her research program centers on strategic processes, environmentalism, and organizational identity. Terry enjoys outdoor sports and recreation, gardening, and woodworking.


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, M.A. John F. Kennedy University, B.A. University of California Santa Cruz

Teaching Areas:

  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Strategic Management
  • Business and Sustainability

Research interests:

  • Strategic Process
  • Organizations and the Natural Environment
  • Identity and Identification
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Organization Theory
  • Action Research


Porter, T., Cordoba, J. (2014, forthcoming). Constructing sustainability. Forthcoming in The International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management, 2014.

Porter, T., Zivanovic-Nenadovic, A.  Identities and Axes of Tension in the renewable energy industry: A case study of emergence at the edge of chaos. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 16(3), September 2014.

Porter, T. and Miles, P. (2013). CSR Longevity: Evidence from long term practices in large corporations. Corporate Reputation Review, 16(4) 313-340.

Artz, N., Gramlich, J. and Porter, T. (2012). Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3Cs). Journal of Public Affairs, 12(3), 230-238.

Porter, T., Derry, R. (2012). Sustainability and business in a complex world. Business and Society Review, 117(1), 33-54.

Porter, T. (2011). A complexity perspective on strategic process research. In Mazzola, P. and Kellermanns, F. (Eds), The Handbook of Research on Strategy Process: 350-368. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Espinoza, A. and Porter, T. (2011). Sustainability, complexity and learning: Insights from complex systems approaches. The Learning Organization, 18(1), 54-72.

Porter, T., Cordoba, J. (2009). Three views of systems theories and their implications for sustainability education. Journal of Management Education, 33(3), 323-347.

Córdoba, J., Porter, T. (2009). Education in sustainability through systems thinking. In J. Stoner, Wankel, C. (Ed.), Management Education for Global Sustainability: 139-158. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Porter, T. (2008). Managerial Applications of Corporate Social Responsibility and Systems Thinking for Achieving Sustainability Outcomes. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 25, 397-411.

Porter, T. (2006). Coevolution as a research framework for organizations and the natural environment. Organization and Environment, 19(4): 479-504.

Porter, T. (2005). Identity subtexts in the discursive construction of sustainability. Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory.