Robert C. Bird

University of Connecticut - School of Business

Professor of Business Law & Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

368 Fairfield Road

Storrs, CT 06269-2041

United States

http://businesslaw.business.uconn.edu/robert-bird/

University of Connecticut School of Law

Research Fellow

55 Elizabeth Street

Hartford, CT 06105

United States

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Scholarly Papers (55)

1.

The Impact of Compulsory Licensing on Foreign Direct Investment: A Collective Bargaining Approach

American Business Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2008
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 15 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 18 Feb 2008
Robert C. Bird and Daniel R. Cahoy
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Pennsylvania State University - Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration
Downloads 855 (40,047)

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patent, intellectual property, compulsory license, global health, TRIPS, game theory

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Defending Intellectual Property Rights in the Bric Economies

Number of pages: 39 Posted: 29 Sep 2005
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 809 (43,178)
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Intellectual property, international, patent, copyright, trademark, unilateral initiative, sanctions, coercion

3.

Employment as a Relational Contract

Number of pages: 57 Posted: 01 Jun 2005
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 614 (61,924)

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Employment law, relational contract, wrongful discharge, norms, workplace

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The Emerging BRIC Economies: Lessons from Intellectual Property Negotiation and Enforcement

Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2007
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Nov 2007
Robert C. Bird and Daniel R. Cahoy
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Pennsylvania State University - Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration
Downloads 612 (62,187)
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intellectual property, complusory licensing, foreign direct investment

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Can Compulsory Licensing Improve Access to Essential Medicines?

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 23 Apr 2008
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 587 (65,542)
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patent, intellectual property, compulsory licensing, pharmaceuticals, developing country

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The Domains of Corporate Counsel in an Era of Compliance

American Business Law Journal, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2016
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 13 Jul 2015 Last Revised: 29 Apr 2016
Robert C. Bird and Stephen Park
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 556 (70,209)
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corporate compliance, corporate governance, corporate culture, business ethics, corporate counsel, chief legal officer, chief compliance officer

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Promoting Business Success Through Contract Visualization

Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Vol. 17, 2011
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 21 Jan 2011
University of Connecticut - School of Business, University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Vaasa, School of Accounting and Finance, Business Law
Downloads 551 (71,011)
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Contract, Agreement, Visualization, Proactive Law

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Law as a Source of Competitive Advantage

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 22 Feb 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 502 (79,699)

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employment law, intellectual property law, strategy, competition, competitive advantage,

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Law, Strategy, and Competitive Advantage

Number of pages: 31 Posted: 14 Jan 2009 Last Revised: 08 Mar 2011
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 498 (80,507)
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competitive advantage, strategy, legal environment, firm behavior

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Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Enterprise Risk Management for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Enterprise Risk Management for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Society of Actuaries, 2015)
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 15 Dec 2014 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2015
Robert C. Bird and Stephen Park
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 464 (87,631)

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risk management, enterprise risk management, entrepreneurship, small business, corporate governance

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Counterfeit Drugs: The Consumer Perspective

Number of pages: 17 Posted: 28 Nov 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 457 (89,176)
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intellectual property, counterfeit drugs, medicines, consumer behavior

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Moral Rights: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 28 Nov 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 453 (90,057)

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intellectual property, copyright, moral rights

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Turning Corporate Compliance Into Competitive Advantage

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2017
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 12 Apr 2016 Last Revised: 22 May 2017
Robert C. Bird and Stephen Park
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 427 (96,517)
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corporate compliance, risk-intelligent compliance, New Governance, collaborative regulation, disclosure regulation, organizational integrity, enterprise risk management

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The Role of the Chief Legal Officer in Corporate Governance

Journal of Corporate Finance, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 17 Jan 2014 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2019
Robert C. Bird, Paul Borochin and John D. Knopf
University of Connecticut - School of Business, University of Florida - Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate and University of Connecticut - Department of Finance
Downloads 374 (112,956)
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Corporate governance, internal governance, executive compensation, securities class actions

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A Shift Too Far: The Failure to Recognize Shiftwork Maladaptation Syndrome as an Injury Under Workers' Compensation Law

Midwest Law Journal, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 07 Dec 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 322 (132,225)

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shiftwork, employment law, workers' compensation, disability

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VUCA and the Legal Environment of Business

University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 18-09
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 16 Feb 2018 Last Revised: 18 Nov 2018
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 317 (134,818)

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Bridging the Credibility Gap between Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Number of pages: 16 Posted: 28 Mar 2011
Robert C. Bird and Lucien Joseph Dhooge
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business
Downloads 294 (145,408)

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Can Law Be a Source of Sustainable Competitive Advantage?

Number of pages: 20 Posted: 18 May 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 288 (149,655)

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strategy, competitive advantage, law

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Do Wrongful Discharge Laws Impair Firm Performance?

Journal of Law and Economics, May 2009
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 26 Nov 2005 Last Revised: 10 May 2008
Robert C. Bird and John D. Knopf
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - Department of Finance
Downloads 265 (161,624)
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Employment Protection, Wrongful Discharge, Unjust Dismissal, Employment at Will,Employment law, wrongful discharge, good faith, public policy, efficiency, banks

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The Impact of the Moseley Decision on Trademark Dilution Law

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 18 May 2006
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 259 (165,399)
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trademark, dilution, marketing, consumer survey, intellectual property

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The Impact of Local Knowledge on Banking

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 03 Jul 2010 Last Revised: 23 Apr 2014
Robert C. Bird and John D. Knopf
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - Department of Finance
Downloads 242 (176,589)
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labor mobility, local knowledge, relationship banking, covenants not to compete, banks, banking regulation

22.

Pathways of Legal Strategy

Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2008
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 06 Jun 2018
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 206 (205,653)

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legal strategy, competitive advantage

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Why Don't More Employers Adopt Flexible Working Time?

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 14 Dec 2014
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 206 (205,653)
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flextime, flexible working time, working hours

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The Impact of Legal Standing Rules on Deceptive and Legitimate Advertising Activity

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 22 Apr 2008
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 196 (215,182)

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trademark, advertising, standing, federal trade commission, Lanham Act

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An Employment Contract 'Instinct with an Obligation': Good Faith Costs and Context

Pace Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 28 Nov 2007
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 195 (216,156)

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contracts, employment, good faith, wrongful discharge

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Legal Strategy During Legal Uncertainty: The Case of Cannabis Regulation

Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, Vol. 26, p. 362 (2021)
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Last Revised: 04 May 2021
W. Michael Schuster and Robert C. Bird
University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 171 (243,249)

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business, cannabis, CBD, controlled substance, drug policy, entrepreneurship, federalism, hemp, legalization, legislation, marihuana, marijuana, medical marijuana, policy, preemption, prohibition, regulation, strategy, trademark, intellectual property, law and strategy

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Do Boards Have Style? Evidence from Director Style Divergence and Board Turnover

University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 19-01
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 08 Dec 2021
Robert C. Bird, Paul Borochin, John D. Knopf and Luchun Ma
University of Connecticut - School of Business, University of Florida - Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, University of Connecticut - Department of Finance and University of Connecticut
Downloads 166 (248,119)

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Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Board Dynamics

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Anti-GMO and Vaccine-Autism Public Policy Campaigns in the Court of Public Opinion

University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 20-06, Hastings Law Journal, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 20 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 12 Feb 2021
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 158 (258,719)

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genetically modified foods, vaccines, law and science, public policy

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Caremark Compliance for the Next Twenty-Five Years

Bird, Robert C. (forthcoming 2021), “Caremark Compliance for the Next Twenty-Five Years,” American Business Law Journal, 58(1), ___-___.
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 16 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2020
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 151 (269,723)

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30.

Shiftwork and the Law

Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 27 Apr 2006
Robert C. Bird and Niki Mirtorabi
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Concord University - School of Law
Downloads 148 (272,695)

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employment law, shift work, americans with disabilities act, constructive discharge, retaliation

31.

Organic Corporate Governance

Boston College Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2018
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 24 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 29 Jan 2018
Robert C. Bird and Stephen Park
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 144 (278,668)

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corporate governance, corporate compliance, mutual monitoring, chief legal officer, general counsel, professional responsibility, securities regulation, shareholder activism, shareholder empowerment

32.

Rethinking Wrongful Discharge: A Descriptive-Continuum Approach

Number of pages: 57 Posted: 12 Aug 2003
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 143 (280,158)
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Employment law, wrongful discharge, good faith, public policy

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Reviving Necessity in Eminent Domain

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 33, 2010
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 25 May 2009 Last Revised: 29 Jun 2009
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 133 (296,279)

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eminent domain, necessity, public use, takings

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Corporate Voluntarism and Liability for Human Rights in a Post-Kiobel World

Kentucky Law Journal, Vol. 102, No. 3, 2014
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 01 Apr 2014
Robert C. Bird, Daniel R. Cahoy and Lucien J. Dhooge
University of Connecticut - School of Business, Pennsylvania State University - Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration and University of the Pacific (UOP) - Eberhardt School of Business
Downloads 130 (301,538)

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kiobel, human rights, ruggie, voluntarism

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Human Rights, Technology and Food: Coordinating Access and Innovation for 2050 and Beyond

Number of pages: 45 Posted: 09 Apr 2014 Last Revised: 14 Dec 2014
Robert C. Bird and Daniel R. Cahoy
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Pennsylvania State University - Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration
Downloads 107 (346,175)

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right to food, human rights, patents, intellectual property, John Ruggie, guiding principles

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The Structure of American Legal Institutions and the Diffusion of Wrongful-Discharge Laws, 1978-99

Law and Society Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 25 Jan 2008 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2015
Donald J. Smythe and Robert C. Bird
California Western School of Law and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 97 (369,158)

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Employment-at-Will, Wrongful-Discharge, Social Networks, Legal Precedents, Network Effects

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The Role of Legal Precedents in the Diffusion of New Employment Doctrines, 1978-99

Number of pages: 50 Posted: 17 Jun 2006
Donald J. Smythe and Robert C. Bird
California Western School of Law and University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 97 (369,158)

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Employment-at-Will, Wrongful-Discharge, Social Networks, Contagion Effects

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Precarious Work: The Need for Flextime Employment Rights and Proposals for Reform

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 14 Dec 2014
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 96 (371,539)

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flexible working time, flextime, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act

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Do Disability Laws Impair Firm Performance?

Number of pages: 46 Posted: 01 Sep 2008
Robert C. Bird and John D. Knopf
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Connecticut - Department of Finance
Downloads 94 (376,519)
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disability, empirical, ADA, employment, discrimination, accommodation

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Legal Precedents, Judicial Discretion, and the Diffusion of the Strict Liability Rule for Manufacturing Defects, 1963-87

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 28 Jul 2009 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2015
Robert C. Bird and Donald J. Smythe
University of Connecticut - School of Business and California Western School of Law
Downloads 77 (424,136)

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Diffusion, Social Networks, Legal Precedents, Judicial Discretion, Manufacturing Defects, Strict Liability

41.

Contractual Deterrence and the Ethical Supply Chain

University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 21-13
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 27 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 25 Oct 2021
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 76 (427,272)

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The Final Frontier of Competitive Advantage

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 28 Mar 2011
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 76 (430,331)

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law and strategy, competitive advantage, book review

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The United Kingdom Right to Request as a Model for Flexible Work in the European Union

American Business Law Journal, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2018
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 16 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 30 Apr 2018
Robert C. Bird and Elizabeth Brown
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Bentley University
Downloads 72 (439,985)

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Working Time Directive, flextime, employment law, working time, European Union

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Vaccinating Legal Scholarship from Distorted Science: Evidence from the Anti-GMO Movement

University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 90, 2021, University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 20-03
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 27 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 02 Apr 2020
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 71 (443,289)

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genetically modified foods, autism citation analysis, public health, health policy

45.

The Intersection of Smartphone Technology and Fair Labor Standards

Forthcoming in "Managing the Legal Nexus Between Intellectual Property and Employees: Domestic and Global Contexts" (M. Pagnattaro & L. Oswald, eds.)
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 22 Dec 2014
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 68 (453,521)

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working time, fair labor standards, FLSA, smartphones

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Social Network Analysis and the Diffusion of the Strict Liability Rule for Manufacturing Defects, 1963-87

Law & Social Inquiry, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 23 Feb 2011 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2015
Robert C. Bird and Donald J. Smythe
University of Connecticut - School of Business and California Western School of Law
Downloads 61 (478,956)

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Social Network Analysis, Legal Precedents, Judicial Discretion, Manufacturing Defects, Products Liability

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The Power of Uncertainty in Disability Law

Hamline Law Review, Vol. 34, 2011
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 09 Apr 2011
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 57 (498,437)

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disability law, reasonabe accommodation, ADA, disability discrimination

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Interactive Regulation

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2011
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 20 Feb 2011
Robert C. Bird and Elizabeth Brown
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Bentley University
Downloads 44 (551,750)

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administrative law, regulatory flexibilty act, statutory reform

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Legally Astute Managers as a Source of Value in Organizations

Business Horizons, Forthcoming, University of Connecticut School of Business Research Paper No. 22-03
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 24 Nov 2021 Last Revised: 02 Mar 2022
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
Downloads 38 (587,800)

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Legal knowledge, legal astuteness, compliance, business education, employee hiring and training

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From Suspicion to Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

Texas A&M Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 20 Feb 2020
Robert C. Bird and Vivek Soundararajan
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Bath
Downloads 31 (622,704)

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sustainability, global supply chains, trust, unilateral initiatives

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The Role of Precontractual Signals in Creating Sustainable Global Supply Chains

Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 05 Dec 2018 Last Revised: 31 Jan 2020
Robert C. Bird and Vivek Soundararajan
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Bath
Downloads 22 (693,212)

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sustainability, global supply chains, precontract, framing, developing countries

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Special Report: Summit on the Academic Profession of Business Law

Bird, R.C., Kirschner, C. (2020), “Special Report: The Summit on the Academic Profession of Business Law,” Journal of Legal Studies Education, 37 (1), 87-109.
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 28 Aug 2020
Robert C. Bird and Cheryl Kirschner
University of Connecticut - School of Business and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 15 (742,347)
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Necessity as a Check on State Eminent Domain Power

Posted: 14 Jan 2009
Robert C. Bird and Lynda J. Oswald
University of Connecticut - School of Business and University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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eminent domain, necessity, condemnation, takings

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Rethinking Wrongful Discharge: A Continuum Approach

Posted: 23 Apr 2004
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business

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Employment law, wrongful discharge, good faith, public policy

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Tax Sham or Prudent Investment: Deconstructing the Government's Pyrrhic Victory in Salina Partnership V. Commissioner

Posted: 25 Jun 2003
Robert C. Bird and Alan L. Tucker
University of Connecticut - School of Business and Pace University - Lubin School of Business

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Other Papers (1)

Total Downloads: 197
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The Promise and Peril of Flexible Working Time

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 24 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 16 Dec 2014
Robert C. Bird
University of Connecticut - School of Business
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flextime, working time, workplace schedules, workplace productivity, Americans with Disabilities Act