Professor Brickley has research and teaching interests in the economics of organizations, corporate governance and compensation policy, corporate finance, franchising and banking.
His papers have been published in the Journal of Business, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Law Economics and Organizations, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management and the Journal of Corporate Finance. The sixth edition of Managerial Economics and Organizational Architecture (authored by Brickley, Clifford W. Smith Jr. and Jerold L. Zimmerman) was published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin in 2015 (copyright 2016). Brickley, Smith, Zimmerman and Janice Willett authored a trade version of this text entitled Designing Organizations to Create Value,published by McGraw-Hill in 2003. Brickley has served as associate editor of finance and accounting journals. A study published in Financial Management (Autumn 2001) reported that Brickley was among the most cited researchers in leading finance journals over the 25-year period of 1974 to 1998 (top one percent out of a total of 12,637 individuals). In 2002, three of his published papers received the Journal of Financial Economics All Star Paper Award (based on number of citations through 2001).