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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Core Integration


The School of Business incorporates sustainability into its program learning level goals in the AECSB for undergraduates and graduates. It is stated as follows in the Learning Outcomes: "Evaluate business decisions in terms of how they impact corporate social responsibility." Corporate Social Responsibility is defined as a balanced approach for organizations to address economic, social, and environmental issues in a way that aims to benefit people, communities, and society.

No matter the emphasis, it is deeply embedded into the curriculum. Many classes have projects and assignments that include corporate social responsibility due to it being a program learning level goal. "Promoting sustainability" can also be seen as a core value on the school's Overview page.


Guest Speakers

The School of Business brings in many speakers from businesses in the community. They often represent companies who either use sustainable practices or have sustainability as a core principle of their business.

Pete Ullman, the Heath and Safety Manager at Bay Environmental Solutions came into to talk to Dr. Heather Clarke's students.


Faculty Research


Numerous faculty have written and published papers researching Sustainability. These are some of the prominent examples from the School of Business:

Dr. Gaurav Bansal wrote "Trust Violation and Rebuilding after a Data Breach: Role of Environmental Stewardship and Underlying Motives" with his student, Noah Redfearn. It was published in the Journal of Midwest AIS, a peer-reviewed journal. It won the award for Best Paper at the Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference held at UW Oshkosh in May 2019. It has also been featured in a webinar hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha on November 8th, 2019. You can read it here.

Dr. Vallari Chandna paper "Sustainable consumption and growth: Examining complementary perspectives" was accepted into the premier journal called Management Decision. The paper discusses the implications of the (near absolute) emphasis placed on firm growth on sustainable consumption and complementary perspectives spanning individual, firm, and societal levels that allow for both firm growth and sustainable consumption. It does this by drawing attention to the finite nature of physical resources. The authors integrate multidisciplinary insights from marketing, sociology, environmental sciences, management, and economics to understand the tensions between unchecked firm growth, consumption, and sustainability. You can read it here.

Dr. Chandna also had her paper "Dynamic Holism in Enterprise: Follettian Integration as a Method for Achieving Sustainability" presented at The Future of Progressivism Conference: Applying  Follett’s Thinking to Contemporary Issues, Morganstown, WV. in July 2018 by her co-author on the paper. It was received well and a refined version has been accepted for an upcoming edited volume on the subject.

Like Dr. Meir Russ, Dr. Chandna also worked on the book “The Handbook of Knowledge Management for Sustainable Water Systems." The book chapter “Knowledge Management Systems for Urban Water Sustainability: Lessons for Developing Nations” was written along with UW-Green Bay graduate student Ana Lusco and published in the book in February 2018. You can read it here.

Dr. Amulya Gurtu has conducted a wide array of research on the topic of environmental sustainability and business. Specifically, his research includes a triple bottom line of sustainability (economics, environmental, and social sustainability) for corporate organizations. Below is a list of all of his related publications. To read his works, please click the link listed after each publication.

Journal Papers Published
  1. Gurtu, A., & Arendt, J. D. (2019). Packaging business, and society, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.
  2. Gurtu, A. (2019). A pioneering approach to reducing fuel cost and carbon emissions from transportation, Transportation Journal,  58(4), 309-322.
  3. Gurtu, A., Saxena, R., & Sah, N. (2019). Offshoring Decisions: A Comprehensive & Conceptual Framework, Operations and Supply Chain Management, 12(3), 118-128.
  4. Aljazzar, S. M., Gurtu, A., & Jaber, M. Y. (2018). Delays-in-payments - a strategy to reduce additional carbon emissions from supply chains, Journal of Cleaner Production, 170, 636-644.
  5. Gurtu, A., Searcy, C., & Jaber, M. Y. (2017). Emissions from international transport in global supply chains. Management Research Review, 40(2), 53-74.
  6. Gurtu, A., Searcy, C., & Jaber, M. Y. (2016). Effects of offshore outsourcing on a nation. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 7, 94–105.
  7. Gurtu, A., Searcy, C., & Jaber, M. Y. (2016). A Framework for Reducing Global Manufacturing Emissions. The Journal of Environment & Development, 25(2), 159–190.
  8. Gurtu, A., Jaber, M. Y., & Searcy, C. (2015). Impact of fuel price and emissions on inventory policies. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 39(3-4), 1202–1216.
Book Chapters Published
  1. Gurtu, A., Searcy, C., & Jaber, M.Y. (2017). Sustainable Supply Chains. In M. Khan, M. Hussain, & M. Ajmal (Eds.), Green Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Business Practice (pp. 1-26). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  2. Gurtu, A., Searcy, C., & Jaber, M.Y. (2019. Tansportation and Sustainable Supply Chains. In J. Sarkis (Ed.), Handbook on Sustainable Supply Chains (pp. 410-428): Edward Elgar Publishing.
Journal Papers Accepted
  1. Gurtu, A., & Ranganathan, S. (2020). Sustainability from Designers to Consumers, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives.
  2. Goswami, A., Kedia, S., & Gurtu, A. (2020). A Template for Long-range Energy Planning with Environmental Considerations for Developing Nations: A Case Study. Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly.