The Colorado State University (CSU) College of Business’ strategic plan centers on “Business for a Better World”. Our commitment to impactful strategic transformation spans community engagement, research, and education. GRLI’s commitment to deep systemic change in education, business, and society aligns directly with the CSU College of Business’ current and future work.
As a result of being an Associate Partner of GRLI, the CSU College of Business hopes to:
- Increase collaboration and information-sharing with peer institutions: The CSU College of Business has already benefited tremendously from engagement with the Deans & Directors Cohort. We hope to continue engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations.
- Engage in professional development opportunities: the GRLI and its members are leaders in high-impact global and organizational change. We plan to leverage data, resources, and reporting to improve organizational impact.
- Transform student, research, and community education and engagement: the CSU College of Business is committed to driving progress towards a more just and sustainable future. Collaborations, such as those that take place with GRLI, are necessary for system-wide transformation.
The CSU College of Business has leadership and expertise in responsible business, stemming from 15+ years of running the Impact MBA (formerly Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise MBA). The Impact MBA was recently recognized by Corporate Knights as a top “Better World MBA Program” (top 20 globally and top 5 nationwide). The CSU College of Business is housed within one of the world’s most sustainable universities and is part of a land-grant institution with a mission to conduct research, education, and services that benefit the community. We have cross-college buy-in to our strategic plan for Business for a Better World. The College of Business leadership is committed to collaboration and information sharing for the benefit of society.
The CSU College of Business can leverage its deep experience with impact-focused education and programming in the partnership with the GRLI. Some examples of what has already been achieved in the areas of global impact include:
- Strategic, Impact-focused Research Objectives – The College tracks and communicates its progress in increasing the number of faculty authored publications that address sustainability and global challenge topics.
- Business for a Better World Scholarship Award – Annually, the College recognizes a faculty member whose recent publication has excellent potential to make the world a better place.
- Business for a Better World Summer Support Stipend – In addition to summer support that recognizes and supports all-around research excellence, the College provides additional $5000 USD stipends to those whose summer research programs are judged as superior in terms of their potential for contributing to societal well-being.
- Business for a Better World Dissertation Proposal Competition – The College is implementing a dissertation proposal competition that awards $6000 USD grants to three students whose proposals demonstrate excellent potential for advancing business sustainability.
- Sustainability Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference – As the founding institution and an annual supporter of the SEE conference, the College is broadly supporting scholarship addressing business sustainability and ethics.
- Post-doctoral Fellowship Program – Across disciplines, the College provides opportunities to recruit and hire post-docs to work with faculty on research programs with substantial potential to contribute to societal well-being.
- Center for Marketing & Social Impact – The Center focuses its programming on enhancing consumer welfare, informing public policy, and improving societal well-being through marketing practices that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.
- Host Aligned Editorships – Currently hosting the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, with Professor Kelly Martin serving as co-editor.
GRLI Contacts and Associates
Beth Walker, Dean
Travis Maynard, Associate Dean
Grace Wright, Sustainability Initiatives Specialist
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