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VSB Sponsors Inaugural Research Insights Symposium, featuring Andrew J. Hoffman of University of Michigan

VSB Research Symposium

VILLANOVA, Pa., May 1, 2018 – Villanova School of Business (VSB) was proud to host its inaugural Research Insights Symposium last week, featuring several VSB scholars and a keynote address by Andrew J. Hoffman, PhD, Holcim (US), Inc. Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.

The Research Insights Symposium featured a series of presentations by nine of VSB’s renowned faculty on topics related to creating sustainable value in countries, industries and organizations, and how companies can advance sustainability in their markets, products and employees. The presentations included:

  • Growth, Entrepreneurship, and Income Inequality: New Insights and Policy Prescriptions  

Sutirtha Bagchi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Economics; Pankaj C. Patel, PhD, Frank J. and Jane E. Ryan Endowed Chair in Strategy and Innovation; and Jonathan Doh, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business and faculty director of the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

  • Market Valuation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Wayne G. Bremser, PhD, Professor, Accounting &Information Systems

  • The Survival Consequences of Intellectual Property

John A. “Jack” Pearce, PhD, Professor, Management & Operations and VSB Endowed Chair in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship; and Pankaj C. Patel, PhD, Frank J. and Jane E. Ryan Endowed Chair in Strategy and Innovation

  • Increasing the Relevance of Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting

James Bierstaker, PhD, Associate Professor, Accounting & Information Systems

  • The Game Changer in the Boardroom

Tina Yang, PhD, Associate Professor, Finance

  • Determinants and Consequences of Nonprofit Transparency

Erica Harris, PhD, The Andrew J. Melton Jr. ’42 Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems

  • Reducing Food Waste via Behavioral Incentives

Beth Vallen, PhD, Associate Professor, Marketing & Business Law

“Being able to host our inaugural Research Insights Symposium is a testament to VSB and its commitment to research and innovation,” said Doh. “We are excited to see this symposium flourish as we continue to encourage cutting-edge research that positively impacts society.”

“VSB places significant value on producing top-tier research that relates to real-world problems,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB. “Our Research Symposium gives us a platform to share such research that engages both current and future business leaders and also integrates theory and practice to make positive change in the classroom and in the real world.”

In his keynote address, The Next Phase of Corporate Sustainability, Dr. Hoffman called on scholars and practitioners to address sustainability in a way that transforms business practice and leverages the power of innovation to change markets and society. He also called on scholars to become more engaged in public policy debates affecting the environment. Hoffman has published more than 100 articles or book chapters, as well as 14 books. In this work, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues.

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