Marylhurst business faculty will give a virtual presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Australia.
Susan Marcus and Eileen Schiffer developed a poster presentation titled Incorporating Sustainability into Business School Curricula: From Design to Implementation and Back Again. As the title suggests, Drs. Marcus and Schiffer outline the process for embedding the teaching of sustainable practices into business courses. Aspects include forming key partnerships and establishing feedback channels, onboarding and mentoring of faculty, and assessing results through student surveys and capstone projects.
In their presentation proposal, they elaborated: “When applied across the spectrum of business school disciplines, our approach solidifies thinking about, and implementation of, holistic sustainability in business. Through an applied approach within our MBA in Sustainable Business program, students demonstrate their movement from theory to practice and produce measurable results within the context of a business setting of their choice.”
Drs. Marcus and Schiffer also reported on tangible results: Graduates of Marylhurst’s MBA in Sustainable Business program receiving promotions and/or implementing their capstone projects, either as new start-up businesses, or as an improvement within their current organizations.
The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability will be held January 17-19, 2018, at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. The conference attracts leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.
Susan E. Marcus, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Business at Marylhurst University. She works with MBA students on their capstone projects. Susan brings over 20 years of experience in management, operations and business development for public, private and nonprofit organizations in several industry sectors including retail, finance, training and development, and higher education.
Eileen Schiffer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Marylhurst’s School of Business, teaching organizational behavior, strategic leadership and ethical management. She is an industrial/organizational psychologist with professional and teaching experience in the areas of leadership, organizational change and motivation.