Scheller faculty members represent an impressive depth of expertise and activity in sustainability. Within their fields of study — from operations and finance to business ethics and marketing — faculty members investigate numerous aspects of sustainability including socially responsible investing, environmental economics, brand value, and sustainable operations in their research and teaching. This expertise, combined with Georgia Tech's strong science and technology capabilities, creates an ecosystem with enormous potential for long-term educational, economic, and social impact.
Research and Thought Leadership
Gain Access to World-Class Sustainability Researchers
Our Center-affiliated faculty members develop cutting-edge ideas and technologies that solve the toughest sustainability challenges for today's businesses. Tap into research and connect with top business faculty to facilitate your next project, gain insight on a program, and develop collaborative opportunities.
Sustainable Business Insights: Research Briefs for Practitioners
Our Center’s publication series, Sustainable Business Insights, helps academics influence the way business is conducted today. Written with the needs of busy practitioners in mind, the briefs distill high-level research into an easy-to-read format. By highlighting key takeaways, these briefs provide practitioners with an opportunity to understand an academic article’s primary findings and assess how information may relate to their business interests.
Social Performance and Human Rights Series
Areas of Sustainability-Related Expertise
A sustainable future requires innovations and solutions driven by rigorous, fact-based research. Our Center-affiliated faculty address relevant questions in their research, teaching, and industry engagement. They generate high-impact research that informs the complex challenges and business decisions facing managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Our faculty work with businesses to understand these challenges, explore opportunities, and test ideas.
Companies increasingly realize sustainability can be a source of advantage in the global market. Those that incorporate sustainability risks and opportunities into their strategic planning and innovations will likely see advantages through a variety of sources, including reduced waste, improved resource efficiency, new markets, and enhanced reputation. The first two sources are quantifiable, but the second two are more difficult to measure. Our faculty are tackling this challenge by studying the question from a variety of perspectives.
Over the past decade, the risks and rewards of sustainability have been most apparent in a company's operations. When examining risks, companies should consider sustainability within their operations as well as within their supply chain. Those that don't may face regulatory fines and public relations problems and will likely see competitors who have adopted sustainable operations outpace them on cost and waste reductions. On the reward side, sustainable practices can lead companies to increased efficiencies and new revenue streams via secondary markets for recycled/repurposed products. Our faculty are exploring key questions affecting operations, from basic supply chain issues to developing closed-loop supply chains.
Companies are increasingly considering the role of ethics and human rights in their business models. Beyond the voluntary decisions to make changes, companies also face numerous regulatory requirements that affect the way they do business, in particular new accounting and reporting practices. Our faculty are exploring these and other issues that exist at the intersection of law, ethics, and transparency.