I am truly humbled at the opportunity to take on this role at the Center for Sustainable Business in the namesake of a genuine sustainability pioneer, innovative entrepreneur, and a man so ardently committed to doing well by doing good. Since joining the Center late this summer, I have been focused on getting to know my amazing colleagues at the Center, within Scheller College, and supporters among the broader Georgia Tech community. I am excited to begin executing on the robust strategic plan that is in place and to drive new initiatives that will advance sustainability innovation and promote integration of the topic within both business education and practice.
I am also thrilled to kick-off this semester’s MBA sustainability consulting course where students work with companies, government agencies, and non-profit entities on developing recommendations and solutions for a broad range of sustainability-related challenges facing these organizations. Students learn to apply effective consulting skills and are immersed in their assigned sustainability topics while interacting with liaisons from each of the project organizations. We are fortunate to have the involvement of Coca-Cola, Novelis, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Points of Light, Rubicon, and Bank of America in this fall’s course. Topics include recycling, sustainability marketing, employee engagement, change management, circular economy, and impacts of sustainability-related technology on target markets. I am also grateful for the support of Accenture and Jabian in providing project coaches for each of the student consulting teams.
If your organization is interested in engaging with the Center and/or hosting a project team for our upcoming undergraduate business students during spring semester 2017, please contact acsb.org.
Michael Oxman is the new Managing Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, and Professor of the Practice in Sustainable Business at the Scheller College of Business.