Building Sustainable Value Research Centre

Building Sustainable Value Research Centre

This sustainability centre is part of NBS's Sustainability Centres Community, representing business schools from around the world. Find out more

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Building Sustainable Value Research Centre

London, Canada

Richard Ivey School of Business
Western University


Ivey’s Building Sustainable Value Research Centre aims to increase the impact of research activity at Ivey. It does so by increasing the quality and volume of research, and ensuring that it reaches the community of practice and students. The Centre’s members strive to meet two objectives - research organizational issues that simultaneously build private and public value across the enterprise and educate students and practitioners in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors to understand the intersection of the private and public objectives.

Main Activities

The Centre founded and hosts the Network for Business Sustainability. The Network aims to bridge the worlds of research and practice to advance business sustainability. It is comprised of about 2700 members, of which about 1/3 are academics and 2/3 are managers.

The BSV Centre will host the 5th PhD Sustainability Academy in October 2012. This event, organized by Oana Branzei, attracts about 15 doctoral students annually to Ivey who benefit from the experience of about 4 senior faculty members in the field.

We also hosted our first Ivey Sustainability Conference – Theorizing Organizational Response to Systemic Problems in April 2012. This invitation only event brought about 15 leading academics in the field of sustainability together to discuss leading research, and attempting to elevate our collective understanding of sustainability issues.

We also bring in important speakers. This academic year, for example, we brought Craig Kielburger from Me to We; Dr. Paul Boothe, Deputy Minister for the Environment; Ezra Levant on Ethical Oil; Andrew Telfer, Manager of Sustainability at Walmart; and Andreas Souvlakis of Loyalty One.

We enjoy working closely with the students at Ivey (Ivey Connects, Ivey Sustainability Club, MBA Sustainability Club) who engage with a number of local charities. In 2012, the MBA students held their 2nd annual conference – Shifting Today for a Prosperous Tomorrow with keynote speaker, Nick Parker, Founder and Executive Chairman, The Cleantech Group.

Organizational Structure

BSV’s director is Dr. Pratima (Tima) Bansal and its coordinator is Penni Pring. BSV’s primary audience are its faculty members. Over 40 Ivey faculty contribute journal articles and cases with new courses being developed yearly on matters pertaining to the Centre. Our secondary audiences are Ivey students and the Canadian corporate community.


Julia Bevacqua