Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness
SERC is an interdisciplinary centre housed in the College of Management. SERC was founded and is directed by David Levy, who also serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the college. About 15 faculty are affiliated with the centre. SERC has a co-director, Vesela Veleva, who is also a full-time lecturer. SERC collaborates closely with other departments and colleges on campus and with other institutions.
The mission of the SERC is to spur the development of a vibrant and sustainable low-carbon regional economy that serves as a model to the world. We pursue this mission by engaging in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the linkages between sustainability and firm-level and regional competitiveness; by developing and delivering educational programs that provide the skills needed for workforce development to support a sustainability transformation; and by engaging in outreach and service to the larger community.
- SERC developed and co-runs a graduate and undergraduate Certificate in Clean Energy and Sustainability, and extended the Environmental Management specialization within the MBA program.
- Research on Corporate Responses to Climate Change: an International Comparative Analysis. Drs. Levy and Haigh are collaborating with Oxford University and the University of Western Sydney on a project funded by a AUD300,000 three-year award from the Australian Research Council to examine corporate strategies in several energy-intense sectors.
- Research on Making the Leap from Local to Global: A Study of How Firms Address Global Sustainability Issues. Dr. Haigh is currently examining how US firms address global sustainability issues in ways that are successful for the firm and contribute to resolving the broader issue.
- Research on building competitive clean tech clusters in dynamic global value chains. In light of recent concerns that China might dominate new clean energy markets, we are studying emerging patterns of regional competitiveness for clean energy and related sectors at different stages in the value chain.
- Pursuing a large-scale project on Workforce Development in the Clean Economy
- Research on the business and environmental benefits of green chemistry; the role of eco-industrial parks in advancing local and regional sustainable economy.
Examples of recent outreach events:
- The annual Green Careers Forum including 15 local employers and attracting over 120 students, alumni and others in the Boston area.
- An event on hydraulic fracturing – understanding the intersection of water and energy, with speakers Jim Matheson, CEO and President of Oasys Water, and Rich Liroff, executive director of the Investor Environmental Health Network.
- Event on Sustainability and the IT nexus with Kathrin Winkler, Senior VP and Chief Sustainability Officer of EMC Corp.
- Event on low wages with a panel including the Hitachi Foundation, Business for Fair Minimum Wage, and the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston.
- Event on sustainability in the supply chain with representatives from Staples and Ernst & Young.
Professor of Strategy and Management, Founder and Director of SERC