Managing for Sustainability
Teaching, research and collaboration inside and outside the university related to sustainability.
Energy Use and Climate Change
This research addresses both mitigation and adaptation approaches to climate change. Mitigation involves investigation of ways in which energy use can be reduced or switched to a different time of day so as to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from energy consumption and electric power generation. Adaptation involves coping with the effects of climate change that are already affecting. Current projects include:
- Location and scheduling of datacentres to reduce emissions from electric power generation
- Policy analysis for management of Canada’s coastal communities, fisheries and aquaculture
Sustainable Management is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the triple-bottom line. Researchers investigate questions about how organizations could, both separately and collaboratively, achieve a sustainable balance among profit, social needs and environmental needs. Current projects include:
- Analysis of pricing differentials between new products and products that use post-consumer content
- Managing human resources and cross-cultural collaboration in international sustainable development projects and NGOs
- The impact of entrepreneurial orientation and other factors on SMEs’ sustainability and development of sustainability measurement scales for SMEs
- Designing a sustainable business model for managing a wireless telehealth network in rural Peru
Sustainable Marketing addresses a range of sustainability issues related to promotion, pricing, product design and development, and distribution. Current projects include:
- Study of various issues and concerns related to green products/organic food/local food consumer behaviour, plus the development of sustainable marketing strategies and models
- Identifying and analyzing the marketing strategies that are most often utilized and are most effective in achieving financial self-sufficiency in social entrepreneurship organizations
The Telfer School of Management has identified “sustainability” as a strategic area of development. A group of six to eight professors lead by David Wright is working on the development of a graduate program in sustainability and ultimately the establishment of a “centre”.