Profs At Wharton & ESADE Win Aspen’s Faculty Pioneer Awards

Management professors at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Spain’s ESADE Business School received the 2013 Faculty Pioneer Awards from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program for their demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating complex business and society issues into their teaching.  Wharton’s Mauri F. Guillen and ESADE’s Nicola M. Piess were selected for this year’s honor.


Aspen said that this year’s selection criteria are designed with a very specific objective in mind:  to identify and recognize faculty who are ensuring that their students examine critically the purpose of the corporation.

“To be prepared for the complex challenges they will face in their careers, today’s business students must examine basic assumptions about what role business can and should play in society,” says Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Business & Society Program.  “It is no longer adequate – or accurate – to say business simply has to create value for shareholders.  This year’s winners and finalists are exceptional because they require students to wrestle with broad questions about the primary responsibilities of business.”

Faculty Pioneers Award Winners and Finalists will be recognized at an award ceremony in New York on Thursday, September 26.

Finalists for this year’s faculty pioneer awards are:  David A. Besanko, a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; Christopher Marquis, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and Robert P. Sroufe, Jr., a professor of global competitiveness at Duquesne University’s John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business.


Nominations for these awards were submitted by academics around the world. Self-nominations are not considered.  This year’s award winners and finalists were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with academic advisers:  Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business, New York University; Dr. Bruce Hutton, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and Dr. Anita McGahan, The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


Faculty Pioneer Award Winner Mauro F. Guillen Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Mauro Guillen is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, and the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professor in International Management at the Wharton School. He previously taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

He is an elected fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society and of the Sociological Research Association, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His current research deals with corporate governance, the role of the corporation in society, the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. He is the author of 10 books and over 30 scholarly articles.

Faculty Pioneer Award Winner Nicola M. Pless ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University

Nicola Pless is Associate Professor at ESADE Business School in Spain. She previously served as a full-time faculty member at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and held a senior research fellowship at INSEAD in France. She also is a former vice president of International Leadership Development at Credit Suisse in Switzerland, and served at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. She obtained her PhD from the University of St. Gallen, holds an executive degree in Clinical Organizational Psychology from INSEAD and was awarded an honorary chair in business ethics from the University of Antwerp in Belgium in 2011. She is a principal investigator in the “Neuroscience of Leadership Project”.

She has taught courses on the BSc, MSc, MBA, and PhD levels and on executive programs, such as the Georgetown ESADE Global Executive MBA and Stanford ESADE CSR program. She is responsible for ESADE’s “Business in Society” core courses for its Master of International Management degree. Her research occurs at the interface of organizational behavior, international business and corporate responsibility. She is particularly interested in responsible global leadership, decision making processes in multicultural teams, and culture and character of multinational corporations. She has published four books and has authored/ co-authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She also serves as a section editor of the Journal of Business Ethics and sits on the management board of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).

Faculty Pioneer Finalist David A. Besanko, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

David Besanko is the Alvin J. Huss Distinguished Professor of Management and Strategy.  Professor Besanko is a Northwestern graduate, having received his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences in 1982. He received his BA in Political Science from Ohio University in 1977. Before joining the Kellogg faculty in 1991, he was a member of the faculty of the School of Business at Indiana University from 1982-84 and 1986-1991. In 1985, he was a member of the Economics Staff at Bell Communications Research.

Professor Besanko teaches courses in Public Policy, Competitive Strategy, and Managerial Economics. His research covers topics relating to the intersection of competitive strategy and public policy, the economics of regulation, and the theory of the firm. He has published over 45 articles in leading professional journals in economics and business.  Professor Besanko served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Strategy and Planning at the Kellogg School from 2007 to 2009 and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Curriculum and Teaching at Kellogg from 2001 to 2003.

Faculty Pioneer Finalist Christopher Marquis, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Christopher Marquis is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit.  Marquis received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan.  His research is focused on how business can have a positive impact on society and the natural environment and he is currently pursuing two streams of research in this area.  The first seeks to assess how organizations can engage diverse stakeholders in ways that maximize both business and social value. The second explores how environmental sustainability initiatives have developed in China and are influenced by key stakeholders such as the government and investment community.  Based on this research, Marquis has developed two elective courses.  Creating Shared Value: Entrepreneurial and Corporate Approaches  focuses on how businesses can most effectively combine business and social objectives, and he leads an MBA immersion class to China focused on China’s current social and economic challenges.

He has published in leading management journals including, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.  Marquis is a Senior Editor of the journal Organization Science and an elected member of the executive committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.

Faculty Pioneer Finalist Robert P. Sroufe, Jr., John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University

Robert Sroufe is the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness at Duquesne University.  Professor Sroufe received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Operations Management from Michigan State University.  He develops and teaches the signature courses that anchor the full-time MBA Sustainability in the Donahue Graduate School of Business – Sustainability Theories and Models for Innovation, an examination of contemporary decision-making forces that leverages Life Cycle Analysis for operational and supply chain excellence, and Sustainable Tools and Processes for New Initiatives, a seminar that features knowledge-sharing with corporate and government leaders and active learning assignments such as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) competition and development of 50 year management plans.  Sroufe also co-instructs the Sustainability Consulting Field Project and Practicum courses that tie theory to practice in the MBA curriculum, overseeing student teams as they collaborate with corporate clients to address emerging challenges.

In his research, Professor Sroufe primarily aims to understand what drives sustainability performance and how firms can develop effective environmental management systems to enable the measurement and management of an integrated bottom line.  Sroufe conducts research and provides consulting services to a range of firms including 3M, Alcoa, Baxter, Dow, Eco Labs, Ford, Gillette, GSA, H.J. Heinz, Herman Miller, IBM, Intel, Interfaces, Lucent, P&G, Steelcase, and Westinghouse.  He has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters and has edited and coauthored books on environmental management systems and sustainable supply chain management.

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