Details for Pamplin School of Business Administration

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Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate

Institution is part of

University of Portland


Portland, Oregon, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

21 Aug 2009

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

23 Feb 2011

Sharing Information on Progress (2011)

University of Portland Sharing Information on Progress Report - View Report

Our SIP report provides examples of the progress we have made as a school and a university in fulfilling the six Principles of PRME. It also provides an abbreviated description of several of the activities initiated by the university itself and their efforts that fall within the purview of PRME.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Pamplin School of Business at the U. of Portland has several initiatives related to curriculum integration and program design. These initiatives include : (1) a new concentration in sustainability for our traditional MBA program, (2) a new specialized MBA focusing on nonprofit management, and (3) a new MS Finance program with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility and business ethics integrated throughout the program.

1. As mentioned above, our current MBA program is adding a new concentration in Sustainability consisting of four (4) classes. A unique feature of this program is required participation in a one-day workshop on The Natural Step.

a. Systems Thinking, Resilience and Sustainability
Sustainability requires a systems thinking approach for its implementation and management. This course develops systems thinking perspectives and skills through a series of case studies drawn from environmental, social and business contexts.

System resilience is becoming a key organizing principle for defining and measuring sustainability. Resilience – the ability of a system to withstand, and learn from, external impacts – has important implications for managing any organization through rapid change and uncertainty.

b. Economics and Metrics for Sustainability- BUS 5xx
Organizations require the ability to effectively frame and quantify social and environmental impacts and sustainability related goals and targets. The course will include critical examination of ecological and environmental economics, Natural Step, and the role of business, nonprofit, and government sectors in fostering sustainability.
Through field study in the Portland region, students will learn how to benchmark an organization's sustainability performance, build the quantitative and qualitative case for sustainability action, and propose flexible strategies for moving forward. (This course was first offered to our MBA students in Fall2008).

c. Sustainable Marketing - BUS 5xx
Sustainable marketing is about marketing sustainably, i.e., conducting marketing in a socially and environmentally constructive manner; and it is also about marketing sustainability as a concept, a core societal value and a socially desirable set of products, services and consumer behaviors. Using The Natural Step Framework, it begins at the mission, values and strategy levels of marketing and then moves through the sustainable management of the various marketing influences (i.e., social, political, technological and economic environments; target markets; and global business) and functions (i.e., branding, product design, packaging, pricing, distribution and marketing communication).

d. Organizational Communication and Collaboration for Sustainability – CST 591
Twenty-first century communication skills demand parties recognize the interests of other stakeholders, negotiate in a principled rather than polarized or competitive process, and make collaborative decisions. Argumentation and presentation skills are needed but insufficient for accomplishing environmental collaboration. Stakeholders need to build their communicative repertoire with skills associated with dialogue and collaboration. This course focuses on the ethical philosophy and micro-skills of communication practices that will further participatory decision-making on issues of sustainability.

2. Our specialized MBA in Nonprofit Management is designed to provide nonprofit executives an educational program combining the best managerial and leadership skills taught in our traditional MBA with the specialized content necessary to successfully manage 21st century nonprofit organizations. Students will be taking:
o Self-tutorials in four course areas: statistics, finance, financial/managerial accounting, and information technology.
o Three of four Values Perspectives courses (Cross-cultural management, corporate social responsibility, leadership, and economics and metrics for sustainability).
o One of two tracks depending on their interests. The first track has been designated a Managerial Tools Track. The student takes three courses from five possibilities (Negotiations, Communications across Barriers, Intercultural Communications, Creativity, and MIS). A second track is available for students desiring more in-depth expertise in a particular functional area such as marketing, finance, etc. hence, the student could take 3 marketing classes, or 3 finance classes, and so on.
o 15 hours of elective nonprofit coursework. An additional capstone experience, required of all students, would be either a field project or a thesis.
o 5 of 6 possible nonprofit classes, including the following:
1. BUS59x Management of Non-profit Organizations (previously taught as part of our regular MBA curriculum)
2. BUS59x: Social Entrepreneurship (previously taught as part of our regular MBA curriculum)
3. Marketing for the Nonprofit (new)
4. Financial Mgt for the Nonprofit (new)
5. Program Evaluation: Measuring Social Outcomes (new)
6. Strategic Planning for Nonprofits (new)

3. Our new MS Finance program, starting Spring 2010, will be aligned with the mission of the University by providing a high quality program that emphasizes ethical corporate governance. One of four goals of the UP-MSF program is: MSF graduates will understand the importance of ethical financial governance to the sustainability of their business enterprise, and the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders. This will be accomplished through judicial selection of texts, course applications, and required projects. The importance of ethical conduct will be stressed throughout the MSF curriculum, and the course descriptions in the University bulletins and individual syllabi will reflect this goal.

4. Sustainability/business ethics/CSR principles are woven throughout both the undergraduate and graduate business school curricula. They include, for example:
o Applied Marketing Strategy class uses the Natural Step program as an organizing framework
o Corporate Social Responsibility covers the areas of CSR and business ethics
o Social Entrepreneurship deals with the concept of doing well and doing good simultaneously and puts forth a strong emphasis on the triple bottom line.
o Undergraduates must take 3 courses in philosophy and 3 in theology.
o Nicole DeHoratius, a faculty member specializing in supply chain management is incorporating the theme of humanitarian supply chains into her operations classes. A book chapter and a guest speaker from Mercy Corps will be used in 2009-10 to address this topic. In addition, Nicole is using the ITC eChoupal case addressing how a big company can do “social good” when redesigning its supply chain.
o Our undergraduate management classes discuss issues related to labor rights and the ethical challenges of offshoring and downsizing through the use of Nike cases, as well as the rewards and challenges of partnering with unions.

5. Fundraising for program development and research:
o Dean Robin Anderson raised $23,500 for the Entrepreneurs and Global Leaders in Environmental Sustainability program from NCIIA in 2005.
o Dean Anderson raised $6,000 for the Entrepreneur and Global Leaders in Environmental Sustainability program from NCIIA, 2007.
o Deborah Stephens, Coleman Grant, “Learning from the BEST: Profiling sustainable business practices of local entreprerneurs- winners of 2006 and 2007 BEST Award.” Spring, 2008, with Elena Bernard
o Diane Martin, 2007 Awarded $2000 Coleman Foundation. Two grants supporting sustainable entrepreneurship teaching materials.

6. Additional campus learning vehicles dealing with sustainability and/or CSR that are open to our students include, amongst others:
o Graduate symposium (cross-campus) dealing with ethical issues viewed from the different filters of their professions (business, nursing, education, engineering, etc.)
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Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

A sample of faculty research and knowledge development over the last 5 years includes:

o Martin, Diane M. and Schouten, John, W., “Sustainable Marketing,” 2010


o Martin, Diane. M. and Schouten, John. W. (forthcoming) “Green Retailing,” Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide. eReference, Green Series, Editor: Paul Robbins, SAGE.
o Martin, D.M. & Schouten, J. W. (2009) “Engineering a Mainstream Market for Sustainability: Insights from Wal-Mart’s Perfect Storm,” in John F. Sherry, Jr., and Eileen Fisher (Eds.) Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory, London:Routledge, (pp.150-167).

o Easton, Todd, “Metropolitan Wage Levels of Less-Educated Workers: 1986 to 1999” Industrial Relations, Vol. 45.2 (2006), pp. 119-146.
o Lippman, Ellen, “Biblical Safeguards and Traditions as Potential Guidance for the Lending of Monies,” Journal of Business Ethics, 78: 109 – 120, 2008.
o Lippman, Ellen, The Culpability of Accounting in Perpetuating the Holocaust,” Accounting History Journal, Special Issue “International Perspectives on Race and Gender in Accounting’s Past”, Vol. 12 (3) 2007 (with Paula Wilson, University of Puget Sound).
o Adrangi, Bahram, and Chatrath, Arjun, “Linkage between GDP and emissions: A Global Perspective on Environmental Kuznets Curve,” Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 3, No. 5, May 2005. (with K. Dhanda)
o Adrangi, Bahram, “A Model of Consumption And Environmental Degradation: Making The Case For Sustainable Consumer Behavior. Journal of Human Development, Volume 5, no. 3, November 2004. (with K. Dhanda and Ron P. Hill).
o Barnes, William, Reverse Logistics and Clean Technology Adoption: The Case of the Steel Industry. The International and Business Research Journal. Summer 2007. (with K Dhanda)
o Barnes, William, "University of Portland: Spring 2008 Environmental Education and Outreach," National Wildlife Federation: Campus Ecology, July 2008. pp 1-5.

o Barnes, William, Book Review of “The Ecological Economics of Consumption,” by Lucia A. Reisch, Inge Ropke, editors, 2004, The Journal of Economic Issues, September 2006.


o Martin, D.M. & Schouten, J. W. (2009, April) Teaching Sustainability in Marketing. Invited presentation at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
o Martin, D.M. & Schouten, J. W. (2009, April) Leviathan and The Upstart: Two Approaches to Sustainability in Marketing. Invited presentation at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Martin, D. M (2008, June)
o Marketing and Sustainable Consumption. Invited presentation at Association of Oregon Recyclers Conference, Seaside, OR
o Martin, D. M. & Schouten, J. W. (2008, June) Marketing for Sustainability. Invited presentation at the Oregon Natural Step Network, Portland, OR
o Barnes, William, "Sustaining Creation: An Ecological Economics View," presented to the Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, Oregon, June 28th, 2009.
o Barnes, William, "2007 IPCC Report Calls On Us to Focus!" One World Trade Center, Portland, Oregon, Saturday November 17th, 2008 invited speaker for media event sponsored by National Environmental Trust, Oregon.
o Barnes, William, "Focus the Nation!" Interfaith Church Service at the First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, January 19th, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., invited speaker
o Barnes, William, “Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Global Environment,” a program introduction for Spanish MBAs from Escuela de Organización Industrial on a two week program, the International Seminar on Sustainability and Economic Development, University of Portland, February 2007 and 2008
o Barnes, William, “Sustainable Entrepreneurship and the Triple Bottom Line,” a presentation for an Invention to Venture Panel, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, University of Portland, Feb 2007 and 2008.
o Barnes, William, “Global Warming in Oregon,” a presentation for the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Portland Peak Oil, Nov. 2006.


o Martin, D. M. & Schouten, J.W. (2009, August) Sustainable Marketing in Practice: Training Students for a New Paradigm. Presented at the American Marketing Association Conference, Chicago, IL
o Martin, D. M. & Schouten, J.W. (2008, October) Toward Sustainable Marketing: Re-Imagining a Discipline. Presented at the Sustainability in the Supply Chain International Conference, Portland, OR.
o Martin, D.M., Schouten, J. W. & Barnes, W. (2007, November) Sustainable Wal-Mart: Driving the New Dominant Paradigm in Business Practice. Presentation at the Sustainability in the Supply Chain International Conference, Portland, OR.
o Marafiote, T.& Martin, D.M. (2007, November) Meeting the In-Laws: How Unanticipated Heterodoxy Complicates the Marriage of Business and Environmental Organization Sustainability Alliances. Presentation at the Sustainability in the Supply Chain International Conference, Portland, OR.
o Martin, D.M. & Schouten, J. W. (2007, May) Engineering a Mainstream Market for Sustainability: Insights from Wal-Mart’s Perfect Storm. Presentation at the Consumer Culture Theory Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.
o Lippman, Ellen, Cost Benefit Analysis – Consideration of Sustainability by Global Corporations, presented at the 14th Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, November 2007, Chicago, Il.
o Lippman, Ellen, Ethical Considerations of Debt Forgiveness: The Bankruptcy Act of 2005 and Jewish Tradition, presented at The 13th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, published in Proceedings, October 2006, Niagara Falls, NY.
o Lippman, Ellen, The Culpability of Accounting in Perpetuating the Holocaust, presented at The 8th Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, 10-12 July 2006, Cardiff, Wales (with Paula Wilson, University of Puget Sound).
o Lippman, Ellen, Biblical Safeguards and Traditions as Potential Guidance for the Lending of Monies, at Ethics: The Guiding Light, The 12th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, October 26-28, 2005, New York, New York.
o Lippman, Ellen, Holocaust Accounting – Considering the Role of Accounting and Accountants on Immoral Decisions, presented at 10th World Congress of Accounting Historians, August 1 – 5, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri and Oxford, Mississippi, published in Tenth World Congress of Accounting Historians Proceedings, p. F-4 (with Paula Wilson, University of Puget Sound).
o Down, Jon, and Ward. K., (Spring 2009) “Strategic Business Planning in an Economic Downturn” presented at the Fair Trade Federation Annual Meeting, Portland, OR
o Anderson, Robin, Bruce Drake, Howard Feldman, and William Barnes, “Incorporating Innovative Courses on Social and Environmental Sustainability into the Business and University Curriculum – The Importance of Networks with Non-Profit, Community, and University Groups,” at Western Academy of Management, Long Beach, CA, March 29, 2006
o Anderson, Robin, “Economically, Ethically, and Environmentally Sustainable Entrepreneurship: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Developing Entrepreneurs and Global Leaders,” with Steve Kolmes and Margaret Hogan at the NCIIA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, March 23, 2006
o Anderson, Robin, Moderator of Sustainability Track Breakout Session at the NCIIA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, March 23, 2006
o Anderson, Robin, “Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The Creation of Entrepreneurs Who Understand the Triple Bottom Line. A Multi-Disciplinary Education Program in Entrepreneurship, Science and Engineering,” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January 7, 2006
o William Barnes and Howard Feldman, “Environmental and Social Sus

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