Details for Robins School of Business
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Executive
Institution is part of
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Sign Up Date to PRME
05 Oct 2012
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
23 Jul 2018
Sharing Information on Progress (2018)
Period Covered: Jan 2014 to Jul 2018
This report describes the PRME related activities at the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Robins School has required a full course in corporate responsibility and ethics of all undergraduates and graduate students since the early 1980s. Over the years the importance of CSR has increased at the school so that in addition to the required undergraduate and graduate CSR course most core business courses and many elective courses include CSR and sustainability components. Additionally, first year seminars during some semesters deal with CSR and sustainability topics. For example one first year seminar deals with "water".
Through our Executive Education division, we regularly conduct programs that deal with corporate social responsibility, ethics, sustainability, diversity, and values based management. An annual program is the Minority Management Program which provides training and tools for minority business owners.
We have a very active offering of "open-to-the-public" and student programs that include talks by senior managers of leading local, national, and international firms; a series of in depth one-on-one interviews (the C-Suite series) with executives and other public figures, and panel discussions (most recently "The Summer of Shame" which focused on various corporate scandals during summer 2012).
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Our faculty is very active in the area of corporate responsibility and sustainability. During the past few years over 16 journal articles, papers, and presentations have been completed by Robins School Faculty. This effort has been led by two faculty members, Professors R. A. Phillips and J. Schrempf.
We are actively encouraging faculty to engage in academic research in the field and to encourage students to engage in such research. For example, a 4th year undergraduate recently completed a major research project entitled "Integrating Shared Value with Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study of Sustainable Multi-National Corporations".
In the final semester of his/her program each MBA student is required to complete a "capstone" project under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The capstone links a student to a firm to study, conduct research, and prepare a report on an issue or problem identified by the firm. During the past three years seven such projects have been completed adressing topics such as waste reduction, stream restoration, and sustainability center development. Additionally, a recent MBA non-credit activity dealt with renable energy.