Enterprise Sustainability Initiative
In today’s business climate, how organizations manage their triple bottom line - people, planet, and profits - is critical to their survival and success.
Fisher College of Business prepares business leaders to address these complex global issues, including ethical and cross-cultural challenges, issues of diversity and inclusion, and environmental impact and sustainability.
Sustainable business practices approach
Fisher strives to educate students to:
Globally Ranked in Sustainability
Fisher College of Business ranked 24th in the 2009 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Global 100 ranking – leading the way in social and environmental stewardship.
Student Involvement. National Reputation.
Two years in a row, Ohio State’s chapter of Net Impact, an international enterprise committed to using business to improve the world, earned “Gold” status and “Chapter of the Year” status at the 2009 annual conference.
Faculty and Research
Through its focused programs based on cutting-edge faculty research, Fisher offers the best in management education and research, with supporting expertise from across The Ohio State University.
Amongst Fisher's faculty, there are many who have a passion for streamlining and expanding green business practices, as well as preparing our future leaders in industry.
Neil Drobny is a business consultant who works with companies to help them improve competitive advantage through environmentally friendly business practices. He is an adjunct professor at Fisher where he teaches courses on sustainable business practices. Additionally, he serves as Executive Director of the Central Ohio Sustainability Alliance and chairs the Green Business Committee of Columbus Mayor Coleman’s Green Team.
Roy J. Lewicki
Professor Lewicki is a leading scholar in the study of trust development, negotiation and conflict management processes. He is the author or editor of over 32 books, including the leading academic textbooks on negotiation. His recent book, Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts, won the Best Book Award from the International Association of Conflict Management. At Fisher, he teaches courses in Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation and Leadership, Values and Decision Making.
Professor Alvarez's current research focus is on entrepreneurial theory, high technology alliances between entrepreneurship firms and larger established firms, entrepreneurial decision making and women entrepreneurs. Professor Alvarez’s expertise is in entrepreneurship and strategy. At Fisher she teaches Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Development and Micro-Enterprises and Economic Development – Peru/Bolivia.
Geoffrey M. Kistruck
Professor Kistruck completed his PhD in Strategy and International Business at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He holds an MBA from McMaster University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on social entrepreneurship in emerging markets, corporate governance, and the internationalization of non-traditional organizational forms such as nonprofits, cooperatives, and cross sector partnerships.
The Fisher curriculum is designed to offer students flexibility and customization based on their interests in social and environmental issues.
Courses incorporate these issues into classes or assignments, including Ethics and Social Responsibility, Fair Trade and Corporate Responsibility, Enterprise Sustainability, Business and the Environment, Corporate NGO-Partnerships and the Emerging Markets Field Study in international markets.
Enterprise Sustainability Management Program
Fisher offers optional, interdisciplinary career tracks that allow students to create a specialized niche of study to complement their major.
Example Courses Offered
Students learn strategic responses to sustainability issues that can be employed to create business opportunities and competitive advantage, in addition to interacting with executives from a variety of organizations who are integrating sustainable best practices.
Energy and the Environment
MBA 820 - Global Environment of Business (Core class - required by all MBA students)
Leadership and Ethics
MHR 840 - Leadership Values
Non-profit Management and Social Enterprise
M&L 894.83 - Non-profit Marketing
MGT 840 - Lean Enterprise Leadership (Implementing and Managing Lean Processes)
You’ll find countless opportunities for leadership, community involvement and fun through Fisher clubs and organizations.
Fisher Board Fellows
Fisher Board Fellows is a student-run initiative that brings together the Columbus community and select Fisher MBAs through the placement of students on the boards of local not-for-profits as non-voting Fellows. These Fellows, mentored by a board member and with the full support of the not-for-profit executive director, perform a consultative project that harnesses the student's business experience and passion for the not-for-profit's mission while adding long-term value to the partner organization.
FisherServes is a graduate student led organization at the Max M. Fisher College of Business that is committed to promoting awareness of civic and social responsibilities and to connecting the Fisher College of Business with the surrounding community by leading service-based initiatives throughout the Columbus area. Each year it organizes opportunities for Fisher students for community service with the help of local non-profits such as the Columbus Zoo, COSI, etc. It also organizes a number of fund-raisers addressing societal needs.
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of leaders who use business to improve the world. The chapter hosts a monthly speaker series on topics such as construction, finance, renewable energy, operations and marketing.
The group also sponsored the Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship Summit, organized a Green Supply Chain Symposium and plans activities during the university’s Sustainability Week. OSU Net Impact earned “Gold” status this year—one of only 12 out of 241 international university chapters—and received “Chapter of the Year” status at the Net Impact annual conference.
Fisher Tax Clinic
The FisherOSU Tax Clinic provides free tax preparation services to low income taxpayers living and working in the Columbus metro area. The Clinic has developed a chapter of the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The Clinic works with the Columbus office of the IRS to provide assistance to low-income taxpayers as they prepare their federal and state income tax returns. It offers workstations where qualified taxpayers come to work with student volunteers to complete their tax forms and file them electronically.
Fisher Professional Services (FPS)
FPS is the MBA student operated consultancy at the Fisher College of Business at The Oho State University. It combines the benefits of an internship with the advantages of a multi-discipline team, allowing students to work on professional engagements throughout the academic year. Clients include both for profit firms and non-profit organizations.
At Fisher, the Leadership and Professional Development (LPD) program is an integral part of the core curriculum and MBA experience.
Students develop their leadership styles through a broad set of values-based leadership activities designed by faculty experts. Our Ethics and Social Responsibility (ESR) curriculum is embedded in our MBA core classes and co-taught by our core faculty and a faculty ESR expert. Fisher offers an elective concentration in this area.
In addition, Fisher and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State have joined forces to offer a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degree for students seeking a public/private perspective and employers emphasizing corporate responsibility.