Professor, doctoral candidate to study sustainability collaborations in business

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Barbara Gray, Smeal Executive Programs Fellow and professor of organizational behavior at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, and Smeal doctoral candidate Jenna Stites have received a $25,000 (Canadian dollars) award to study multi-stakeholder collaborations — particularly collaborations between businesses and stakeholders — from the Canadian-based Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).

Gray and Stites will conduct a systematic review of the literature on multi-stakeholder collaborations to identify best practices for firms to collaborate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders on implementing sustainability solutions.

“The product of our research needs to be very practical from a business standpoint,” said Gray. “Our aim is to help inform how businesses and stakeholders can best approach collaborative partnerships among organizations to meet sustainability goals.”

Gray and Stites will present their report at the NBS Annual Conference in September, and it will be disseminated widely to businesses interested in improving their sustainability partnerships.

Gray is also the director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation, and has research expertise in public/private partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, team building and conflict resolution (particularly in the environmental arena). Stites is pursuing a doctorate in business sustainability, and her research addresses corporate social responsibility and sustainability image and reputation, corporate reaction to institutional pressures and corporate social performance.

The NBS is a non-profit organization networking international academic experts and business leaders to shape management practices and research in sustainability issues.

Contacts: 

Barbara Gray

Work Phone: 
814-865-3822

Barbara Gray is a professor of organizational behavior and Smeal Executive Fellow at the Penn State Smeal College of Business. She also directs the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation.

Last Updated September 10, 2013