What I Do

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  • Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
  • Fall 2022: Assistant Professor of Management, Appalachian State University Walker College of Business

I study and teach how to make systems more sustainable, with a focus on businesses and other organizations. A sustainable business generates profit in ways that are compatible with stable social and environmental systems. For more information about my work, see my profiles at Twitter, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, and ORCID.

Prior to joining academia, I was an Interpretive Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the Gulf Restoration Network in New Orleans, and an economic analyst focused on the USA state of California.

In my research and teaching, I focus mostly on the following systems:

  • The system of business practice described by Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • The business organization as a system of people working toward achieving a common vision.
  • Business education as a system of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and hiring organizations engaged in passing on effective management knowledge.
  • Business research as a system of faculty, graduate students, editors, and research consumers engaged in producing new management knowledge.

I root my work in systems thinking, reflected in these articles: