Colloquium Brown Bag

The Erb Institute Colloquium Brown Bag is an important part of the scholarly life of the Institute.  The Colloquium is a monthly informal research seminar featuring the latest insights and state of the art knowledge in the broad field of sustainable enterprise. Faculty spanning the many disciplines relevant to sustainable business enterprise (Strategy, Organizational Theory, Operations, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Law, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics and others) from both within U-M and other leading Institutions present and discuss their work in an interdisciplinary and interactive framework. The general structure of the seminar allows the speaker 45-60 minutes followed by general discussion. In our experience, the Colloquium proves to be a valuable source of new ideas for faculty, graduate students and practitioners alike.

View the 2012-13 Academic Year ScheduleView older colloquia here

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All colloquia will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
**please feel free to bring your lunch.

Date Speaker Co-sponsors Topic
Room: Ross, K1310
Larissa Larsen
Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Natural Resources, Taubman College, University of Michigan
“Strategies to Reduce the Urban Heat Island and Promote Urban Sustainability”
Room: Ross, K1310
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
Associate Professor. Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
“Voluntary versus Mandatory Standards: Protecting Workers from Adverse Chemical Exposure”
OCT 21
Room: Ross, R0220
Deborah Gallagher
Associate Professor, Practice of Resource and Environmental Policy and Executive Director, Duke Environmental Leadership Program, Duke University
The Role of the United Nations Global Compact
Transnational Public Private Partnership in Promoting the “Global Green Economy” Discourse
Room: Ross, K1310
Daniel Mazmanian
Professor of Public Policy, USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy;Director of New Initiatives, USC Center for Sustainable Cities; (Former Dean of SNRE)
“California’s Climate Change Policy: A Race to the Top” | View the PowerPoint Presentation
NOV 18
Room: Ross, K1310
Luis Perez-Batres
Erb Institute Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan
“Sustainability Venturing and Self-Regulatory Codes of Conduct: Does Innovation Matter?”
Room: Ross, K1310
Laurie Kaye Nijaki
Erb Institute Post-Doc, University of Michigan
“Sustainability and Decline in Detroit: Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Context of the Economic Development of Declining Urban Centers”
JAN 24
Room: Ross, E1550
Michael Toffel
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Technology and Operations “Assessing Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains: Evidence from Social Auditors”
FEB 12
Room: Ross, K1320
 Brayden King
Associate Professor, Management & Organizations, Northwestern University
Ross M&O
“A Dynamic Process Model of Contentious Politics: Activist Targeting and Corporate Receptivity to Social Challenges”

Date Change to: APR 14
Room: Ross, R1230
Robyn Meeks
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan
“Economics of a light bulb: experimental evidence on CFLs and end-user behavior” Abstract
Cancelled APR 11
Room: Ross, E1550
Nandini Rajagopalan
Captain Henry Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Professor of Management and Organization, University of Southern California
Ross Strategy
APR 24
Room: Ross, E1540
Matt Kahn
Professor, Institute of the Environment, Department of Public Policy, Department of Economics,  Public Policy, Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School.
Business Economics and Public Policy at Ross and the Economics Department

Contact Erb Postdoctoral Fellow, Laurie Kaye Nijaki ( or Erb Administrative Assistant and Events CoordinatorStacy Wennstrom ( for more information.

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