Leeds School of Business

University of Colorado Boulder


Kelsey Spencer, Sustainability

Leeds Grad Joins Boulder B Corp

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:11

B Corps are unique in that they must be certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Unlike traditional corporations that sometimes find these standards to be at odds with financial obligations to shareholders, B Corps (benefit corporations) build them into their corporate structure. One recent Leeds grad and Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE) Certificate recipient from the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), Kelsey Spencer, is proud to work for a local B Corp. “The cleaning industry has so many players that don't care about the environment or their employees, and I am happy... Read more »

Business Ethics: Center for Education on Social Responsibility Executive Director, Mark Meaney Quoted in Denver Post Article

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:39

Article from the Denver Post Business Screening out potential violence in workplace is a challenge Background checks, references are of limited use, Colorado employment law experts say By Emilie Rusch The Denver Post Posted: 08/29/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT Updated: 08/29/2015 01:18:23 AM MDT In the days since a man killed two former colleagues from a Virginia television station on a live broadcast, the question has been raised: How much did WDBJ-TV know about Vester Flanagan's past work history before he was hired? The answer: not much. In this case, the end result was tragic, but local employment law experts say... Read more »
Shaun Davies, Leeds School of Business

The Unintended Consequences of Divestment

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:19

Two Leeds School of Business professors, Shaun Davies, assistant professor of finance, and Edward Van Wesep, associate professor of finance, have completed a working paper called The Unintended Consequences of Divestment . "The big idea is that divestment campaigns, while noble, feature two serious flaws -- one, if initially successful, this very success will make the campaign self-defeating in the long run, and two, divestment campaigns incent managers in the opposite way desired -- managers may actually want to be the target of a divestment campaign!" summarizes Davies. Abstract Large divestment campaigns are undertaken in part to depress share prices... Read more »

Updated Economic Assessment of Colorado Oil and Gas Prices

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 14:14

Updated Economic Assessment of Colorado Oil and Gas Prices The sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices has had a measurable but delayed impact on rig counts, industry employment, and taxes, but production has thus far remained stable. Based on the relationship between price, rig counts, and production, 2015 will record a decrease in oil and natural gas production. Download the Updated AssessmentRead more »
Bridge Program, Don Oest, Business Ethics

Getting a Head Start at Leeds

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:38

This summer, a diverse group of 30 students from both in and out-of-state took part in the Leeds School of Business’ Excel Summer Bridge program, an innovative three-week summer course which prepares incoming students for the challenging curriculum offered by Leeds. The program is hosted and organized by Leeds' Office of Diversity Affairs, and to date, has been a resounding success. The Course The Summer Bridge focuses on business math readiness, writing and critical thinking skills, and the challenges of business coursework. The program is rigorous – ranging from microeconomics to Microsoft Excel to a number of unique workshops. Classes... Read more »
Mark Meaney, United Nations, PRME

Mark's Message - July 2015 with UPDATE!

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:58

UPDATE! August 19, 2015: Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) Executive Director Mark Meaney has been named as the Interim Head Secretariat of the North America Chapter of the UN’s PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) program. By Mark Meaney CESR Executive Director I recently had the honor of having been invited by Jonas Haertle, Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat, to attend a series of events in New York City leading up to the release on 26 June of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The promulgation of the SDGs is truly a watershed... Read more »
Huffington Post, Jeffrey York

CESR Faculty Affiliate Jeffrey York's Research Highlighted in Huffington Post

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 14:20

A recent article in the Huffington Post , “Do Startups and Incumbents Differ on Reasons for Entering into Green Industries?” , features a study published by Leeds School of Business Assistant Professor Jeffrey York and Darden School of Business Professor Michael Lenox. The study examines two areas of inquiry: What drives entry into emerging industries for startups versus existing incumbent firms? Are there different drivers for these two different types of entrants? What drives entry into emerging green industries that offer some kind of environmental benefit and environmentally preferable product, like organic food, solar energy or green building? “I’m very... Read more »

VOTE NOW for CU’s Net Impact Chapter!

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:20

The University of Colorado Boulder's Net Impact chapter has been recognized for its efforts and selected as one of three finalists for the Graduate Chapter of the Year Award , in a tight competition with Georgetown and Yale University. The award winner will partially be determined by a public vote, and CU’s Net Impact chapter needs the help of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility’s (CESR) community over the next three weeks. This would be a huge honor and recognition for all that our Net Impact chapter offers to students. The final winner will be decided by the vote... Read more »

Assistant Professor Jeffrey G. York's Research Highlighted on the Huffington Post

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:29

Do Startups and Incumbents Differ on Reasons for Entering Into Green Industries? Article from the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alliance-for-research-on-corporate-sustain... By Jeffrey York and Michael Lenox Scholars and policy makers have long posited that new industries that produce environmentally beneficial products are a critical component of environmental sustainability. New firms may foster products and services that enable environmentally friendly practices, while existing firms may shift their product lines in response. Yet, we know little about the drivers for entry into emerging green industries. Are the drivers different for startups and established companies? Do economic, political, or cultural environmental factors matter more? In... Read more »

Reflecting on the value of an MBA

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 22:16

David Busch, MBA 2015 - In the final days of completing a real estate capstone, I need a second to breathe. Although time is scarce, writing has given me the opportunity to reassess, gain perspective, and figure out why I signed up for these great challenges. Why do I put up with working until 3am regularly? Why should I subject myself to stress? Why risk ostracizing my family and friends? Why overextend myself time and time again? Why pass up guaranteed income for high student debt? Was it worth it? Is it worth it for you? Many people will tell... Read more »


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