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Hons BA (Economics and English Literature), MBA, PhD (Strategic Management and Sustainability).
Barry Colbert is associate professor of Strategic Management in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, and is the director of The Co-operators Centre for Business and Sustainability.
Professor Colbert leads MBA and BBA classes exploring sustainable strategic management, in which social and environmental issues are taken as the strategic domain for value creation. He also teaches a future-facing course in business ethics, which considers the ethical role of business in contributing to resilient, flourishing societies, and has led the Doctoral seminar on Organization Theory at the Lazaridis School. He has served as adjunct faculty and taught at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Kedge Business School (Marseille, France), Audencia (Nantes, France), Dalhousie (Halifax), McMaster (Hamilton) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto). Prof. Colbert also serves as founding Board Chair of Sustainable Waterloo Region, a collaborative non-profit social enterprise focused on impacting sustainabiity transitions in energy, buildings, and mobility across Waterloo Region.
His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Management Learning, Business & Society, Business Strategy and the Environment, and the Journal of Cleaner Production, along with several book chapters, including “The Business Case for CSR” in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility and “A Complexity Perspective of SHRM” in The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management. He is co-author, with Elizabeth Kurucz and David Wheeler, of the book Reconstructing Value: Leadership Skills for a Sustainable World (2013) from the University of Toronto Press.
2020 SSHRC Insight Grant - Catalyzing and Managing Sustainability Transitions. Principal Investigator - $125,899.
2019 SSHRC Connection Grant - Fostering transformational change towards cultures of strong sustainability. Co-investigator - $24,754.
2014 SSHRC SR Grant - Social learning toward resilience: The role of sustainability design labs. Co-Investigator - $126,150.
2009 SSHRC SR Grant - Carbon Neutrality: Collaborative Environmental Non-Profit Organizations as Institutional Entrepreneurs - $91,600
BU411: Business Strategy for Sustainability
BU701: Sustainable Value Creation
BU610: Management Consulting Projects
BU650: Business Ethics for Resilient Societies
BU808: Organization Theory
Office location: LH4065 Lazaridis Hall
Office hours: By appointment.
Languages spoken: English
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