Blog Academia B | Join us for the 2nd Annual Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable- Jessica Thomas, NCSU
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Join us for the 2nd Annual Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable- Jessica Thomas, NCSU

Are you interested in learning more about how academics from around the world are integrating B Corps into their teaching? Are you looking for collaborative research opportunities studying B Corps? Join us for the second annual Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable, hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. This year’s theme is “The Role of the Academic Community in Scaling the B Corp Movement.” This event is open to faculty and students and other researchers conducting research on and teaching about Certified B Corporations and/or Benefit Corporations (hereafter “B Corps”) as well as representatives from B Corps. The B Corp Academic Community Roundtable will be held in parallel with the B Corp Champions Retreat and the B Local Communities Summit.

The Roundtable will highlight research that examines impact assessment methodologies and the impact of B Corps. In addition to presenting groundbreaking research on B Corps, the Roundtable will provide opportunities for researchers to discuss data sources and methods for studying B Corps, provide updates on their research in progress, and allow the academic community to develop a roadmap of current and future research opportunities. The event will also showcase examples of curriculum development based on B Corporations, as well as examples of B Impact teams, student consulting projects working with aspiring and certified B Corps to strengthen their impact business models. Join us in person or via webcast to participate in a conversation about how to share best practices, building the infrastructure for the Global B Corp Academic Community and help to scale the B Corp movement.

Working Agenda

Wednesday, October 4th

  •  8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome, Introductions & Opening Statement
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Impact Evaluation Research Presentations
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am Break
  • 10:30 – 11:45am  Impact Evaluation Research Presentations
  • 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Networking lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm Discussion: Academic Community’s future Research Agenda
  • 1:45 – 2:00 pm Break
  • 2:00 – 4:30 pm Overview of B Lab’s strategic priorities, Bart Houlahan, co-founder B Lab (confirmed)
  • 6pm – Networking dinner

Thursday, October 5th

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 -11:00 Best Practices in Curriculum Development / B Impact Teams Presentations
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 – 11:45 am Closing Statement & Next steps for Global B Corp Academic Community
  • 11:45 – 1:30 pm Working Lunch with B Local Communities and other B Corp Representatives
  • 2 – 7pm – B Inspired Talks and Street Festival, Massey Hall
  • 7pm – Networking dinner with B Corp community

Join us in person for the Roundtable (capacity limited to 75, cost USD50 to cover breakfast and lunch) or via webcast (no cost).

Many thanks to our host, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and sponsor, IDRC (International Development Research Centre).

Details and registration.

Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable Planning Committee

  • Maria Emilia Correa, Co-founder, Sistema B & Coordinator, Academia B
  • Veronica Diaz, Coordinator, Academia B
  • Taryn Fisher, Assistant Professor of Management & MBA Program Director, Antioch University
  • Rosanna Garcia, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Management & Faculty Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, NC State University
  • Joel Gehman, Assistant Professor, Strategic Management and Organization, University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business
  • Rod Lohin. Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Jessica Thomas, Lecturer in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship & Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, NC State University
  • Fiona Wilson, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability & Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, University of New Hampshire
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