31 March 2011 – The business school at the University of Technology in Sydney has created a new chair in sustainable enterprise to be headed by Suzanne Benn that it says will help business leap ahead of expectations or regulations and fare best in the face of growing environmental, social and economic stresses.
Professor Benn said the chair would be a springboard for collaboration with external stakeholders in business, government and non government organisations.
“Business has a long-term vested interest in getting it strategically right when it comes to responsible management practice – as it relates to people, the environment and financial accountability,” Professor Benn said in a media statement.
UTS dean of business Professor Roy Green said that “creating meaningful and cooperative links will be a key to developing innovative research that guides future strategy and models of sustainable business practices.”
Establishing the chair reflected a trend being seen among North American and European business schools where focused, innovative research was supporting the corporate sector in adopting responsible and environmentally sustainable business practice, he said.
Professor Benn conducted research at UTS for 10 years before becoming professor of education for sustainability, director of The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability and head of the graduate school of the environment at Macquarie University.
“This new research chair offers remarkable new opportunities for research that brings together disparate knowledge. It places no confines on the potential to collaborate with other centres of research excellence at UTS concerned with organisational change, corporate governance, sustainable futures, and environmental sustainability,” Professor Benn said.