Marissa Graham '16

Integrating Sustainability into Business

Spotlight: Marissa Graham '16

"I took Fundamentals of Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) with Professor Neil Boyd, and I was blown away. What other course includes kayaking down the Susquehanna River, touring the campus cogeneration plant and actually walking through a landfill?"

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That's how many rising juniors participate in Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management program, an intensive, six-weeks that focuses on globalization, ethics, communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership.

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What is the Bucknell Business Advisory Board?

The Advisory Board is a group of business professionals that advises and supports the School of Management in its efforts to prepare students for the global business world.

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How can organizations survive and flourish while remaining socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible? As a managing for sustainability major, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and deep passion needed for achieving all three pillars of sustainability — environmental, social and economic.

Learn about sustainability and its connections to history, ethics, legal systems, governments and the next scientific breakthroughs, and work closely with professors to offer expert insight on what their disciplines can offer to you to become a successful leader who can contribute to a sustainable future.

Sustainability is one of the foremost challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. All organizations, from businesses to governments to civic organizations, seek to generate value with finite resources. Economic sustainability can be achieved in the long term by realigning organizational strategies to become ecologically and socially sustainable. By taking courses related to environmental study, science, human behavior, design or engineering, managing for sustainability students possess the skills, knowledge, and passion to achieve sustainable environmental, social and economic goals.

Our Philosophy

We are all scholars here.  We have a duty to our profession, our society, and our students to engage in scholarship as a life-long search for new answers to intellectually vital questions. By our example as scholars, we teach our students the importance of an abiding curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

Students come first. We base every decision on what is best for our students, and though reasonable people disagree about what is "best," we do not accept decisions premised on any lesser standard.

The right to be authentic. We believe in allowing each faculty member the autonomy to express their uniqueness as teachers, scholars, and community members. The interplay among these diverse perspectives, rather than any one best model of pedagogy or scholarship, promotes learning, passion, and innovation.

Truly professional education. We are committed to our students' professional development. We define "professional" broadly to include technical competence, intellectual depth, and moral development. The truly professional manager is not constrained by narrow conventions but understands organizations, has the skills and creativity to lead them, and thinks deeply and responsibly about their impact on society.

Leave room for community.  Even in our autonomy, we are responsible to each other, to help each other achieve our professional goals and to work together in common cause. We value the fundamental trust and easy collegiality that we share.

Faculty Spotlight

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Neil Boyd


Neil Boyd

"As we are training the next generation of managers, I hope they see connections between disciplines and that they develop a genuine concern for social issues in the organizations where they work."

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Jamie Hendry

associate professor

Jamie Hendry

"In our program, students are focused on learning what sustainability means. What are the environmental underpinnings of sustainability? What are the social underpinnings of sustainability?"

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Eric Martin

Associate Professor

Eric Martin

"Most problems in the world cannot be solved by one organization or a single approach from a single sector. We need to improve our ability to understand what each sector does best to enhance partnering and leverage capacity. Our students are learning to do that well."

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Hands-on Experiences



Internships provide management and accounting students with real-world business experience, professional development and networking benefits. Bucknell's Career Development Center helps students identify and apply for internships.

Recently, students have interned with Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs Operations and Merrill Lynch.

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Study Abroad

At Bucknell, management and accounting majors often enhance their studies by spending a summer, semester or year abroad through one of Bucknell's own "in" programs or through one of many approved programs around the world.

Recently, management and accounting majors have studied in Florence, Milan, Prague, Spain and Vienna.


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