Dr. Stuart Hart is one of the world’s top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is “one of the founding fathers of the ‘base of the pyramid’ economic theory.” He is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business and Co-Founder of the School’s Sustainable Innovation MBA Program as well as S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan), Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India.
Previously, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and was the Founding Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), now the Erb Institute’s Dual Master’s Program.
Professor Hart has published over 70 papers and authored or edited seven books. His work has appeared in leading scholarly journals, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Management Science, as well as leading practitioner journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Academy of Management Executive, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Affairs.
His 1995 article “A Natural Resource-Based View of the Firm” is the most highly cited academic work in the field of sustainable enterprise. In addition, he wrote the seminal article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World,” which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review in 1997, and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the 50 top books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.
Stuart Hart has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the area of sustainable enterprise. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses on the topic of sustainable business around the world. Stuart Hart earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester (General Science), Master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Environmental Management), and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Planning and Strategy).
Join us on Thursday, June 28th at the SMSBF Triple Bottom Line Forum to hear Dr. Stuart Hart give a keynote address.