Today, Harvard Business School’s Dr. Chris Marquis visited Duquesne University, his father’s alma mater, to speak to our MBA Sustainability cohort, professors, and Pittsburgh-area business partners.
Dr. Marquis is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School and is affiliated with the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard University Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations. He teaches the MBA elective Social Entrepreneurship in the Business Sector and a doctoral course on Organizational Theory.
Duquesne professors met Dr. Marquis at the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneers award ceremony in the fall. Dr. Marquis, along with our very own Dr. Sroufe, were both recognized as finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer award, dubbed the “Oscars of the business school world” by the Financial Times.
Dr. Marquis’s visit included an open forum discussion regarding the topics of “Social Entrepreneurship and Creating System Level Change”. The discussion included topics like one-for-one models, benefit corporations, and impact investing, and system-level change as a social movement.
The discussion regarding B Corps is especially relevant to those in the cohort working with B Labs for their summer consulting project. Interestingly, there are over 1,000 B Corps nationally, and five in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh B Corps include Evolve EA, SEEDS, The Big Idea Bookstore, ReWork, and Thread. We are thankful for the relevant and interesting conversation with Dr. Marquis today!