Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business {College of Business}

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Faculty Members

The center draws upon the expertise and efforts of faculty throughout the College of Business.

Some will participate as members, helping advance its mission through collaborative community-service projects, applied research, or curricular innovation. Some will also serve as members of the Center's Advisory Committee, joining members of the regional business community in advising its director and evaluating its effectiveness.

Six management department faculty teach and conduct research primarily in the areas of business ethics and sustainability. They were instrumental in creating the center, and serve as founding members.

Founding Members

Mark Starik, Professor

Mark Starik, Professor

Mark Starik is a professor of management and sustainability in the College of Business at SF State, and is director of the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB). He researches and teaches in the areas of strategic management, business environmental management, and business energy and climate issues and solutions. His career experience includes more than 20 years at George Washington University, in which he co-founded and co-directed two sustainability related centers and chaired the department of strategic management and public policy. He has also held several management positions in various business, government, and non-profit organizations, primarily in the energy and environment areas; and is a co-founder of several sustainability non-profit organizations. He holds a doctorate in strategic management from the University of Georgia (U.S.A.), and master's in natural resources policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Tom Thomas, Associate Professor

Tom Thomas, Professor of Management

Tom Thomas is an associate professor in the College of Business, and associate director of the CESB. He teaches in the area of the social, political, ethical and legal environment of business. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the University of Washington's School of Business Administration, where he spent eight years teaching courses in business, government, and society, environmental management, and the politics of business regulation. While there, he conducted research primarily in business political strategy and corporate environmental management, and co-founded the first MBA Environmental Management program in the U.S. He received both his Ph.D. (in business & public policy) and his MBA from University of California, Berkeley. He also received his master of public policy degree from the University of Michigan.

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Murray Silverman, Professor

Murray Silverman, Professor of Management

Murray Silverman is a professor of management in the College of Business, and an advisory committee member of the CESB. He teaches in the areas of business and society, strategic management, and business and the natural environment. A primary focus of his teaching and research has been the impact of business organizations on the natural environment and what they are doing and can do to become more environmentally sustainable. In 1995, he developed a graduate seminar, BUS 857: Business Management and Environmental Leadership, which he teaches every spring semester. In 2000, he developed an undergraduate course, BUS 450: The Greening of Business, that is a General Studies course, an elective for College of Business students, and an elective for environmental studies majors. It is offered every fall semester. He received his M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University's Krannert School, and his Ph.D. in business from Stanford University.

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Bruce Paton, Associate Professor

Bruce Paton, Associate Professor of Management

Bruce Paton is an associate professor in the College of Business. He teaches in the areas of business & society, business & the natural environment, and social dimensions of sustainability. His early career included experience in government and in environmental consulting. At Hewlett-Packard, he ran a corporate product stewardship program and led training and business planning processes for the corporate manufacturing and corporate environmental health and safety groups. His primary research interests focus on corporate voluntary environmental initiatives and innovative policies to influence corporate environmental performance. He recently developed an undergraduate course, MGMT 655: Business Innovation to Meet Emerging Needs, that focuses on business responses to global poverty and emerging markets. He received his Ph.D. in environmental studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and his MBA from Stanford University.

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Peter Melhus, Associate Professor

Peter Melhus, Assistant Professor of Management

Peter Melhus is an assistant professor in the College of Business. He teaches in the area of the social, political, ethical and legal environment of business. In 1998 he completed a 25-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the last eight directing environmental policy for the company. His primary research interests focus on institutionalized incentives for corporate social and environmental responsibility and the relationship of corporations to their external constituents. While lecturing at San Jose State University in 2005, he developed a graduate course that helped students understand why public and private-sector environmental planning is in the self-interest of the business community. He received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from U.C. Berkeley and his MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Denise Kleinrichert, Associate Professor

Denise Kleinrichert, Assistant Professor of Management

Denise Kleinrichert is a full time faculty member and advisory committee member of the CESB. She teaches business undergraduate and graduate courses on the ethical, social and environmental aspects of business. She is the chair of SF State’s annual Business Ethics Week and she is a founding faculty member of the CESB High School Sustainability Workshop. Her academic career focuses on teaching and publication in the areas of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, gender and social entrepreneurship, board director risk and transparency, and business education. She also has extensive corporate executive experience in the banking, hospital, and insurance industries. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy, MLA in social & political thought, and has M.B.A. course work from the University of South Florida. She has a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University.

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Geoff Desa, Assistant Professor

Geoff Desa, Assistant Professor of Management

Geoff Desa is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business. He is a member of the Sustainability Group within the College of Business and teaches business and society, strategic management, and social entrepreneurship. Geoff's research examines resource mobilization and venture development in the technology and social entrepreneurship sector. He earned his Ph.D. in business from the University of Washington in Seattle with emphases in technology entrepreneurship, strategic management, and public affairs. Prior to that, Geoff worked at Novera Optics and at Hewlett Packard as an optical engineer. He earned his M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is on the board of the Common Data Project, a technology social venture engaged in information technology privacy.

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Caterina Tantalo, Assistant Professor

Caterina Tantalo, Assistant Professor of Management

Caterina Tantalo is an assistant professor of management and sustainable business in the College of Business at SF State. She teaches in the areas of business policy and strategic management at SF State, and prior to that lectured in strategic management, organizational behavior, and Capsim Simulation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Caterina has presented on corporate social responsibility and sustainability at numerous management conferences, and has published a paper on corporate social responsibility and competitiveness in the International Journal of Technology and Management. She received her Ph.D. in management science, her M.A. in strategic management, and her B.A. in business management from Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy.

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Will Weinstein

Will Weinstein

Will Weinstein has been active in the financial services business for over 40 years. He was a governor of the Midwest Stock Exchange and served for five years as a governor of the American Stock Exchange until its merger with Nasdaq in 1998. He was a senior partner at Oppenheimer & Co. and the managing partner of Montgomery Securities (now Bank of America Securities). Will teaches an MBA course in ethics in decision making in the College of Business. He also has taught business ethics for several years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has taught seminars on professional ethics at the University of New South Wales, City College of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University.

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