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Other research resources and links at the Business School and Columbia University include:

Featured Research

Professor Ray Fisman

"Many purchases require consumers to trust that goods will be delivered as advertised. Consumers perceive corporate citizenship as an effective signal of trustworthiness."
"In a long-running collaboration with eBay, I have been working to understand how consumers respond to charity tie-ins in online listings. People pay more for charity-linked products, but mainly for purchases from relatively young sellers who haven’t had a chance to prove their reliability. Charity signals trust because a philanthropic seller is less likely to cheat his customers."
"This research is part of a broader agenda to understand the costs and benefits of corporate good works."
—Professor Ray Fisman Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise Co-Director of the Social Enterprise Program

Chazen Institute Visiting Scholars: International doctoral candidates or faculty members interested in conducting independent research at Columbia Business School for a period of three months to one year may apply to become a Chazen Visiting Scholar. More information on the visiting scholars program can be found online.

Doctoral Program: PhD students work with tenured and tenure track faculty on research relevant to social enterprise areas. The doctoral program at Columbia Business School is highly competitive, and prospective applicants should to apply to a field of study, as described on the School's Doctoral program web site.

Columbia Ideas at Work: this online resource showcases recent business research with an online magazine, provides research briefs which highlight main findings of research papers, and has a searchable archive of faculty publications and viewpoints.

Earth Institute: Directed by international economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, the Earth Institute supports pioneering sustainable development research and projects in areas such as energy, water, climate change, poverty reduction, health, and urbanization. Under the auspices of the Earth Institute are groups such as the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, and Center on Capitalism and Society.

Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD): Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz founded the IPD to help developing countries explore policy alternatives, and enable wider civic participation in economic policymaking. IPD is now a global network of more than 200 leading economists, political scientists, and practitioners. More information about IPD research programs and publications can be found online.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Summer Fellowship Program

Microfinance models help women of Burkina Faso

Read about the experiences of our summer fellows as they help create social and environmental value.


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