Dr. Robert Scherer: Business Students and the Environment

Dr. Robert Scherer

Dr. Robert Scherer

The journeys of business leaders are often shaped by their experiences in business school. This affects their behavior as leaders and their respect for the world around them. Their attitudes towards the earth’s environment can also be shaped during their time at business school (Cordano, Ellis & Scherer, 2003).

In this edition of Voices of the Cliff Douglas Scherer explores the role of culture, norms and beliefs in shaping the attitudes towards the environment with guest Dr. Robert Scherer. Bob co-authored a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Education (Cordano, Parada, Pradenas, Scherer & Welcomer, 2010) which looked at the attitudes business students have toward the environment in two different cultures. The study found that business students in Chile have a stronger pro-environmental stance than business students in the United States, and that those attitudes are shaped in part by their culture and course work.

Bob discusses the study, along with his three key components of leadership, and joins the study’s findings with economic and corporate sustainability.

Get this Podcast (12.9 Mb, 13:12) — Program 2 — November 15, 2010

Program Outline with Time Codes

  • 00:00 – 00:16 — Intro
  • 00:17 – 00:53 — The most important way to be effective
  • 00:54 – 01:19 — Bob’s Biography
  • 01:20 – 02:36 — Business leader development in Chile and the United States
  • 02:37 – 03:47 — Pro-environmental attitude in Chile
  • 03:48 – 05:27 — Altruism and sustainability, Chilean and United States mining rescues
  • 05:28 – 07:36 — Importance of individual initiative and responsibility
  • 07:37 – 08:38 — Developing leaders with initiative and responsibility
  • 08:39 – 10:45 — Three most important ingredients for leadership
  • 10:46 – 12:36 — Infusing the three ingredients into business and organizational training programs
  • 12:37 – 13:12 — Sign-off

Links and Articles Associated with this Episode

Cordano, M., Ellis, K. M., & Scherer, R. F. (2003, April). Natural capitalists: Increasing business students’ environmental sensitivity. Journal of Management Education, 27(2), 144-157.

Cordano, M., Welcomer, S., Scherer, R. F., Pradenas, L., & Parada, V. (2010, June). Understanding cultural differences in the antecedents of pro-environmental behavior: A comparative analysis of business students in the United States and Chile. The Journal of Environmental Education, 41(4), 224 – 238.

Petrick, J. A., & Scherer, R. F. (2000). Global leadership, capacity for judgment integrity, and acculturized organizational knowledge. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 13(2), 97-116.

Petrick, J. A., Scherer, R. F., Brodzinski James D., Quinn, J. F., & Ainina, M. F. (1999, February). Reputational capital and leadership competency: Key intangible assets for sustaining global competitive advantage in the 21st century. Academy of Management Executive, 13(1), 58-69.

Dr. Scherer’s Biography

Bob Scherer, serves as dean and professor of management in the Nance College of Business Administration. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi, a M.A in Management from the University of Redlands, and a B.A. in Communication and Theater from Miami University. Bob is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Bob has published more than 150 scholarly and professional works including journal articles, conference papers, edited editions, book chapters and reviews in the areas of business education, performance, occupational stress, safety, entrepreneurship, international management, organizational communication, and gender issues in the workplace. Bob currently serves as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology and is on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He co-edited the book A Field Guide to Internationalizing Business Education published by the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas at Austin (second edition by Lakeshore Publishers).

Over the last eight years, Bob received over $6 million in federal, state, and local grant and contract funds for international and small business academic and business outreach programs.

Bob served as a Rotary International Teaching Fellow and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Chile at the University of Concepción from 1998 – 1999. He taught extensively and continues to teach courses and workshops in Chile and Spain on leadership, teamwork, and organizational development.

Bob has consulted with over 50 private, public, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of organizational and performance issues. He serves or has served on the boards of more than fifteen public, non-profit, or professional organizations. For nine years prior to entering a university career, Bob held managerial positions in the insurance and magazine publishing industries.

Since his appointment in August 2002, Bob has been strategically focused on positioning the College as a vital economic force in the community. Toward that end, he has worked with the college faculty, staff, and students on building academic programs to meet the future market needs of the regional business community as well as making the Nance College of Business Administration a vital resource for our region’s current business leaders.

With a collaborative spirit and a background in human resource management, he acknowledges that people are at the heart of any organizational success. During his first year as Dean, a number of programs were introduced to encourage increasingly more innovative approaches in teaching, research, and service as well as internal operations.

Bob is a strong proponent of collaborative partnerships. Aside from having formed partnerships with seven international universities, the college has collaborated with a number of organizations to provide research, business education, and outreach programs to individuals and organizations in Northeast Ohio. An advocate for regionalism, Bob also participates on boards and in economic development initiatives that help connect the academic and business communities to one another.

Some Photographs from Bob’s Trips to Chile

Torres del Paine by Robert Scherer

Torres del Paine by Robert Scherer

 

Chile Beach 1 by Robert Scherer

Chile Beach 1 by Robert Scherer

 

 

Chile Beach 2 by Robert Scherer

Chile Beach 2 by Robert Scherer

 

Chile Beach 3 by Robert Scherer

Chile Beach 3 by Robert Scherer

 

Chile Beach 6 by Robert Scherer

Chile Beach 6 by Robert Scherer

 

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