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Thomas N. Gladwin

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Tom received a B.S. with Honors and Distinction from the University of Delaware in 1970 and a M.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1971. As the first Tenneco National Scholar in Industrial Ecology, he received a Ph.D. in International Business and Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan in 1975.  He then joined the Centre d’Etudes Industrielles in Geneva, Switzerland, as a Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Affairs. Tom joined New York University in 1976, where he directed the Global Environmental Program within the Stern School of Business and taught courses on global industry and sustainable development. He was awarded and assumed the Max McGraw Professorship of Sustainable Enterprise and Associated Directorships at the University of Michigan in 1998.

He is the recipient of 22 foundation and academic awards for research on ecologically and socially sustainable commerce, including major awards from the National Science Foundation and the Energy Foundation. He has received four awards for “Excellence in Teaching” over the past decade. Tom is the author of over 125 articles, cases and chapters on international and environmental management and eight books, including: Environment, Planning and the Multinational Corporation (1977), Multinationals Under Fire: Lessons in the Management of Conflict (1980), Environmental Aspects of the Activities of Transnational Corporations (1985), Building the Sustainable Corporation: Creating Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Advantage (1992), Stakeholder Negotiations:  Exercises in Sustainable Development (1996), and Business, Nature and Society:  Towards Sustainable Enterprise (in process). 

Tom has directed a number of major conferences, including the “Business Briefing on the Earth Summit and Sustainable Development” (1992) and has been an active teacher in multinational corporate executive programs (e.g., AT&T, Chase Manhattan, European Center for Public Affairs, General Electric, Global Public Affairs Institute, Hawaii, IBM, ICI, Michigan, NYU, United Technologies, South Carolina). He has also served as a consultant to the Corporate Conservation Council of the National Wildlife Federation, Business Council for Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection Agency, O.E.C.D. Environment Directorate, National Science Foundation, United Nations, World Commission on Environment and Development, World Resources Institute and numerous corporations.  He has chaired the International Management Division of the Academy of Management, as well as its Organizations and Natural Environment Interest Group. 

Tom also serves on the Editorial Boards of Corporate Reputation Review, Greener Management International, Organization and Environment, Environmental Quality Management and Journal of Industrial Ecology, as the North American Editor of Sustainable Development, as a member of The Educational Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and the “Corporate Environmental Performance Metrics” Committee of The National Academy of Engineering, and as an Advisor to, and Board Member of, The Greening of Industry Network, Sustainability Ltd., Council on Economic Priorities, and Trillium Asset Management Corporation. He was the John M. Olin Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Oxford University during 1994.  He serves as a Core Faculty Member in the HRH The Prince of Wale’s Business & The Environment Programme held in Cambridge, Salzburg and Racine, Wisconsin each year.

Tom and his family reside on a farm just outside Ann Arbor, where they recently converted their horse barn into a solar-passive environmental retreat center.


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