Robert SroufeThomas J. and Marie C. Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness & Professor of Supply Chain Management
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
820 Rockwell Hall
Education:Ph.D., Operations, Michigan State University M.B.A., Materials and Logistics Management, Michigan State University
Robert Sroufe is a Professor of Sustainability, Operations and Supply Chain Management in the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program at the Palumbo-Donahue School. Professor Sroufe develops and teaches a course on Strategic Sustainability and Models, covering the forces and models driving current decision making while integrating sustainable business practices into operations including Life Cycle Analysis. He also develops and teaches the spring case based Sustainable Tools and Processes for Driving Performance course with guest speakers covering topics and assignments ranging from the development of a sustainability management plan for area organizations, to energy management systems, and a Leading Electric and Environmental Design (LEED) competition. Sroufe believes that students thrive when challenged with real-world problems. Thus, he likes to engage students in problem based learning and research that has the potential for tangible impact. During both the fall and spring he develops and co-instructs the Sustainability Consulting Field Project courses overseeing student teams consulting with corporate clients. He is currently developing new opportunities for the integration of sustainability within graduate and undergraduate curricula. Sroufe's course, Sustainability Tools and Processes for New Initiatives is one of just 20 selected internationally by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (Aspen BSP) as one of its 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award winners. He was also an Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer finalist, and has received the University Creative Teaching Award, and the Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Award for the development and delivery of these courses. As a faculty member within the innovative and #1 ranked U.S. MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, he is also an integral member of the faculty team awarded the Page Prize for Best U.S. Environmental Curriculum.
In his research, Professor Sroufe primarily aims to understand what drives sustainability performance and how firms can develop effective environmental management systems to enable the measurement and management of a triple bottom line. His work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Society, the European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Production Research, the Production and Inventory Management Journal, Greener Management International, and Business Strategy and the Environment, while also publishing books on Integrated Management: How Sustainability Creates Value for Any Business, Developing Sustainable Supply Chains to Drive Value: Management Issues, Insights, and Tools; and Strategic Corporate Environmental Management Systems. Professor Sroufe consults with a range of corporations, and conducts quantitative and qualitative research with firms including Alcoa, Baxter, Dow, Eco Labs, Ford, Gillette, GSA, Herman Miller, IBM, Intel, Interfaces, Lucent, and Steelcase.
Prior to joining the MBA+Sustainability program, Professor Sroufe was an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Boston College. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Operations and a dual M.B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management, along with Procurement from MSU.
Hobbies and personal interests: anything that will get him outdoors including, but not limited to camping, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, golf, and training working dogs, primarily Labrador retrievers.
Articles in Journals
Shaharudin, M., Fernando, Y., Chiappetta Jabbour, C., Sroufe, R., and Fairuz Jasmi, M. "Past, Present, and Future Low Carbon Supply Chain Management: A Content Review Using Social Network Analysis," Journal of Cleaner Production, February, 2019.
Awan, U., Sroufe, R., and Kraslawski, A., "Creativity Enables Sustainability Development: Supplier Engagement as a Boundary Condition for the Positive Effect on Capacity Development," Journal of Cleaner Production, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.308, 2019.
Nascimento, D. A., Iano, Y., Loschi, H.J., Razmjooy, N., Sroufe, R., Montagner, M., Pajuelo, D. A., and Oliveira, S. J. (2019) "Sustainable Adoption of Connected Vehicles in the Brazilian Landscape: Policies, Technical Specifications and Challenges," Transactions on Environmental and Electrical Engineering, 2019.
Sroufe, R., Goplakrishna-Ramani, V. "Management, Social Sustainability, Reputation, and Financial Performance Relationships: An Empirical Examination of U.S. Firms", Organization & Environment, 00(0) 1-32. 2018.
Sroufe, R., Lazslo, C., & Waddock, S. (2017). Torn Between Two Paradigms: A Struggle for the Soul of Business Schools. AI Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 19 (2), 108-119.
Sroufe, R. (2017). Integration and Organizational Change Towards Sustainability. Journal of Cleaner Production.
Curkovic, S. and Sroufe, R. "A Literature Review and Taxonomy of Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing." American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 6, 323-346. 2016.
Sroufe, R. "Operationalizing Sustainability", Journal of Sustainable Studies, Issue 1.1, 2016.
Sroufe, R. P. & Johnson, G. (2015). Get Involved in Energy Efficiency: Tapping into Supply Management Issues and Trends. Inside Supply Management.
Sroufe, R. P., Sivasubramaniam, N., Ramos, D., & Saiia, D. (2015). Aligning the PRME: How International Study Nurtures Responsible Leadership. Journal of Management Education.
Sroufe, R. P. & Ramos, D. (2015). Leveraging Collaborative, Thematic Problem-based Learning to Integrate Curricula. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 13 (2), 151-176.
Sroufe, R.P., Spangler, W., Madia, M., & Singadivakkam, J. (2014). Sustainability-Focused Knowledge Management in a Global Enterprise. Journal of Computer Information Systems, 55 (1), 70-82.
Sroufe, R.P. & Simpson, D. (2014). The Role of Stakeholders and Reward Expectations in the Use of Environmental Management Standards. International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
Sroufe, R. P. (2014). Life Cycle Assessment Within MBA Courses: A Tool For Integrating Sustainability. Operations Management Education Review, 7, 95-117.
Sroufe, R.P. & Nirenburg, I. (2012). A Model for Sustainable Supply Management. Inside Supply Management.
Sroufe, R.P. & Curkovic, S. (2011). Using ISO 14001 to Promote a Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy. Business Strategy and Environment.
Sroufe, R. P. & Ramos, D. (2011). MBA Program Trends and Best Practices in Teaching Sustainability: Live Project Courses. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 9 (3), 349-369.
Sroufe, R.P., Park, J., & Wu, Z. (2011). Toward a new Asian business and management. Asian Business and Management (10), 327-329.
Sroufe, R.P., Montabon, F., & Melnyk, S. (2011). Integration of Environmental Management into Manufacturing Planning. Production and Inventory Management Journal, 47 (1), 43-55.
Sroufe, R. P., Leibowitz, J., & Sivasubramaniam, N. (2010). HR's Role in Cultivating Sustainability: What are We Waiting For? People and Strategy.
Sroufe, R. P. & Curkovic, S. (2008). An Examination of ISO 9000:2000 and supply Chain Quality Assurance. Journal of Operations Management, 26, 503-520.
Sroufe, R.P., Curkovic, S., & Landros, R. (2008). Measuring TQEM Returns from the Application of Quality Frameworks. Business Strategy and Environment, 17 (1), 93 – 106.
Sroufe, R. P. (2008). AACSB and ecologically sustainable business schools: Duquesne's approach to a fully integrated MBA program. Organization & Environment.
Sroufe, R.P. & Curkovic, S. (2007). Total Quality Environmental Management and Total Cost Assessment: an Exploratory Study. International Journal of Production Economics, 105 (2), 560-579.
Sroufe, R.P., Montabon, F. L., & Narasimhan, N. (2007). An Examination of Corporate Reporting, Environmental Management Practices and Firm Performance. Journal of Operations Management, 25, 998-1014.
Sroufe, R.P. & Field, J. M. (2007). Use of Recycled Materials in Manufacturing: Implications for Supply Chain Management and Operations Strategy. International Journal of Production Research, 45 (18-19), 4439-4463.
Sroufe, R.P., Curkovic, S., & Eckert, J. (2005). A Preliminary Framework for Using Total Cost Assessment in Total Quality Environmental Management. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 1 (3), 81-88.
Sroufe, R.P., Handfield, R., & Walton, S. V. (2005). Integrating Environmental Management and Supply Chain Strategies. Business Strategy and Environment, 14, 1-19.
Sroufe, R.P., Curkovic, S., & Melnyk, S. A. (2005). Identifying the Factors Which Affect the Decision to Attain ISO 14000. International Journal of Energy, 30, 1387-1407.
Sroufe, R.P., Melnyk, S. A., & Calatone, R. (2003). Assessing the Impact of Environmental Management Systems on Corporate and Environmental Performance. Production and Operations Management, 21 (3), 329-351.
Sroufe, R.P., Melnyk, S. A., Calantone, R., & Montegon, F. (2003). A Model of Site Specific Antecedents of ISO 14001 Adoption. Production and Operations Management, 12 (3), 369-385.
Sroufe, R. P. (2003). Effects of Environmental Management Systems on Environmental Management Practices and Operations. Production and Operations Management, 12 (3), 416-432.
Sroufe, R. P., Montabon, F. L., Narasimhan, R., & Wang, X. (2003). Environmental Management Practices: a Framework. Greener Management International: the Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice, 40.
Sroufe, R.P., Melnyk, S., Montabon, F. & Hinds, T. (2001). Green MRP Identifying the Material and Environmental Impacts of Production Schedules. International Journal of Production Research, 39 (8), 1559-1573.
Sroufe, R.P., Melnyk, S., Calantone, R., & Montabon, F. (2000). Integrating Environmental Issues & Materials Planning: Green MRP. Journal of Enterprise Resource Management, 3 (3), 48-57.
Sroufe, R.P., Curkovic, S., Montabon, F., &I Melnyk, S. (2000). The New Product Design Process and Design for the Environment: Crossing the Chasm. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 20 (2), 267-291.
Sroufe, R.P., Melnyk, S., Calantone, R., Hinds, T., & Montabon, F. (1999). Integrating Environmental Issues into Material Planning: Green MRP, 40, 36-45.
Sroufe, R. P. (2015). Impact Investing. American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. P. & Mawhinney, J. (2015, January). Corporate Sustainability. Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. P. & Sivasubramaniam, N. (2014). Sustainability in Management Education: Multidisciplinary, Innovative & Integrated Approaches. Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. (2014). The 2030 Challenge & Decision Makers. American Institute of Architects.
Sroufe, R. P. (2014, March). 2030 Challenge and Decision Makers: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project. American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. P. (2013). Sustainability: Creating Shared Value & Corporate Purpose. Aspen Institute, New York, NY.
Sroufe, R. P. (2013). Integrated Bottom Lines. Bard College Sustainable Business Conversations, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Sroufe, R. P. (2013, November). Greening the Academic Agenda: Embedding Natural Capital Concepts into Business Curricula. TruCost Webinar on Integrating Environmental data in to Business School Curricula, London, Great Britain.
Sroufe, R. (2013). Trucost webinar on Integrating Environmental Metrics into Business Curricula. Integrated Bottom Lines. Bard College Sustainable Business Conversations.
Sroufe, R. (2013). Sustainability, Shared Value, and Corporate Purpose, Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Awards, Business Education Symposium Break-Out Discussion.
Sroufe, R. P. (2012, December). Sustainable Performance Measurement. Growth in the Context of Sustainability Workshop, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sroufe, R. P. (2012, May). Sustainable Supply Chains. International Conference on Sustainability Champions - Learning From and Improving Latin-American Business, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Sroufe, R. P. (2011). Advantages of Purchasing Locally Sourced Wind RECS. American Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. P., Greenberg, S., & Taormina, T. (2010). Sporting Change: Greening the Ballpark. Association of Marketing Theory and Practice Annual Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Sroufe, R. P. (2009). Sustainable Business Practices. Kottayam Business Association, Kottayam, India, Kottayam, India.
Sroufe, R.P. & Montabon, F. (2008). How Does Environmental Management Affect Production Scheduling? APICS International Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sroufe, R. (2008). The Integration of Real-World Student Projects into a Sustainable MBA Program. In S. J. s. U. Charles Wankel, New York , and James A. F. Stoner, Fordham University (Ed.), Management Education for Global Sustainability. Charlotte, NC: IAP Publishers.
Sroufe, R. P. (2008, November). Creating a Sustainable Organization: Optimizing People, Planet, and Profits. HR Leadership Forum on Sustainability, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R. P. (2008, October). Business Case for Sustainability: Hidden Challenges New Opportunities. Air and Waste Water Management Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sroufe, R.P. (2003). Environmental Management Systems. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan.
Sroufe, R.P. (1998). Green Purchasing and Sustainable Business Practices, Detroit, Michigan.
Sroufe, R.P. (1997). Green Purchasing. National Association of Purchasing Management, Detroit, Michigan.
Sroufe, R., Stevenson, C, and Eckenrode, B. The Power of Existing Buildings: Save Money, Improve Health, and Reduce Environmental Impacts, Island press (2019)
Sroufe, R.P., and Melnyk, S.A., Developing Sustainable Supply Chains: Management Insights, Issues, and Tools:
Volume I Foundations, 150 p. (ISBN: 9781631578496); 2017.
Volume II Implementation, 150 p. (ISBN: 9781631578519); 2017.
Publisher: Business Expert Press
Sroufe, R.P., and Melnyk, S.A. (2013). Developing Sustainable Supply Chains: Management Insights, Issues, and Tools, book publisher: Business Expert Press.
Sroufe, R.P. (2009). Management Education for Global Sustainability, p. 21. In C. Wankel & J. Stoner: Information Age Publishing.
Sroufe, R.P. & Sarkis, J. (2007). Strategic Corporate Environmental Management Systems, p. 272. In Sroufe, R.P. & Sarkis, J., UK: Greenleaf.
Sroufe, R, and Melnyk, S., "The Critical Relationship: Sustainability and Performance Measurement and Management, Book Chapter; The Sustainable Supply Chain Edited by Joseph Sarkis, Edward Elgar Publishing, North Hampton, Massachusetts, USA ISBN 978 1 78643 426 5, 2019.
Sroufe, R., "Sustaining Long Term Programs Through Innovation," Chapter Forward within the Handbook on Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative, and Integrated Approach Through University Leadership, Scholarship and Partnerships. Editors: Jorge Arevalo and Shelly Mitchell, Edward Elgar Press. 2017.
Sroufe, R. "Operationalizing Organizational Sustainability and Integrity of Creation", Book Chapter, Gerard Magill, Kiarash Aramesh, eds. The Urgency of Climate Change: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
Sroufe, R.P. (2015). Sustainable Supply Chains. The Sustainability Frontier: How to Improve Economic, Environmental, and Social Performance in Latin American Companies, 13, 199-217. Cambridge University Press.
Sroufe, R.P., Ramos, D. (2015). The Un-balanced Sheet: A Call for Integrated Bottom Line Reporting. New Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility, 13, 249-273. Germany: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.
Sroufe, R.P. & Luchs, R. (2015). Aluminum vs. Plastic: A Life cycle Perspective on the Use of These Materials in Laptop Computers. Cases in Business Analytics for Supply Chain and Operations Management. Financial Times.
Sroufe, R.P. (2013). HealthCare’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, a Multi Criterion Decision Analysis. In M. Drake, Cases in Business Analytics for Supply Chain and Operations Management. Financial Times.
Sroufe, R.P. (2013) Reverse Logistics and Quality Issues in the Consumer Electronics Industry. In Y. Nikolaidis, The Role of Quality Management in Reverse Logistics. EU: Springer Publications.
Sroufe, R.P., Pentico, D., & Drake, M. (2012). The Remanufacturing Newsvendor Problem. In T. Choi, Handbook of Newsvendor Problems: Models, Extensions, and Applications. Springer.
Sroufe, R. P. (2012). Supply chain analysis. In Daniel Fogel, Sarah Fredericks, Lisa Harrington, & Ian Spellerberg (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 6. Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability (pp. 332-336). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
Sroufe, R.P. (2009). The Integration of Real World Student Projects into a Sustainable MBA Program. Research in Management Education and Development. Charlotte, NC: IAP Publishers.
Sroufe, R.P. (2006). A Framework for Strategic Environmental Sourcing. In J. Sarkis, Green Supply Chain Management. UK: Springer.
My research focuses on "Environmental Management Systems" defined as the formal and informal systems integrating procedures and processes for the training of personnel, monitoring, summarizing and reporting of specialized triple bottom line performance information to internal and external stakeholders. These systems have evolved from reactive Environmental Health and Safety systems of the past to proactive, present day Sustainability Operating Systems improving environmental performance, stakeholder engagement, and resource efficiency.
The primary question driving my research involves what systems and tools are effective in measuring and managing environmental, social, and financial practices linked to performance? Other secondary questions involve what obstacles hinder triple bottom line performance in new product development and supply chains; how will Life Cycle Analysis change supply chain management; how do managers define and comply with voluntary initiatives such as sustainable development to create shared value; and how can managers integrate new information and metrics into existing systems to effectively manage the innovation necessary for sustainable business practices?
I consider operations management and supply chain management critical enablers of new initiatives that call for cross-functional collaboration and visibility. The research questions above capture what are arguable some of the main challenges that today's managers face when generating and delivering value within the emerging domain of "sustainability" both internally and externally for a firm.