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Expert in Environmental Management Systems, Supply Chain Management Accepts Murrin Chair at DU

Dr. Robert P. Sroufe Jr. has accepted the Murrin Chair in Global Competitiveness at Duquesne University’s John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business. In this position, Sroufe will involve students in hands-on projects with area businesses, emphasizing sustainability in auditing, process improvement and change management.

“Robert Sroufe brings to Duquesne great expertise on issues of sustainability in operations and supply chains, including environmental management systems, technology integration and global manufacturing,” said Dean Alan R. Miciak of the business schools. “His research identifies the linkage between sustainable strategies and competitiveness, a challenge faced by every company today.  He will play a key role as we launch our new full time MBA program in Sustainability and by advancing his research with area companies.”

Sroufe will not only conduct research, but integrate it into the classroom and across the curriculum, reducing the distance between cutting-edge findings, the classroom and best practices in the field.

“Issues of sustainability touch virtually every facet of business today,” Sroufe said. “Our students need to study and observe first-hand how this issue effects different areas of corporate operations, as well as the overall viability of a company. Through our program at Duquesne, we expect to build more bridges between research and practices, and between our students and regional companies.”

Sroufe’s most recent publication, Strategic Sustainability: The State of the Art in Corporate Environmental Management Systems, was released in May by Greenleaf Publishing. The book provides insights into strategic and sustainable ways of measuring corporate performance, including manufacturing and other processes, strategic planning, training and performance measures.
Before Sroufe’s arrival at Duquesne, he was assistant professor of operations management at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, Boston College. There, he taught classes in operations management and supply chain management, identifying how companies are redesigning the delivery of services and products because of the explosion of information technology and changing consumer shopping patterns. His classes in management and operations focused on analytical skills and decision-making in regard to environmental operations.

Previously, Sroufe taught in the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. He also served as project manager/logistics systems analyst for the Department of Defense in Battle Creek, Mich., and as a research assistant with the National Pollution Prevention Center, and lab manager for the Research on Microbial Ecology laboratory in East Lansing, Mich.

Sroufe, who received a National Science Foundation Award in the Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovations, also was awarded two research grants at Boston College and was the Sam Walton Fellow to Boston College Students in Free Enterprise. He has received two Best Environmental Paper Awards from the Decision Sciences Institute.

In 2003-05, he served as the primary investigator for KPMG’s Competitive Business Performance Research Grant, and he has written, co-edited and contributed to several journals and books on environmental operations and management systems.

Sroufe started his new position on July 1. The post formerly was held by Professor James B. Burnham, who retired at the end of the academic year.

He lives in O’Hara Township with his wife, Marybeth, and daughter, Alexandra.

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