University of Pittsburgh

PhD Alumnus Named AACSB International 100 Influential Leader

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Paul Shrivastava (PhD ’81), executive director of the global sustainability organization Future Earth, has been recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB International (AACSB) Influential Leaders. AACSB serves as the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools. Paul Shrivastava

As executive director of Future Earth, Shrivastava’s primary objective is to add more professors from business schools to the interdisciplinary research network globally. He identifies corporate social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability management, and environmental management as areas in which partnerships with business schools would be fruitful.

"I am honored to be included in the 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. In my domain of global environmental change, leadership means serving the global community with transdisciplinary solutions-oriented, scientific research. And I learned the concept of 'leading by serving' from my professors at the University of Pittsburgh,” Shrivastava said.

“In this era of mounting anthropogenic global environmental changes, universities have a special responsibility to educate citizens to manage ethically and with ecocentric values, principles, and methods. I am gratified to see AACSB emphasizing such environmental education in its programs."

Shrivastava joins individuals from across 21 countries as a recipient of this award. The honorees represent more than 20 industry sectors and include such accomplished professionals as Jeffrey J. Clarke, chief executive officer of Eastman Kodak; Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Yum! Brands; Garrett Ilg, vice president of field operations of Adobe Systems, Inc.; Colin Powell, former United States Secretary of State; and Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club just to name a few.

Shrivastava has more than three decades of experience in management education, entrepreneurship, and consulting. Previous roles include David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University; Associate Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business; and Howard I. Scott Professor of Management at Bucknell University.

Shrivastava earned his PhD in strategic planning and policy from the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in 1981. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Bhopal University and a master’s degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta.

“Paul’s recognition as one of AACSB International’s 100 Influential Leaders is a great honor for him and for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. It demonstrates that Paul has made a positive impact on society and business, and on a broader level it celebrates the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that Katz graduates display around the world every day,” said Arjang Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean of the Katz School and the undergraduate College of Business Administration.

Honorees of the Influential Leaders Award were recognized at AACSB International’s 2015 Accreditation Conference in Chicago, Ill. The annual conference addresses important issues affecting business schools, such as technology, faculty models, research impact, globalization, accountability, and more, in the context of accreditation.

“It is my honor to recognize Paul Shrivastava for his contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business for its dedication in providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill unmeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Paul—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s past, present, and promising future.”

For the full list of recipients, visit