Barry Colbert. BA (Hons), MBA, PhD
Barry is Director of the CMA Centre for Business & Sustainability, an interdisciplinary research center at Wilfrid Laurier University focused on Business and Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He has served as Adjunct Faculty and taught at the Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen), Dalhousie University (Halifax), McMaster University (Hamilton), and the Ontario College of Art & Design (Toronto). He also serves as Board Chair of Sustainable Waterloo, a collaborative non-profit organization focused on advancing the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region.
Barry’s research is centred on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, corporate and business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital. His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Planning, and the Journal of General Management, along with several recent book chapters, including 'The Business Case for CSR' in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, and 'A Complex Responsive Processes View of SHRM' in the forthcoming (2010) Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management.
He brings extensive experience in group facilitation, stakeholder interviewing, focus group research, strategic HR system design, balanced scorecard design and implementation, and organization development work, including team and leadership development. Building on 20 years experience as a manager in Canadian business, he believes that good research is both methodologically rigorous and, at the same time, accessible and useful to practicing managers.
Barry holds degrees in Economics and English Literature as well as an MBA from McMaster University and a PhD in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, with a focus on Business and Sustainability.