Elizabeth Kurucz. BA (Hons), MIR, PhD
Elizabeth is Assistant Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Sustainable Commerce in the Department of Business at the University of Guelph. She previously held the position of Associate Director, Academic of the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Elizabeth’s research and writing focuses on organizational change toward more sustainable business practices through exploring a complexity perspective of organizations as it relates to sustainability. She is particularly interested in the social construction of sustainability, the role of leaders as reflective practitioners for change, transformational learning and sustainability, and the potential for multi-sectoral collaboration to catalyze societal learning for sustainability.
In her current role at the University of Guelph, she is involved with integrating sustainability throughout the Department of Business curriculum. Elizabeth has conducted research in government, business and civil society organizations spanning a range of sectors, has published several book chapters and articles on sustainable business and corporate responsibility, and has presented at academic forums across North America and Europe.
Since 1998, her teaching at York University, McMaster University, Dalhousie University and the Ontario College of Art and Design has focused primarily in the area of organizational behaviour, strategy and sustainability. She has designed and delivered courses for BComm, BBA, IBBA, MBA, MES, MEPP, EMDES, MA and Ph.D. students and senior and middle managers across private, not-for-profit, and government organizations.
Elizabeth’s teaching style is a facilitative, learner-centred approach that endeavours to link academic theory with real world issues in order to enable students to develop as reflective practitioners and leaders in their current and future organizational roles.