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Stuart Hart
  Stuart Hart

Former Business Professor Returning to Michigan

7/25/2007 --

Erb and WDI will host sabbatical of Stuart Hart, renowned expert on the base of the pyramid and sustainable development.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Stuart Hart, a leading thinker on the base of the pyramid and sustainable enterprise, will be on sabbatical for the 2007-08 school year at the University of Michigan.

"The two places where there's the greatest concentration of work focused on things I'm interested in is Cornell and Michigan," said Hart, the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management. "And since I'm already at Cornell, Michigan was the obvious choice, given the people there and the work going on."

Hart said he will be at Michigan jointly with the William Davidson Institute and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

"I'm coming there to see if I can bring (the two institutes) closer together," Hart said. "There's not a great deal of interaction even though there's a great deal of connectivity. The Erb students are increasingly interested in the stuff that WDI is doing. There's not a lot of tie-in there."

"Given that I know both cast of characters I thought I could play a role in bringing those two groups together and bring some synergy," Hart said.

WDI Executive Director Robert Kennedy said he is looking forward to collaborating more with Erb and working with Hart.

"He is a leader in thinking about both sustainable enterprise and base of the pyramid," Kennedy said. "His research and writing brings these two important trends together."

Erb Institute Director Tom Lyon said he is delighted to have Hart on campus this year.

"This collaboration will strengthen our work in the developing world, while building stronger ties with both WDI and Cornell," Lyon said. "Stu's expertise makes him a perfect fit for the opportunity."

Hart said he will not teach while at Michigan but will be available to give talks around campus and lecture in class. He will also spend time writing and focusing on "where I want to go in the next five to 10 years."

Written by Dan Shine

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Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847