Making the business case for sustainability through teaching, research, and outreach.


As part of our dialogue with the Penn State community and partners outside of the University, the Penn State Smeal College of Business coordinates a number of student and staff initiatives as well as events that focus on sustainable business practices.

Smeal hosts a range of events that promote and foster discussion on sustainability such as case competitions, speakers, and programs offered by research centers within the college.

MBA Annual Case Competition

The Smeal MBA Annual Case Competition(s) offer students an opportunity to develop a compelling business case for integrating sustainability into a company’s operations, products, or governance. The event draws entries from a number of universities, and selected teams are invited to University Park to present their case.

Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Sponsored by Smeal’s Center for Managing Technology and Organizational Change (CMTOC), The Advanced Manufacturing Forum focuses on sustainability implementation to enhance operational excellence within plants and offices. Previous forums have explored themes such as lean manufacturing and applying lean practices that focus on product design, manufacturing, and supply chains.