Center for Global Business Stewardship
The Center for Global Business Stewardship at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business -- in recognition of the importance of responsible management of the globe’s resources -- has at the core of its mission a commitment to promoting rigorous research, sponsoring conferences and symposia, and creating or maintaining global academic programs all focused on business ethics, CSR, sustainability, and innovative social business models. To do so effectively, the Center engages in initiatives for faculty and student development while cultivating global partnerships with schools of business and organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit) worldwide.
Dr. Linda M. Sama is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and the Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University. She earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the City University of New York, a Masters in Philosophy at Baruch (CUNY), and an MBA in International Finance from McGill University. Her doctoral dissertation addressing the twin impact of governance mechanisms and strategic slack on corporate social response strategies earned her the Lasdon Dissertation Award. She is the recipient of several other awards for her business ethics research and spearheaded the college’s decision to become a signatory of U.N. PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative in 2010. She now serves on the board of the North American Regional Chapter of PRME.
Dr. Sama made a transition to academe after a lengthy career in industry, where she acted as Director of Market Planning and Logistics for a major international subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation. She teaches primarily in the areas of International Business, Strategic Management, Business Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship. She has published over 70 articles, proceedings papers and book chapters that address issues of corporate social responsibility, business and the natural environment, integrative social contracts theory, and global business ethics dilemmas in the new economy. Her research appears in journals such as The Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Society Review, The Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and the International Journal of Value-Based Management. She has also published research for the U.S. Department of Transportation related to the effects of NAFTA on U.S.-Mexico border logistics. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal.
Dr. Sama founded, launched and serves as program director for GLOBE (Global Loan Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs). GLOBE is a student-managed academic program at TCB that provides loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world with the help of its field partners, the Daughters of Charity, while simultaneously educating students about microfinance and social entrepreneurship. http://www.stjohns.edu/globe. She also founded the Center for Global Business Stewardship (CGBS) and serves as its Executive Director. The CGBS houses all global programs for the college and engages faculty and students in scholarship related to good business stewardship.
In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Sama also developed and implemented a Global Destination Course (GDC) program in TCB, offering a menu of undergraduate and graduate business courses featuring a short-term travel component related to the academic content of the course. Students hailing from the various TCB campuses in New York and Rome participate in a unique opportunity, working on-line with a professor to prepare academically for the trip, and traveling together during the intercession for business site visits in exciting destinations within Europe, Asia and South America. www.stjohns.edu/tobingdc
Dr. Sama consults to industry, NGOs, and government on Strategic Planning, Global Leadership and Business Ethics topics and has offered related seminars and training sessions. She has been an invited speaker at a number of international conferences on business ethics, including one hosted by the famed Wharton School. Dr. Sama’s avocation is choral singing and she has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall on over 30 occasions as a member of New York City’s The Cecilia Chorus.
Dr. Linda M. Sama, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management
Director GLOBE Program - Global Microloan Program
Executive Director- Center for Global Business Stewardship
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