Paul Shrivastava

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Department Management and Organization
Office Address 428 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-4415
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Paul Shrivastava, is Professor of Management & Organizations. Until July 1 2022 he served as Penn State's Chief Sustainability Officer, and Director of its Sustainability Institute. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of Future Earth, where he established the secretariat for global environmental change programs. He is the CoPresident of The Club of Rome, a global sustainability think-and-act tank.
He also founded the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Science for implementing the SDGs at the ICN Business School, Nancy, France. He serves as advisor to the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), Hiroshima University, Japan, and the Future Potentials Observatory at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.


Implementing Sustainable Development Goals
Transdisciplinary sustainability research, methods and cultures


Ph D, Strategic Planning and Policy, The University of Pittsburgh, 1981

Courses Taught

BA 571 – Strat Mgmt (2)
Analysis and application of concepts and techniques aimed at successfully developing and implementing competitive strategy in a complex business environment. B A 571 B A 571 Strategic Management for Converging Economies (3)This course introduces students to the field of strategic management and the skills and tools used by general managers to make strategic decisions. Students learn to use frameworks and perspectives for analyzing industries, competitors, and companies with an overall objective of positioning the firm to attain and sustain competitive advantage. Students learn how to identify the industry and firm-level determinants of profitability and then relate those factors to the development of competitive strategy within the context of responsible business practice. Students also learn how to evaluate strategies to understand how and why companies are successful or not. Finally, students will learn how senior managers use integrative approaches for solving strategic problems.

BA 397 – Special Topics (Variable)
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.

Selected Publications

Crichton R., Shrivastava P., Walker T., Farhidi F., Renwick D., "Going green in the Norwegian fossil fuel sector? The case of executive compensation and sustainability culture at Equinor." Greman Journal of Human Resources Management, 2024
Shrivastava P., "Timely Corporate Governance Actions for Addressing Climate Change." IIMS Journal of Management Science, 2024
Shrivastava P., Kasuga F., Grant J., "From Climate Science to Climate Action." Global Sustainability, 2023
Shrivastava P., Grant J., "From Logic to Action on Flourishing for All." Business and Society Review, 2023
Crichton R., Shrivastava P., Walker T., Faraz F., Weeratunga V., "Improving Executive Compensation in the Fossil Fuel Sector to Influence Green Behaviours." German Journal of Human Resources Management, 2022
Shrivastava P., Zsolnai L., "Wellbeing-oriented organizations: Connecting human flourishing with ecological regeneration." Journal of Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility, vol. Feb 22, 2022, 2022,
Perssson S., Shrivastava P., Zsolnai L., "S.Art and Aesthetics in Sustainability Education Insights into Beautifying Management Education with Fran├žois Jullien." RIPCO Journal Revue internationale de psychosociologie et de gestion des comportements organisationnels, no. 71, 2021
Schultz K., Mnisri K., Shrivastava P., Sroufe R., "Facilitating envisioning and implementing sustainable development with creative approaches." Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020
Shrivastava P., "Transforming Sustainability Science to Generate Positive Social and Environmental Change Globally." One Earth, vol. 2, no. 4, 2020, pp. 329-340,
Bagley C., Sulkowski A., Nelson J., Waddock S., Shrivastava P., "A Path to Developing More Insightful Business School Graduates: A Systems-Based, Experiential Approach to Integrating Law, Strategy, and Sustainability." Academy of Management Learning, vol., 2019
Kanie N., Griggs D., Young O., Waddell S., Shrivastava P., Haas P., Broadgate W., Haffney O., "Rules to Goals: Emergence of New Governance Strategies for Sustainable Development." International Journal of Sustainability Sciences, vol. Norichika Kanie; David Griggs; Oran Young; Steve W, 2019
Shrivastava P., Zsolnai L., Wasieleski D., Stafford-Smith M., Walker T. E., Weber O., Krosinsky C., Oram D., "Finance and Management for the Anthropocene." Organization and Environment, vol. 32, no. 1, 2019, pp. 26-40,
Cremades R., Surminski S., Manez-Costa M., Hudson P., Shrivastava P., Gascoigne J., "Using the Adaptive Cycle in Climate-Risk Insurances to Design Resilient Futures." Nature Climate Change, vol. 8, 2018, pp. 4-7