Professor Yang Joins Expert Board at Vienna University

03-16-2013
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Associate Professor Xiaohua Yang

Professor Xiaohua Yang was invited to join an expert board for the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (RIMAS) at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Professor Yang has accepted this honor, and she will now be a part of the European Union research project, “The role of multinational companies in addressing global development challenges.”

“I know Professor Yang will be a strong contributor to this important initiative,” says Professor Thomas Grossman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research. “This is a testament to her growing visibility among international researchers. It is very nice to see the University of San Francisco in such good company,” stated Grossman. Current members on the expert board on sustainable development include professors from Copenhagen Business School, Nottingham University, Aalto University, Vienna University and other esteemed universities. Professor Yang’s invitation to join them is “a global recognition of USF’s mission and values on social justice and sustainability,” says Professor Yang, “and having our faculty represented at such an international forum raises our school’s profile and visibility. It positively promotes our school, our faculty and our students on a global scale.”

The RIMAS institute is focused on sustainable development, addressing the challenge from a variety of angles, including Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Good Governance, innovation research, and sustainable consumption. Professor Yang’s research on globalization of Chinese Business and CSR in multinational corporations brings a unique perspective to the issue of impact of multinational companies on global development. Professor Yang says she looks forward to “adding value to the developing and testing of a comprehensive framework for measuring and managing the impacts of multinational companies on global development challenges. I also look forward to analyzing how international competitiveness and responsible and sustainable business practices can be mutually reinforcing in economic development.”