Research and Scholarship

The Fowler Center is a leader in scholarship and research on business as an agent of world benefit. Discover some of the research initiatives and case studies the Fowler Center coordinates, find opportunities to learn more about sustainable value, or serve as an intern or fellow in the field of sustainability.


World Inquiry

The World Inquiry into business as an agent of world benefit is a worldwide action-research initiative that uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to learn more about the role of business in society. The best of the uncovered innovations are profiled in the Innovation Bank.

Featured Innovation

Scott Environmental Group - Providing Practical Environmental and Business Solutions in Ontario

The Scott Environmental Group creates systems that have specialized capabilities for conserving resources and recycling useable resources back into the supply chain. The company provides solutions for waste reduction, energy reduction and closed-loop innitiatives. The driving force is the founder, George Scott, who believes that businesses should be environmentally friendly while still being financially sustainable.


Case Study Library

Search sustainability-themed business cases that serve as teaching resources for faculty across management disciplines

Featured Case Study

Tennant Company: Can “Chemical-Free” Be a Pathway to Competitive Advantage?

The case of Tennant Company is one that describes a floor-cleaning company that differentiated itself by introducing chemical-free cleaning equipment. Not only did it strategically evolve as an environmentally responsible sustainable business, it also used that same principle to its competitive advantage. By marketing its products as equally effective in performance, competitive in price and “greener” on the environment, the revamp was a success to all involved parties.


Courses and Programs

Educational resources highlighting the link between theory and practice in sustainable value

Sustainable Value Research

A collection of Weatherhead faculty publications in sustainable value

Internships and Fellowships

Opportunities to serve as interns or fellows in various offices of sustainability as a Weatherhead student