Faculty and Research : School of Business Administration : University of Vermont

University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Sanjay Sharma, Ph.D. Dean and Professor

Contact Information
Office: 212 Kalkin
Phone: 802 656-3177
E-Mail: none listed

Office Hours: By Appointment

Dr. Sharma was appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont July 1, 2011. He came to UVM with a unique background in both: academic and the private sectors. He has over 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education.

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sharma has won several competitive research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others.

His latest book written for scholars and practitioners is titled Competing for a Sustainable World: Building capacity for Sustainable Innovation and will be published in 2014. He has also co-edited seven books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.

He has won several prestigious awards for his research including Best Dissertation Award, Social Issues in Management Division at the Academy of Management 1996, two Best Paper Awards at the Academy of Management 1997 and 2005, and a Best Paper Award at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2003. In his role of institutional leadership in helping develop a new field of scholarship, he has been invited to participate in a number of international and national research bodies such as the Canadian National Roundtable on the Economy and the Environment (Greening of the Curriculum Committee); the US National Academies (including the National Science Foundation) Taskforce on Environmental, Social and Behavioral Research; the Research Advisory Board of the Oikos Foundation for the Economy and Ecology at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; and the Corporate Sustainability Advisory Committee at the Houston Advanced Research Centre, among others.

Dr. Sharma has received several 
awards for his impact on the practice of management and sustainability and building more responsible and sustainable businesses. These include the Corporate Knights Rising Scholar Award, the Aspen Institute Pioneer Award, and inclusion in India Abroad's Power List of prominent Indians contributing to Canadian and global society.


Dr. Sharma began his academic career as an associate professor and director of the Executive MBA Programs at Saint Mary's University in Halifax where he improved the national ranking of the EMBA program in Canadian Business from a ranking of tenth to third-place. He earned his doctorate in management in 1996 from the University of Calgary and his MBA in 1976 from Panjab University, India, where he received the University Gold Medal. He completed his undergraduate work in 1974 at the University of Delhi.

During his tenure at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University, the largest English language business school in Canada with more than 9,000 students and 350 full time and part time faculty, the school established itself as one of the top business schools globally with its MBA program ranked among the top 100 in the world by The Economist and its EMBA program ranked among the top 100 by the Financial Times. He facilitated a strategic focus at JMSB on educating managers with excellence in traditional knowledge and an ability to manage for the future in a global, complex, multi-stakeholder and sustainable business environments. This focus was recognized by JMSB's ranking as 34th in the world in the Beyond Gray Pinstripes Survey by the Aspen Institute in 2010, second in the world by Corporate Knights. Sanjay enhanced the research profile of JMSB via external fundraising for research chairs and research centers (including the David O'Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise).

Prior to his arrival at JMSB, Dr. Sharma held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability and was professor of policy in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also conceived and served as the first director of the Certified Management Accountant's Centre for Responsible Organizations, an interdisciplinary center focusing on research and practice in the areas of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethics, environmental management, social issues, and corporate governance.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sharma was a senior manager at multiple international corporations.

Publication History

Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Sharma, S.; Hart, S. - "Beyond Saddlebag Sustainability for Business Education" - Organization and Environment - 2014 - v. 27, no. 1, pp. 10-15
  • Sharma, S. - "Pathways of Influence for Sustainability in Business Schools: A Dean's Eye View" (Refereed) - Organization and Environment - 2013 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Wassmer, U.; Paquin, R.; Sharma, S. - "The Engagement of Firms in Environmental Collaborations: Existing Contributions and Future Directions" (Refereed) - Business and Society - 2012 - v. XX(X) I-33, [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, P.; Sharma, S. - "Drivers of proactive environmental strategy in family firms" (Refereed) - Business Ethics Quarterly: The Journal of the Society for Business Ethics - 2011 - v. 21, no. 2, pp. 309-334 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "The ecological antecedents of terrorism: A critique of Shrivastava" (Refereed) - International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management - 2009 - v. 1, no. 2, pp. 124-126 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "The Influence of Organization Design, Information and Benchmarking on Environmental Practices in the Canadian Hotel Industry" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and the Environment - 2009 - v. 18, pp. 266-276
  • Aragon-Correa, J. A.; Hurtado-Torres, N.; Sharma, S.; Garcia-Morales, V. J. - "Environmental strategy and performance in small firms: A resource-based perspective" (Refereed) - Journal of Environmental Management - 2008 - v. 86, no. 1, pp. 88-103 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Manzanares,, A. R.; Aragon-Correa, J. A.; Sharma, S. - "The Influence of Stakeholders on Environmental Strategy of Service Firms: The Moderating Effects of Complexity, Uncertainty and Munificence" (Refereed) - British Journal of Management - 2008 - v. 19, no. 2, pp. 185-203 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Integrated social and ecosystem stewardship" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and the Environment - 2007 - v. 16, no. 1, pp. 90-91
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, J. A.; Rueda-Manzanares, A. - "The contingent influence of organizational capabilities on proactive environmental strategy in the service sector: An analysis of North American and European ski resorts" (Refereed) - Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences - 2007 - v. 24, no. 4, pp. 268-283 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Henriques, I.; Sharma, S. - "Pathways of stakeholder influence in the Canadian forest products industry" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and the Environment - 2005 - v. 14, no. 6, pp. 384-398 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Henriques, I. - "Stakeholder influences on sustainability practices in the Canadian forest products industry" (Refereed) - Strategic Management Journal - 2005 - v. 26, no. 2, pp. 159-180 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Joshi, A. W.; Sharma, S. - "Customer Knowledge Development: Antecedents and Impact on New Product Performance" (Refereed) - Journal of Marketing - 2004 - v. 68, no. 4, pp. 47-59 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Hart, S. L.; Sharma, S. - "Engaging Fringe Stakeholders for Competitive Imagination" (Refereed) - The Academy of Management Executive - 2004 - v. 18, no. 1, pp. 7-18 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Living corporate citizenship: Strategic routes to socially responsible business " (Refereed) - Journal of Corporate Citizenship - 2004 - v. 14, pp. 116-118
  • Sharma, S.; Starik, M. - "Research in corporate sustainability: The evolving theory and practice of organizations in the natural environment" (Refereed) - Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration - 2004 - v. 21, no. 3, pp. 288-289 [View publication]
  • Aragon-Correa, A.; Sharma, S. - "A contingent natural-resource based view of proactive environmental strategy" (Refereed) - Academy of Management Review - 2003 - v. 28, no. 1, pp. 71-88
  • Sharma, S.; Ruud, A. - "On the path to sustainability: Integrating social dimensions into the research and practice of environmental management" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and the Environment - 2003 - v. 12, pp. 205-214
  • Sharma, S. - "Different strokes: regulatory styles and environmental strategy in the North American oil and gas industry" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and Environment - 2001 - v. 10, no. 6, pp. 344-364 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "l'organisation durable et ses stakeholders" (Refereed) - Revue Francaise de Gestion - 2001 - v. 13, pp. 154-167 [View publication]
  • Sharma, S. - "Managerial interpretations and organizational context as predictors of firm choice of environmental strategies" (Refereed) - Academy of Management Journal - 2000 - v. 43, no. 4, pp. 681-697 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Building organizational capabilities in the Canadian energy sector" (Refereed) - Academy of Management Executive - 1999 - v. 13, no. 2, pp. 88-89 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Canadian cooperative alliances in Pacific Asia: An overview of strategic orientation and performance" (Refereed) - Journal of Asian Business - 1999 - v. 15, no. 2, pp. 61-77
  • Sharma, S.; Pablo, A.; Vredenburg, H. - "Corporate Environmental Responsiveness Strategies: The Importance of Issue Interpretation and Organizational Context" (Refereed) - Journal of Applied Behavioral Science - 1999 - v. 35, no. 1, pp. 87-109 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Nguan, O. - "The biotechnology industry and strategies of biodiversity conservation: the influence of managerial interpretations and risk propensity" (Refereed) - Business Strategy and the Environment - 1999 - v. 8, no. 1, pp. 46-61 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Trespass or symbiosis? Dissolving the boundaries between strategic marketing and strategic management" (Refereed) - Journal of Strategic Marketing - 1999 - v. 7, no. 2, pp. 73-88 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H. - "Proactive corporate environmental strategy and the development of competitively valuable organizational capabilities" (Refereed) - Strategic Management Journal - 1998 - v. 19, no. 8, pp. 729-53 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H.; Westley, F. - "Strategic Bridging: A Role for the Multinational Corporation in Third World Development" (Refereed) - Journal of Applied Behavioral Science - 1994 - v. 30, no. 41458-476, [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Hart, S. L. - "Beyond saddlebag sustainability for business education" - Organization and Environment - - v. 27, no. 1,
Conference Proceeding
  • Sharma, S. - "Drivers of Sustainability Strategy in Family Firms" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association of Business and Society - 2009
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, A.; Rueda, A. - "The contingent effect of uncertainty on proactive sustainability in North American and European ski resorts" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the International Association of Business and Society - 2006
  • Sharma, S. - "The Moderating Effect of the General Business Environment on the Relationship Between Stakeholder Integration and Environmental Strategies" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Group on Organizations and the Natural Environment Second Research Conference/St. Gallen - 2006
  • Bowen, F.; Sharma, S. - "Resourcing corporate environmental strategy: Behavioral and resource-based perspectives" (Refereed) - Academy of Management proceedings - 2005 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Bowen, F.; Sharma, S. - "Resourcing Environmental Strategy: Behavioral and resource-based Perspectives" (Refereed) - Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings - 2005 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, A.; Rueda, A. - "A Contingent Resource-Based Analysis of Environmental Strategy in the Ski Industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meetings - 2004
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, A. - "Research on advanced environmental management: Opportunities and capabilities" (Refereed) - Gronen Research Workshop (Group on Organizations and the Natural) - 2004
  • Sharma, S.; Henriques, I. - "Stakeholder influences and sustainability strategies in the Canadian forest products industry" (Refereed) - Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meetings - 2003 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Henriques, I. - "Stakeholder influences and sustainability strategies in the Canadian forest products industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Greening of Industry Network annual Conference - 2002
  • Sharma, S. - "Stakeholder influences and sustainability knowledge creation" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Eleventh Meeting of the International Association of Business & Society - 2001
  • Sharma, S. - "Differences in regulatory styles and environmental strategies in the U.S. and Canadian energy sectors" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the eleventh Meeting of the International Association of Business & Society - 2000
  • Joshi, A.; Sharma, S. - "Environmental Turbulence and Firm Performance: The Mediating Role of Market Orientation processes" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Annual Summer Educators Conference of the American Marketing Association - 1999
  • Sharma, S. - "Sustainability strategies in the forest industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Tenth Meeting of the International Association of Business & Society - 1999
  • Sharma, S. - "Sustainability thinking and practices in the Canadian forest products industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Greening of Industry Network (Best Paper)/University of North Carolina-chapel Hill - 1999
  • Sharma, S.; Nguan, O. - "Biodiversity strategies of biotechnology companies in developing countries" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society - 1998 - pp. 229-234
  • Sharma, S. - "A longitudinal investigation of environmental responsiveness strategies: antecedents and outcomes" (Refereed) - Academy of Management Proceedings - 1997 - pp. 460-464 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; St. Cyr, A. - "A resource market approach to micro and small enterprises development" (Refereed) - Eighth Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society - 1997 - pp. 314-319
  • Sharma, S. - "Trespass or symbiosis: Dissolving the boundaries between marketing strategy and strategic management" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Meetings - 1997
  • Sharma, S. - "An empirical investigation into the influence of managerial cognitions and organizational context on corporate environmental responsiveness" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference of the International Association of Business and Society - 1996
  • Sharma, S. - "Environmental management - Global interconnections and the Third World perspective: A role for private business" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the International Association of Business & Society - 1994 - pp. 505-510
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H. - "Environmental response in the Canadian oil and gas industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the International Association of Business & Society - 1994
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H. - "Stakeholder relations and environmental response in the Canadian oil and gas industry" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Second Biannual International Conference on Advances in Management, - 1994
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H. - "Incorporating environmental concerns into strategy: A source of competitive advantage" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada - 1993
  • Sharma, S.; Vredenburg, H.; Westley, F. - "Strategic bridging: A role for the multinational corporation in Third World Development" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association of Business & Society - 1993 - pp. 103-108
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, J. A. - "Corporate Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage: a Review from the Past to the Future" (Refereed) - Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage/Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2005 , [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Starik, M.; Sharma, S. - "Sustainable Organizations: Emerging approaches for strategic change" (Refereed) - New Horizons in Research on Sustainable Organizations: emerging Ideas, Approaches, and Tools for Educators and Practitioners/Greenleaf Publishing - 2005 ,
  • Sharma, S. - "Through the lens of managerial interpretations: stakeholder engagement, organizational knowledge and innovation" (Refereed) - Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage/Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2005 - pp. 49-70 ,
  • Sharma, S.; Starik, M. - "Stakeholders, the Environment and Society: Multiple perspectives, emerging consensus" (Refereed) - New Perspectives on Research in Corporate Sustainability: stakeholders, Environment and Society\Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2004 - pp. 1-22 , [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S. - "Research on corporate sustainability: What really matters" (Refereed) - Research in corporate sustainability: The evolving theory and practice of organizations in the natural environment/Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2002 - pp. 1-29 , [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
Book, Scholarly-New
  • Sharma, S. - "Competing for a Sustainable World: Building Capacity for Sustainable Innovation" - Greenleaf Publishing - 2014 ,
  • Marcus, A.; Shrivastava, P.; Sharma, S.; Pogutz, S. - "Cross-Sector leadership for the Green Economy" (Refereed) - Routledge - 2011 , [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Wustenhagen, R.; Sharma, S.; Starik, M.; Wuebker, R. - "Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2008 - pp. 1-23 , [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Husted, B.; Sharma, S.; Starik, M. - "Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic: Crafting Long-Term Ecological and Societal" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2007 - pp. 313 , [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Sharma, S.; Aragon-Correa, J. A. - "Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2005 ,
  • Starik, M.; Sharma, S.; Egri, C.; Bunch, R. - "New horizons in research on sustainable Organizations: Emerging Ideas, Approaches, and Tools for Educators and Practitioners" (Refereed) - New Horizons in Research on Sustainable Organizations: emerging Ideas, Approaches, and Tools for Educators and Practitioners/Greenleaf Publishing - 2005 , [View publication]
  • Sharma, S.; Starik, M. - "Research in corporate sustainability: The evolving theory and practice of organizations in the natural environment" (Refereed) - Edward Elgar Academic Publishing - 2002 ,
Written Case with Instructional Material
  • Sharma, S. - "Triba Water: A Business Model for Developing Nations" - G. Laurier Institute - 2003 - v. #120042,
Technical Report
  • Sharma, S. - "Strategic Adaptation Scenarios in the Canadian tobacco Products Industries Consequent to Introduction of Plain Packaging for Cigarettes" - Ministry of Health, Government of Canada - 1994 [Show/Hide Abstract]
Book Review
  • Sharma, S. - "Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives" (Refereed) - Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences - 2004 - v. 20, no. 2, pp. 181-182 ,