Center Valley, PA 18034
Maung Min, DBA, Director of Business Programs
There are many facets to Maung Min, DBA, but at PSU-LV, the business faculty member is best known for his genuine nature, spontaneous ping-pong games in the student lounge and, most notably, his knack for translating decades of world-class industry experience into deep and meaningful conversations geared around business strategy and management. It’s these lessons, his students tell us, that helps give them an edge as next-generation business leaders in our ever-changing world.
Dr. Min has found his research focus in sustainability, an area that encompasses environmental, social and economic concerns. In fact, he’s so passionate about the topic that he began offering students the opportunity to go on field research trips to Puerto Rico.
And while Dr. Min loves the small-campus feel of PSU-LV, he also appreciates the brand recognition that comes with the Penn State name. “When I attend and present at academic conferences, I feel great when people come to me impressed that I am a representing a world-class university,” he said.
Dr. Min began his career as a chemical engineer specializing in air pollution abatement before going on to pursue an MBA in international business.
After traveling the world helping companies improve their business operations for a global consulting firm, he embarked on a 16-year-plus career in the pharmaceutical industry, with roles in internal consulting, environment health and safety, quality, and sustainability. During that period, his employer supported his doctoral studies.
Now six years into his full-time teaching career, Dr. Min is the program coordinator for both the Business and Project and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) programs at PSU-LV. In addition, he is a member of the campus Sustainability Committee, faculty adviser for the men’s soccer team, and an executive board member for the University College Business Steering Committee.
“I was fortunate to take an early retirement and come into academia, which is really my calling. I feel this is how I am giving back to society and helping the younger generation,” Dr. Min said. “There’s a great joy in sharing my experiences with this new generation of college students. And seeing their reactions is priceless.”
When he’s not in the classroom, you can find Dr. Min engaged in several eclectic hobbies, from exploring new countries (Italy, Brazil and Thailand are among his favorite locales) to cheering on English Premier League soccer club Arsenal to listening to alternative rock acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage the Elephant, and The Clash. Dr. Min is also multi-lingual.
Dr. Min has a two-fold focus for his research: scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically focused on incorporating sustainability concepts in business education; and sustainable business focusing on corporate sustainability strategy. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Competitiveness, and as a member of the Academy of Management’s Social Issues of Management division, for which he has reviewed papers for its annual conferences.
In partnership with Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Min has undertaken several research projects in the field of scholarship of teaching and learning, including “Paradise and Paradox: A Case Study of a Short-Term ‘Study Abroad’ Program in Puerto Rico.” The project examined sustainability learnings of PSU-LV students through their interaction with peers from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as their observations on sustainability enhancements and degradation based on three annual trips they took to Puerto Rico. The group’s peer-reviewed paper was published in the journal Transformative Dialogues.
In the area of corporate sustainability strategy, Dr. Min has published in several leading journals, and he has partnered with industry experts and Penn State faculty colleagues in his research endeavors. Among the external partners he collaborates with are the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, and the G&A Institute, a leading sustainability consultancy.
Dr. Min’s ongoing research areas include circular economy, UN sustainable development goals, and CSR reporting.
Min, M., & Cruz, L. (2022). The New Matrix: Integrating Sustainability Into How Business Students Make Decisions. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
Cruz, L., Min. M., Ogden, D., Parker, J., Grodziak, E., Ko, P., Klinger, K. (2022). Top Chief: A Critical Assessment of a Cross-disciplinary Case Study as Common Intellectual Experience. Innovative Higher Education. Accepted for publication (2/22)
Min, M., & Demir, M., & Coppola, L. (2022). Discrepancies in Reporting on Human Rights: A Materiality Perspective. Submitted to Thunderbird International Business Review
Fyfe, E., de Leeuw, J., Carvalho, P., Goldstone, R., Sherman, J., Motz, B., [et al, including Min, M.] (2021). ManyClasses 1: Assessing the generalizable effect of immediate versus delayed feedback across many college classes. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. Accepted for publication.
Min, M., Ogden, D, & Stone, J. (2021). Organizational Awareness and Implementation of Sustainability Activities in Businesses – Moving Toward the Circular Economy. Journal of Business, Economics and Technology. Accepted for Spring’21 Issue.
Demir, M. & Min, M. (2021). A Comparative Analysis of Sustainability Reports Published by Global Enterprises: Standalone CSR Vs Integrated Reporting. The BRC Academy Journal of Business Volume 11 Number 1
Min, M., Cruz, L., & Serrano-Martinez, A. (2020). Paradise and Paradox: A Reflective Case Study of a Short-Term, Sustainability-Themed, “Study Abroad” Program in Puerto Rico. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 13(3), 120–128.
Min, M., & Demir, M. (2019). Consistencies and Discrepancies in Sustainability Disclosures – Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Sustainability Accounting, Management & Policy Journal, 10(2), 333-364.
Min M. & Desmoulins-Lebeault F. (2018). Adoption of Stakeholder Theory in Sustainability Practices, Journal of Applied Financial Research, vol. 1, 103-116.
Precis article: (2018) "Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the pharmaceutical sector: how firms can benefit?", Annals in Social Responsibility, 4(1), 18-20.
Min M., Desmoulins-Lebeault, F. & Esposito, M. (2017). Should pharmaceutical companies engage in corporate social responsibility? Journal of Management Development, 36(1), 58-70,
Min, M. (July 2019). DBA or PhD? Differences, strengths, & career opportunities. Transition to Academia, Grenoble Ecole de Management. The Doctoral Knowledge Community, Issue No. 9 – Summer, 2019 https://en.grenoble-em.com/doctoral-knowledge-community-journal
Min, M. (January, 2019) Sustainable Development Goals and Global Supply Chains: Why is this not considered a more convenient marriage? The Source – Global Sourcing Council, New York, NY. https://www.gscouncil.org/welcome-to-2019-year-of-supply-chains-responsible-supply-chains/ (January 21, 2019)
Min, M. (March, 2018). Sustainable Development Goals – Business Challenge? Grenoble Ecole de Management. https://research.grenoble-em.com/news-un-sustainable-development-goals-business-challenge
Min, M. Sustainable Development Goals in the Business World, The Source – Global Sourcing Council. https://www.gscouncil.org/the-source-lets-start-2018-discovering-the-connection-between-business-and-sdgs/ New York, NY (January 2, 2018).
Maurer, J. & Min, M. (2017, August 4). Challenges in Global Chocolate Industry – Tackling Child Labor. Outsource Magazine http://outsourcemag.com/challenges-in-global-chocolate-industry-tackling-child-labor/
Wilson, K.E., & Min, M. (2017, January 6). Fashion and apparel: labour practices in the supply chain. Outsource Magazine http://outsourcemag.com/fashion-and-apparel-labour-practices-in-the-supply-chain/
Chen, S. & Min, M. (2016, September 6). Beverage companies get active in reducing their supply chain carbon footprint. Outsource Magazine http://outsourcemag.com/beverage-companies-get-active-in-reducing-their-supply-chain-carbon-footprint/
Min, M. (2016, April 1). Sustainable supply chains: do they really benefit my company? Outsource Magazine. http://outsourcemag.com/sustainable-supply-chains-do-they-really-benefit-my-company/
Min, M., Goldberg, E. (1997) “Environmental Concerns,” Fermentation and Biochemical Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition, Noyes Publications.
Min, M., Goldberg, E., & Luciano, M. (1994). "Newspaper & the Environment," Editor & Publisher.
Min, M., Kirman, J., & Zelmanovich, Y. (1993) "Air Pollution Control for Bulk Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities," Pharmaceutical Engineering.
DBA, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
MBA, Baruch College CUNY
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Papers and Presentations
Submitted Papers (Refereed)
Kara, A., Min., M. Impact of social, cultural, and external influencers on Gen Z consumers’ sustainable consumption behaviors: A moderator analysis. American Marketing Association Academic Conference, 6/22
Yim. S., Bae, Y. H., & Min, M. The Impact of Transparent Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting on Firm Value being prepared for submission
Presentations & Panelist in Conferences
Min, M., Cruz, L. Managerial Ways of Thinking: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Business Management through a CSR Lens. Presented at NABET (October 21, 2021)
Mielly, M., Louis, D., Min, M, Research with Impact and Engaged Management Scholarship. Engaged Management Scholarship Conference 2021, Miami, Fl (Sep 9-11, 2021)
Min, M., Ogden, D., Parker, J., Cruz, L., Klinger, K. Real World Case Study Design for a Complex World. Presented at Lilly On-line Conference (May, 2021)
Min, M., Ogden, D, & Stone, J. Implementation of Sustainability Activities in Businesses – Moving Toward the Circular Economy. Presented at BSB Colloquium (March 12, 2021)
Min, M. Sustainability & Business Strategy, Guest Lecture, PSU LV (March, 2021)
Min, M., & Cruz, L. Broadening Horizons: Integrating Sustainable Decision-Making in the Business Classroom. Presented at Lancaster Learns, 2021 (February 26, 2021)
Min, M., Dutt, K, & Stone, J. Forging a Sustainability Culture: Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Presented at Lilly Conference, 2020 (December 2-4, 2020)
Min, M. Is Business Embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? – An Industry Study. Presented at NABET, 2020 (October, 22, 2020)
Min, M., Ogden, D, & Stone, J. Organizational Awareness and Implementation of Sustainability Activities in Businesses – Moving Toward the Circular Economy. Presented at NABET, 2020 (October, 22, 2020)
Min, M.. Introduction to Sustainable Business, Guest Lecture, PSU LV (October, 2020)
Min, M. Introduction to Sustainability, Teen Entrepreneurship Camp, PSU LV (July, 2020)
Min, M. Introduction to Sustainable Business, Guest Lecture, PSU LV (October, 2019)
Min, M., & Demir, M., & Coppola, L. Discrepancies in Reporting on Human Rights CRRC 2019, Tampere, Finland (Sep 11-13, 2019)
Min, M, Research on UN Sustainable Development Goals – EMS Opportunity? Engaged Management Scholarship Conference 2019, Antwerp, Belgium (Sep 5-7, 2019)
Min, M., & Cruz, L. The New Matrix: Integrating Sustainability Into How Business Students Make Decisions. Lilly Conference, Asheville, NC (Aug 5-7, 2019)
Min, M. Introduction to Sustainability, Teen Entrepreneurship Camp, PSU LV (July, 2019)
Min, M., & Demir, M., The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Standalone or Integrated Reports? CRRC 2018, Leeds, UK (Sep 10-12, 2018)
Yim. S., Bae, Y. H., & Min, M. The Impact Of Transparent Corporate Social Responsibility On Firm Value, Decision Science Institute Conference, Chicago, IL. (November 17 – 19, 2018)
Min, M. (2018), “Impact of DBA Degree on Firm Operations and Performance” Engaged Management Scholarship Conference, Philadelphia, PA (Sep 6 – 9, 2018)
Min. M. (2018) Sustainability & Business, Executive MBA Program, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
Min, M., & Demir, M., Does Integrated Reporting Live Up to Its Hype? A Comparative Analysis of Integrated and Stand-alone Sustainability Report, BRC Conference, Oswego, NY (April 21, 2018)
Min, M., & Demir, M. Consistencies and Discrepancies in Sustainability Disclosures – Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry, CRRC 2017, Seville, Spain (Sep 13-15, 2017)
Min, M., & Desmoulins-Lebeault, F. Adoption of Stakeholder Theory in Corporate Sustainability Strategies – View from the Pharmaceutical Industry, Academy of Business Research Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (Sep 18-20, 2017)
Min, M. (2017) Introduction to Sustainability Strategy, Global Sourcing Council Bootcamp, New York, NY
Min, M. (2017) Sustainable Business in Education, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Min, M. (2017) Sustainable Business – Coffee, University of Puerto Rico, Utuado, Puerto Rico
Min, M (2017) Demystifying SDG Goals & Business Challenges, Baruch College, New York, NY
Min., M. (2016). Sustainability in Supply Chains. SIG Global Summit, Orlando, Fl.
Min., M., Alabaster, P., & Engle-Friedman, M. (2016). Sustainability Challenges, Now & Future. Panel discussion at Net Impact, New York, NY.
Min, M. (2015). Responsible Sourcing Practices. Pharma Working Group, Leverkusen, Germany.
Min, M. (2014). Corporate Sustainability Program Implementation in Pharmaceutical Companies. Pharma Working Group, Frankfurt, Germany
Min., M., Mohan, K., Thompson, C. (2014). Controversy in Sustainability: Risks, Problems, and Solutions. Panel discussion at The Sustainable Business Club, Baruch College, New York, NY.
Min, M., Kapoor, A., Roome, N., (2014).Innovating for a better world: a global perspective. Panel discussion at 2014 ABIS Doctoral Summer School @ Grenoble Ecole de Management
Min, M., & Leahy, D. (2013). Green Chemistry as an Enabler of Sustainability in the Pharma Industry. EHS & Sustainability Corporate Roundtable, Washington, DC.
Min., M., Mendelsohn, S., Suzuki, H., Springsteel, A., Coppola, L. (2013). Making the Business Case for Sustainabilty; The Importance of Sustainability Reporting. Panel discussion at Net Impact Chapter Baruch College, New York, NY.
Min, M. (2013). Corporate Sustainability Program Implementation in Pharmaceutical Companies. Panelist, Pharma Working Group, Copenhagen, Denmark
Min, M., Desmoulins-Lebeault, F., & Esposito, M. (2012). Does Corporate Social Responsibility really add value in the Pharmaceutical Industry?, The R&D Management Conference, R&D Management, Grenoble, France