Business Expert Probes Sustainable Enterprise

University of Michigan Professor Thomas P. Lyon will address “Sustainability: The Role of Business in a Radically Imperfect World” when he delivers the 19th annual Chung-Watson Lecture in Business Ethics at Humboldt State University on Thursday, Mar. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the new College Creek Apartments.

The lecture is open to the general public and free of charge.

Lyon is a leader in the use of economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy, and author of Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy. He is editor of Good Cop, Bad Cop, Environmental NGO’s and Their Strategies toward Business.

“Tom Lyon is an internationally recognized scholar of sustainable enterprise, and his work serves as a bridge between the business-economics ledger and the environmental and sustainability ledger. I'm excited to have him speak here,” said HSU School of Business Chair Steve Hackett.

Lyon holds a series of titles at Michigan’s Ross School of Business, including professor of business economics and public policy and director of the school’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton and his doctorate at Stanford. His research focuses on corporate environmental information disclosure, the causes and consequences of renewable energy policy and voluntary programs for environmental improvement.

Lyon has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and at the University of Bonn, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. He spent the academic year 2002/2003 as a Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C., and 2003/2004 as a visiting economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Lyon serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and his research has been published in the RAND Journal of Economics, among others.

Humboldt State’s annual Chung-Watson Lecture takes its name and support from alum Po Chung (’69), cofounder of the Asia Pacific Division of DHL Express and a Hong Kong business magnate. A recipient of HSU’s 2004-2005 Distinguished Alumni Award, Chung is an expert in global trade and an international patron of the arts.

Disability accommodations for the lecture are available from Humboldt State’s School of Business at 707/826-3224 and