SCRANTON — Abhijit Roy, professor of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management, concluded his three-year William and Elizabeth Burkavage Fellowship in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.
The endowed fellowship, established in 2009 by William J. and Judith G. Burkavage in memory of William’s parents, William and Elizabeth Burkavage, supports university faculty as they research sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics.
A resident of South Abington Township, Roy earned his doctor of business administration degree from Boston University, two master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate degree from the University of Allahabad, India. He expressed gratitude for the fellowship and outlined an extensive list of research activities he has been able to complete, including co-authoring a publication titled “Predictors of Various Facets of Sustainability of Nations” with the first recipient of the Burkavage Fellowship, Irene Goll, an associate professor in the Kania School of Management.
During his tenure as the Burkavage fellow, Roy also made contributions in teaching and service.
In the instructional arena, Roy designed the material for and volunteered to teach the university MBA program’s cornerstone course, “Responsibility, Sustainability and Justice,” and received a grant to teach “Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship” as a travel/hybrid course in 2018.
During his fellowship, Roy was published in two languages in six peer-reviewed journals: the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ecosistema, the International Journal of Sustainable Society, the International Business Review and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
Roy’s published research addresses various facets of sustainability, responsibility, social entrepreneurship and business ethics. In his 11 years at the university, he has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has several others in progress.
In the academic arena, Roy has served as an external reviewer for promotion, tenure or funding decisions for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, India and the University of Khartoum in Sudan and he evaluated a sustainability application for the Icelandic Research Fund.
He also presented 10 papers at major national and international conferences during his fellowship, traveling to Boston, New York, Chicago, Florida and Quebec as well as Belgium, Italy, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. He wrote more than 30 encyclopedia articles as well as an award-winning case study titled “Modernizing Dharavi: If You Build, Will They Come?” and served as a book review editor for the Journal of International Consumer Marketing, completing four reviews during his tenure.
Service was also a crucial element of Roy’s fellowship tenure. He donated his time to the university’s annual Thanksgiving food drive, made cultural festival presentations at the Scranton Iron Furnaces and on campus and attended several faculty development initiatives, including making pilgrimage and service trips to Spain and Nicaragua. He assisted students with service-learning projects through his Consumer Behavior classes, completing projects for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, downtown Scranton businesses and farmers market groups.
Roy used the Burkavage support for diverse purposes from purchasing software, traveling to India to research information not readily available in the United States and traveling to multiple conferences each year.