Dr. York's research is focused on how entrepreneurial action can contribute to creation of public goods, and specifically, to addressing environmental problems. He seeks to understand how and when entrepreneurs solve environmental problems in a way that other approaches, such as regulation, social movements, and corporate social responsibility, do not. In order to address this question, much of his research occurs at the intersection of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and institutional theory research. His work has focused primarily on the fields of green building and renewable energy to increase knowledge of what economic, socio-cultural, and individual level forces drive entrepreneurial action that addresses environmental degradation.
Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Collective Action Theory, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Institutional Theory, Green Building, Renewable Energy
BADM 6930 - Commercializing Sustainable Energy Technologies
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Addresses the opportunities and problems of commercializing new renewable energy technologies. Focuses on energy markets, opportunity identification, life cycle analysis, policy economics, project financing and economic analysis as they relate to bringing renewable energy technologies to market. Same as ENST 5002.
ENST 5002 - The Business of Sustainable Energy
Addresses the business of renewable energy, including opportunities and challenges with renewable electricity, renewable transportation fuels and energy efficiency. Topics include energy markets, opportunity identification, life cycle analysis, economic analysis, policy impacts and project financing of sustainable renewable energy business models. Formerly ENST 5002. Same as BADM 6930.
MBAX 6101 - Entrepreneurship
Examines the environments of entrepreneurial firms from start-up to development of ventures; allows students to assess their fit with entrepreneurial firms. A key element is learning the process of determining the difference between ideas and commercializable opportunities through feasibility analysis and plans.
MBAX 6130 - Sustainable Venturing
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Focuses on environmentally sustainable business ventures as well as issues associated with starting and operating a business that solves natural environmental challenges while achieving profitability. Includes a number of case studies, topical discussions, talks by environmental entrepreneurs, and an applied or library research project.