Business & Society Institute

Business & Society Institute

Business & Society Working Together

We address complex challenges confronting people and the planet through academic discovery and purposeful action.

The institute generates research insights that it employs in its teaching and programmatic work on the critical challenges that businesses and their stakeholders can address together.

Dear Changemakers,


21-22 Impact Report

As an Institute, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of academic discovery and purposful action that together help build a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world for all. Together with students, partners, and supporters we have made important progress towards our impact goals.

Our Work

We address complex challenges confronting people and the planet through:
  • Research

    We deliver interdisciplinary research that explores connections between business practices, market structures, and social outcomes.
  • Teaching

    We develop next generation business leaders equipped with systems thinking and problem solving skills through coursework and hands-on experiences.
  • Programs

    We put research into action through innovative programs that create better markets and stronger communities both here in Atlanta and globally.
  • Convening

    We create spaces for dialogue, debate, and solutions through community events, practitioner conferences, and other activities.
  • Thought Leadership

    We create and share content that challenges narratives and inspires action including books, articles, op-eds, and more.
  • Relevant Study

    Social impact courses offered as part of social enterprise and nonprofit concentrations
  • Curriculum in Action

    Students enrolled annually across in social impact courses and Global Experiential Modules
  • Developing Talent

    Social Enterprise BBA and MBA Fellows graduates since 2014
  • Connecting Globally

    Data donors participating in specialty coffee transparent pricing projects
  • Building Community

    Local small businesses accelerated by Start:ME since 2013
  • Knowledge Creation

    Research papers and projects initiated by faculty and students


Podcast & Blog Series

In recognition of Earth Day, we are sharing insights from #GoizuetaClimateSmart MBA students through a new episode of the Goizueta Effect Podcast featuring Danni Dong (MBA/MSPH23) and Professor Wesley Longhofer along with blog series posts by Ethan Arbiser (EvMBA25), Julian Smith (MBA23), Timothy Lam (MBA23), and Margot Merwin (MBA23). Content for the series was created by our delegation of MBA students that attended the 2023 ClimateCAP Summit which focused on the enormous influence and responsibility today's business leaders hold in addressing the climate crisis.


Wesley Longhofer
Goizueta Foundation Term Associate Professor of Organization & Management; Executive Academic Director, Business & Society Institute
Peter Roberts
Professor of Organization & Management; Academic Director of Specialty Coffee Programs, Business & Society Institute


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Give to Business & Society

  • Business & Society Institute Expansion

    Support the Institute and student development activities
  • Start:ME

    Help more promising Atlanta businesses start and grow
  • Grounds for Empowerment

    Make coffee markets work for women
  • Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide (SCTG)

    Support the publication of SCTG