Mark Starik

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Mark Starik is a sustainability management consultant, coach, and writer in the start-up, Always Be Sustaining, Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin, his former hometown. He is a Contributing Faculty member in the Walden University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program and is currently serving on 9 doctoral dissertation committees. Prior to re-locating, he was a Professor of Management and the Director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management at American University, in Washington, D.C. He was previously a Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management in the University of Technology, Sydney Management Discipline Group in Sydney, Australia, and served as a Professor of Management and Sustainability and the Director of the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business in the College of Business at San Francisco State University (U.S.A). There, he researched and taught in the areas of strategic management, business environmental management and policy, and business energy and climate issues and solutions. His career experience includes more than 20 years at George Washington University (U.S.A.) in which he co-founded and co-directed two sustainability-related centers and chaired the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy. He has also held several positions in and consulted with various business, government, and non-profit organizations, primarily in the energy and environment areas, and is a co-founder of several sustainability non-profit organizations, including the Academy of Management’s Organizations & the Natural Environment (ONE) Interest Group (now a Division). His research interests include multi-level and multi-systems sustainability, hybrid organizations, strategic sustainability management, sustainable energy and climate solutions, and sustainability management theory. He was a Co-Editor of the journal _Organization & Environment_ for 2 three-year terms and holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management (major) and Operations and Information Systems Management (minors) from the University of Georgia (U.S.A.), and an M.A. in Natural Resources Policy and Administration and a B.A. in Economics, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.A.). His hobbies include running, reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction, watching baseball, exploring nature, and appreciating jazz and blues music.


BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MPA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

PhD, University of Georgia

Public Service

M.S. in Sustainability Management,, Other - Washington

Awards / Honors

Academy of Management Organizations & the Natural Environment Division Founders’ Award, 2007. , Academy of Management Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, 2017

Academy of Management Organizations & the Natural Environment Interest Group Distinguished Service Award, 1998., Academy of Management Organizations and the Natural Environment Interest Group, 1998

SAGE Organization & Environment Co-Editor-in-Chief Service Award, 2013-2016, SAGE Publications, Inc., 2017


Kanashiro, P., Starik, M. (2016). Business efforts, opportunities, and limits addressing the poor: A Brazilian case study. Business Horizons

Starik, M. (2016). Synthesizing environmental and socio-economic sustainability models: A multi-level approach for advancing integrated sustainability research and practice. . Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

Xing, Y., Starik, M. (2017). Taoist leadership and employee green behaviour: A cultural and philosophical micro-foundation of sustainability. Journal of Organizational Behavior

Malkani, A., Starik, M. (2013). The Green Building Technology Model: An approach to understanding the intention to adopt green office building technology. Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

Starik, M., Kanashiro, P. (2013). Toward a theory of sustainability management: Uncovering and integrating the nearly obvious. . Organization & Environment


Starik, M. (2013). Connecting and advancing the social innovations of business sustainability models..

Starik, M. (2017). Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corps in research, teaching, and practice.

Starik, M. (2014). Integrating socio-economic and environmental sustainability models: Further development and evolutionary alternatives. .

Starik, M. (2016). New models of transformative action: The case of the ILFI.

Starik, M., Starik, M. (2015). The integration of environmental and socio-economic sustainability models.