Johnson Names Mark Milstein Its Third Clinical Professor of Management


Sustainable Global Enterprise director praised as leader and educator

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University has promoted and appointed Mark Milstein, PhD, to the position of Clinical Professor of Management. As a non-tenure-track faculty member, his extraordinary contributions to Johnson and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, where he has served as director for six years, have helped distinguish the Center as the home of Johnson’s award-winning sustainability programs.

An innovative teacher and mentor, Milstein has been involved in creating new curriculum in the area of sustainability, one that provides students in the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion a nationally recognized curriculum. Other Johnson and Cornell students also benefit from course opportunities to learn about wide ranging topics related to sustainability.

“We are proud to recognize Professor Milstein’s achievements as a leader, educator, and scholar,” said Doug Stayman, associate dean for MBA programs. “Beyond advancing the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Professor Milstein has worked with students, Johnson’s administrative units, and Cornell University as a committee member to examine sustainable endowment practices at Cornell under President Skorton.”  

While specific responsibilities for clinical professors vary, all fulfill two primary responsibilities: they have substantive teaching responsibilities in degree programs, and they will contribute to the school’s mission, above and beyond their work as instructors. These activities may include student engagement, such as career advising, project guidance, and other applied learning activities; or program development, such as institute development and leadership and research activities. 

To be appointed to Clinical Professor, a faculty member must meet five criteria: excellence in teaching; a terminal degree in a relevant field or substantive senior business experience; service to the Johnson community; external visibility and impact in the field of the appointment, either academically or professionally; and a 50 percent or greater appointment in the school.

Under the direction of Milstein, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise has developed innovative programs and activities that frame global sustainability challenges as business opportunities, and it has worked closely with firms to specify innovative, entrepreneurial, and new business alternatives they can implement in the marketplace. The Center’s programs include those focused on market and enterprise creation (particularly in low income communities), clean technology commercialization and innovation, and finance + sustainability. Johnson’s award-winning sustainable global enterprise curriculum leverages rigorous performance learning so students develop depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in the sustainable global enterprise domain.

During his eight years at Johnson, Milstein has taught the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion Practicum, as well as courses in strategy, innovation, and sustainable enterprise. Milstein is a member of the Management and Organization Group at Johnson, as well as the university-wide Entrepreneurship@Cornell program. He currently serves as a faculty advisor to Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Milstein's work has been published in a wide variety of journals and edited books. His popular teaching cases have also won top honors. Before Johnson, Milstein was the business research director for the Sustainable Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute. Previously, he served on the faculty of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directed research and strategy for the school's Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

Milstein earned a B.A. in economics and Japanese from the University of Michigan. He later earned both an MBA in general management and an M.S. in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan's dual-degree Corporate Environmental Management (now Erb) Program. He received his PhD in strategic management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.