Johnson Innovation Speaker Series takes on the roles of business schools in addressing economic inequality

October 24, 2016 at 10:06 am
Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts

Dedicated to bringing a distinguished business professional to the University of South Carolina Upstate for the benefit of the students and the local business community, the third annual Johnson Innovation Speaker Series will feature Dr. Peter W. Roberts on Thursday, November 3. The event is from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and lunch will be provided.

Roberts is a professor of organization and management at Emory University and academic director of social enterprise @ Goizueta. His presentation topic is “Turning to Business? The Roles of Business Schools in Addressing Economic Inequality.”

Roberts’ general research interests relate to how the behavior and performance of organizations evolve over time. In the past, he studied these issues in diverse settings, including the pharmaceutical, hotel, wine and restaurant industries. Recently, he is directing his interests in entrepreneurship and organizational performance toward topics in the field of social enterprise. His current projects focus on social entrepreneurs and accelerators, on microbusiness development and on the global specialty coffee industry. For the past several years, Roberts has also been spearheading Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, whose focus is to better understand how market-based solutions can be applied to address a range of important societal issues. This led to the establishment of the global Entrepreneurship Database Program, the Start:ME accelerator program, and the Transparent Trade Coffee and Grounds for Empowerment programs. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and has previously on the faculties of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Australian Graduate School of Management.

The cost is $10 for the public and free for USC Upstate students, faculty and staff. To register for the event, which is required to receive a lunch, visit For more information, visit or contact Brian Brady, director of the USC Upstate GreenHouse Business Incubator, at (864) 503-7623 or