Keywords: Research, Scholarship, Sustainability
In support of his research work focused on the social impact of companies, Mario Alberto Tello Bañuelos, Ph.D. in Business Administration student at EGADE Business School, was awarded a scholarship from the Puentes Consortium 2018 Fund for Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students.
The doctoral student will receive an economic incentive of 7,500 dollars to complete a research stay for up to eight weeks at Rice University, an institution located in Houston, Texas, that forms part of the US-Mexico binational consortium, together with Tecnológico de Monterrey, UDLAP and UDEM.
Tello Bañuelos explained that his research project is based on a geographical perspective to measure the impact of companies on the environment, taking into consideration the difficulty in its quantification, even though corporations have diverse social responsibility awards and certifications.
“This approach is an alternative that mainly uses public data over time, in comparison with the indicators/assessments generated by specific agencies based on the information provided by companies.
“My research has public policy implications, since it makes it possible to determine whether a company is generating a positive or a negative impact on a particular zone. In this way, local governments would be able to intervene in order to improve conditions in certain areas, such as subdivisions,” he explained.
Regarding the aspects of his projects that will benefit from the scholarship, Tello Bañuelos indicated that his stay at Rice University will facilitate the collection of data on health, crime, the value of housing, among other relevant information for his investigation.
“This will enable me to perform the spatial analysis required for my research. Moreover, I will enjoy receiving theoretical advice from a Jones Graduate School of Business professor,” commented the student, whose thesis director is Dr. Bryan Husted, the EGADE Business School professor who was recently honored with the Rómulo Garza Research and Innovation Prize in the “Insignia” category.
Since its creation in 2009, the Puentes Consortium has sponsored research on topics related to the binational US-Mexico agenda, furnishing the consortium community with a special space for academic collaborations focused on resolving diverse social issues. Through the scholarship fund, it supports the exchange of faculty members-researchers and doctoral students from the consortium’s member institutions.
With this research stay, the Ph.D. in Business Administration of EGADE Business School reaffirms its commitment to offering students a truly international experience through the opportunity to study abroad.
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