Faculty Profiles

Adam Sulkowski

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Accounting & Law

Bio

Associate Professor Adam Sulkowski has taught and advised students from all continents in a variety of formats at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels. Adam’s teaching specializations are in the fields of business law, sustainable business, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Prof. Sulkowski’s research has appeared in over 30 publications, including over 20 peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, and has explored topics related to sustainability reporting (also known as triple bottom line reporting), integrated reporting, and corporate and environmental law. His findings have been cited in Inc. magazine, MSN, The Times of India, Science Daily, and Cities Today, among others news sources.

Adam has advised start-ups such as www.Waste-Hub.com and has engaged in entrepreneurial projects related to his research and teaching. These have included pioneering the deployment of sustainability reporting – a widely adopted practice in the private sector for boosting good governance and efficiency – with cities on two continents.

Prof. Sulkowski received his JD and MBA from Boston College and BA from the College of William & Mary, became a licensed attorney in two states, and was a manager at an education company for several years before becoming a professor at University of Massachusetts where he was awarded tenure.

Adam has won awards for teaching, service, and research, including the Holmes-Cardozo Distinguished Paper award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He has served academic organizations in various roles, including president, conference chair, section chair, editor, and reviewer. In 2014 and 2015 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Europe.

A Polish-American dual citizen, Adam frequently works internationally and has taught, researched, consulted, and explored in over 80 countries.

Academic Degrees

  • JD, Boston College Law School
  • MBA, Boston College, Carroll School of Management
  • BA, College of William & Mary

Academic Interests

Business Law; Sustainability; Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Social Entrepreneurship; Corporate Social Responsibility; Environmental Entrepreneurship; Global Environmental Issues; Socially Responsible Investing

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Facutly Mentor Recognition, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2018 — Nancy Kubasek Best Environmental Sustainability Paper Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2018 — Outstanding Proceedings Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2017 — Virginia Maurer Outstanding Ethics Paper Award Finalist, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2017 — USASBE case writing award, U.S. Associtation for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2016 — Faculty Mentor Recognition, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2016 — Outstanding International Case Writing Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2014 — Fulbright Scholar,
  • 2013 — Green Campus Faculty Award,
  • 2013 — MBA Association Teaching Excellence Award,
  • 2012 — Thomas Higginson Teaching Award,
  • 2011 — Distinguished Proceedings Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference
  • 2011 — Master Teacher Symposium Presenter, Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference
  • 2008 — Advisor of the Year Award, Net Impact chapter at UMass Dartmouth
  • 2008 — Grant Recipient from the Government of Canada,
  • 2008 — Holmes-Cardozo Distinguished Paper Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference
  • 2007 — Charlton College of Business Research Fellowship,
  • 2007 — Provost’s Best Practices Award,
  • 2007 — UMass Dartmouth Center for Teaching Excellence Partnership Award,
  • 2006 — Best Presentation Award, Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference
  • 2006 — Charlton College of Business Research Fellowship,
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2019

    • LAW 1000 BUSINESS LAW
    • LAW 7200 MI LAW
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LAW 7200 BL1 LAW
    • LAW 7200 LAW
    • LAW 1000 BUSINESS LAW

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Sulkowski, A.J. (in press). BLOCKCHAIN, BUSINESS SUPPLY CHAINS, SUSTAINABILITY, AND LAW: THE FUTURE OF GOVERNANCE, LEGAL FRAMEWORKS, AND LAWYERS?. link
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Edwards, M., Freeman, R.E. (2018). Shake Your Stakeholder: Firm Initiated Interactions to Create Shared Sustainable Value. Organization & Environment. link
  • Mayer, D., Sulkowski, A.J. (in press). Emoluments, Law, Ethics & Policy: Context, Purpose, and Implications Related to Conflicts of Interest & Fiduciary Duties. British Journal of American Legal Studies.
  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2017). Rodolfo's Casa Caribe in Cuba: Business, Ethical & Legal Challenges of Investing in a Start-Up in Havana. Journal of Legal Studies Education.
  • Alexander, M., Sulkowski, A.J., Wiggins, W. (2016). Sustainability & Tax Policy: Fixing a Patchwork of Policies with a Coherent Federal Framework. Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
  • Berger-Walliser, G., Sulkowski, A.J., Shrivastava, P. (2016). Using Proactive Legal Strategies for Corporate Environmental Sustainability. Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law.
  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2016). City Sustainability Reporting: An Emerging & Desirable Legal Necessity. Pace Environmental Law Review. Vol: 33, Issue: 2, Page: 278-299. Pace University School of Law.
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Waddock, S. (2016). Midas, Cassandra and the Buddha: Curing Delusional Growth Myopia by Focusing on Thriving. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, The. Vol: 2016, Issue: 61, Page: 15-43. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Sulkowski, A.J., White, D.S. (2016). A happiness Kuznets curve? Using model-based cluster analysis to group countries based on happiness, development, income, and carbon emissions. Environment, Development and Sustainability. Vol: 18, Issue: 4, Page: 1095-1111. Springer Netherlands.
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Waddock, S. (2013). Beyond Sustainability Reporting: Integrated Reporting is Practiced, Required and More Would Be Better. The University of Saint Thomas Law Journal. Vol: 10, Issue: 4, Page: 1060-1085. University of St. Thomas School of Law.
  • Hughey, C.J., Sulkowski, A.J. (2012). More disclosure= better CSR reputation? An examination of CSR reputation leaders and laggards in the global oil & gas industry. Journal of Academy of Business and Economics. Vol: 12, Issue: 2, Page: 24-34. International Academy of Business and Economics.

Books

  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2016). Warsaw, Poland & City Sustainability Reporting : Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network.

Book Chapters

  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2017). University Experiential Learning Partnerships as Living Laboratories for Sustainability: Handbook of Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach. Page: 433-454.

Conference Proceedings

  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2018). Blockchain, Law, and Improving Business Supply Chains: The Need for Governance and Legal Frameworks To Achieve Sustainability: Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings. link
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Donaldson, T., Bagley, C., Edwards, M., Sandler Nelson, J., Useem, M., Snapp, M. (2018). Tom Dunfee Memorial Symposium on Law at AOM: Legal Lacunae & Governance Solutions Related to Human Well-Being An All Academy Panel Symposium: Academy of Management Proceedings. link
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Bagley, C., Sandler Nelson, J., Waddock, S., Shrivastava, P., Scott, I. (2017). Law, Management, and Strategy: Collapsing Boundaries and Managing the Interstices: Academy of Management Proceedings. Vol: 2017, Issue: 1. Academy of Management.
  • Sulkowski, A.J., Randolph, A.F., Luippold, B.L., Bailey, J. (2017). The Rail Trail Flatbread Company Case. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
  • Edwards, M., Sulkowski, A.J. (2014). Shaking Stakeholders to Leverage a Firm's Unique Capacity in Issue Networks.
  • Sulkowski, A.J. (2014). Sustainability Reporting by Cities: As a Securities Law Exemption Erodes, A Nascent Obligation May Be Arising.
  • Potvin, K., Tailor, A., Sulkowski, A.J. (2013). Regulatory/Political Climate, Education, Income, Sustainability & Headquarter Locations: What Connection Exists, How to Interpret It & Next Steps For Business Law Scholarship: Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Presentations

  • Blockchain, Law, and Improving Business Supply Chains: The Need for Governance and Legal Frameworks To Achieve Sustainability Sulkowski, A. Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon (2018)
  • Gleanings from the Tom Dunfee Memorial Symposium on Law & Strategy Sulkowski, A. Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon (2018)
  • Measurement Matters Sulkowski, A. University of Connecticut , Connecticut (2018)
  • Blockchain, Supply Chain, Law, and Getting to Net Zero Harm Sulkowski, A. Sustainability Ethics Entrepreneurship , Washington, DC (2018)
  • Emoluments and Implications from Confluct of Interest Laws and Private Sector Fiduciary Duty Mayer, D. Sulkowski, A. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Savannah, Georgia (2017)
  • Gleanings from a Symposium on Law, Management, and Strategy, and Lessons about Successful Interdisciplinary Cooperation Sulkowski, A. Bagley, C. Sandler Nelson, J. Scott, I. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Savannah, Georgia (2017)
  • Teaching Future Entrepreneurs the Importance of Law Forsythe, L. Sulkowski, A. Bagley, C. Hollis, L. Orozco, D. Sprague, R. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Savannah, Georgia (2017)
  • Law, Management, and Strategy: Collapsing Boundaries and Managing the Interstices Sulkowski, A. Bagley, C. Sandler Nelson, J. Waddock, S. Shrivastava, P. Scott, I. Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia (2017)
  • The Rail Trail Co. Sulkowski, A. Randolph, A. Luippold, B. Bailey, J. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Philadelphia, PA (2017)
  • Climate Change and Environmental Abuse: Time to Rethink Refugee Status Sulkowski, A. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2016)
  • Rodolfo’s Casa Caribe in Cuba: Business and Legal Challenges of Investing in a Start-up in Havana Sulkowski, A. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2016)
  • Sustainability & Tax Policy: Fixing a Patchwork of Policies with a Coherent Federal Framework , . Sulkowski, A. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association, Bentley University, Waltham, MA (2016)
  • PDW on sustainability in management education Sulkowski, A. Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, Vancouver, BC (2015)
  • Leveraging Stakeholder Networks for Sustainable Consumption Edwards, M. Sulkowski, A. Academy of Management Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Emitting Happiness? Using Model-Based Cluster Analysis to Group Countries By Wealth, Development, Carbon Emissions, and Happiness Sulkowski, A. White, D. European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Valencia, Spain (2014)
  • Stakeholder Interactions and the Firm’s Unique Capacity in Issue Networks Sulkowski, A. Edwards, M. International Association for Business and Society Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia (2014)
  • Legal and Ethical Implications of ESG Reporting Sulkowski, A. Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium: The Challenges and Opportunities of Integrated Reporting, Waltham, MA (2014)
  • Beyond Sustainability Reporting Sulkowski, A. Waddock, S. Law and History of Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
  • Relationships Between Regulatory and Legal Environment, CSR, and Financial Performance Sulkowski, A. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Management Matters Sulkowski, A. Warsaw Dialogue on Scaling-Up Local and Subnational Climate Action, 19th UN Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Warsaw, Poland (2013)
  • Sustainability Reporting in Action. The Concept of Sustainability as a Way to Manage a Crisis Sulkowski, A. Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland (2013)
  • Capitalism in Crisis and Other Conundrums: Tackling the Big Questions Sulkowski, A. All Academy Theme Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Towards and Economics of Justice, Sustainability, and Economic Thrivability Sulkowski, A. All Academy Theme Symposium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Measuring, Managing & Reporting on Sustainable Performance Sulkowski, A. Verdexchange, Los Angeles, CA (2013)
  • Sustainability Reporting: Moving from Mainstream to Mandate Sulkowski, A. Ling, L. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Conference, Chestnut Hill, MA (2012)
  • Sustainable Business Ideas in Action: How to Survive and Thrive Now Sulkowski, A. Royal Bank of Scotland Global Operations Hub, Warsaw, Poland (2012)
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Professional Services

  • Officer, President/Elect/Past Strategy & Interdisciplinary Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ()
  • Accounting Oversight Board Member & Scholarship Selection Committee Harvard Club of Poland ()
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past Tom Dunfee Memorial Symposium on Law & Strategy ()
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (2017 - 2018)
  • Chairperson Academy of Legal Studies in Business - student research paper competition (2017 - 2017)
  • Co-President Academy of Legal Studies in Business Environmental Law & Sustainability Section (2017 - 2017)
  • Chairperson North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (2016 - 2017)