Vishal Agrawal Receives Dissertation Proposal Award from The Aspen Institute

October 29, 2010 Vishal Agrawal

The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Assistant Professor Honored Oct. 26, 2010

Vishal Agrawal, assistant professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, received the 2010 Dissertation Proposal Award from The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education. Now in its fourth year, the award identifies innovative research in core business disciplines that consider the interdependence between business decision-making and a wider societal or environmental context.
Agrawal began teaching at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business this fall, after completing a doctorate in operations management at Georgia Tech’s College of Management. His dissertation focuses on the environmental implications of operations strategies by investigating how green business models and strategies can be profitably implemented. Specifically, he investigates consumer behavior for remanufactured products and managerial implications for a firm interested in product recovery and remarketing. In his dissertation, he also analyzes the trade-in strategy of firms in the context of remanufactured products. He plans to continue his research and teaching interests in sustainability. 
The 2010 winners were selected from among a number of applicants through a multi-round review process. The four final-round academic judges were: Ray Fisman (Columbia University); Rachel Kowal (New York University); Donald Schepers (Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College); and Larry Zicklin (New York University and the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College).
Agrawal received an honorarium from the Aspen Institute and recognition at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen in New York Business & Society Annual Forum, which took place October 26, 2010 at the NYU Stern School of Business, and on October 27 at Bloomberg LP’s corporate headquarters in New York.
About the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education          
The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education equips business leaders for the 21st century with a new management paradigm – the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. As part the Aspen Institute Business and Society program, the center aims to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. For more information, visit
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit