Know Your Professor: Ryan Raffety

February 26, 2016

Ryan Raffety

We chatted with Ryan Raffety, Assistant Professor of Management Strategy and Sustainability, about his favorite courses to teach, his favorite book, and his hidden talent.

What is your favorite class to teach?

I have two favorite classes that I teach at the Simmons School of Management: People, Planet, and Profits (MGMT 290/MSMG 503), and Sustainability Analysis and Reporting (GSM 516). People, Planet, and Profits asks “How do organizations balance their responsibilities to earn a profit and to be a good corporate citizen?” The topic of the class is cutting-edge. The idea of social value having economic consequences in the corporate world is a relatively new concept for business leaders. My other favorite class to teach, Sustainability Analysis and Reporting, takes the ideas from People, Planet, and Profits and asks, “How do you determine and manage the economic impact of social value?” The class is very generative — students get the opportunity to create metrics to measure the impact of socially conscious business practices.

 What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Collapse by Jared Diamond. I picked up the book on a whim during an airport layover, and I was hooked. The book chronicles the history of societies destroying their environments, and it was the catalyst for my decision to return to academia and pursue a PhD. This book is now the primary text in my course, People, Planet and Profits.

Fill in the blank: When I’m not teaching, I’m…

When I'm not teaching, I'm usually writing, reading, or playing with my Golden Doodle, Persephone.

Fill in the blank: I love my students because…

I love my students because sometime in the last 20 years, I became “that old guy” who see the world differently than younger people. My students constantly encourage me to look at the world through a different lens.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I’m really great at the art of travel. I had a job for five years that was 100% travel, so I learned how to navigate customs and immigration really well.