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Department(s):
Management, Marketing, and Operations
Title(s):
Assistant Prof.
Office Location
UHB 4077
Phone Number

Carolee Rigsbee has extensive business and industry leadership experience in quality assurance and project/program management (software-based systems) and specializes in strategic management. Her research is focused on the design of innovative organization governance and value chain structures and processes that strengthen stakeholder voice and reduce obstacles to social goal achievement. Currently, Carolee is studying the potential of vertically integrated value chains (meta-organizations) enabled by blockchain technology and shared governance structures to deliver goods and services in support of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Carolee is a member of the Executive Committee for the UI System Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES). Carolee co-leads the CURES Community Project Lab (CPL) which is designed to help connect small Illinois communities to resources to achieve community sustainability goals. The 2021 round of the CPL, sponsored by the Illinois Innovation Network, the UIC Energy Initiative, and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, was held December 2, 2021. The planning for the Fall 2022 event, sponsored by the Lumpkin Family Foundation is underway.

Carolee was also involved in organizing the NSF sponsored “CURES Connection” workshop, held August 7th and 8th, 2019 at the Discovery Partners Institute, at which a broad network of stakeholders focused on addressing energy, water, and climate related issues faced by cities of different sizes in Illinois and the Midwest and set the groundwork for advancing action in these areas.

Carolee is also on the organizing committee for the international conference on Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (SEE Conference website). The conference. Last held in 2020 due to COVID-19, the conference highlights cutting edge research on social impact investment mechanisms, social entrepreneurship, and mission-based enterprises (e.g., benefit corporations, B-Corp certified firms) and other topics related to social and environmental progress.

Invited Presentations:

2022, May 25. Invited Presenter. Benefit corporations and B Corp certification: More tools for socially responsible business. ASQ Montreal Section.

2022, February 23. Invited Panelist. Assessing and Overcoming Environmental Issues in Rural Communities with CURES. 33rd Annual Rural Economic Development Conference: Repositioning Rural Economies for the Economies of the Future. Sponsored by Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, and Rural Partners Institute.

2021, March 31. Invited Panelist.  Women in Quality. ASQ Montreal Section. See ASQ Montreal past events

2020, October 30. Invited Panelist. Session: Legal, Business, and Human Rights Research and Scholarship about Sustainability. 25th Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium – Cutting Through Academic Silos to Achieve Sustainability. UIC John Marshall Law School.

2020, April 20. Hammond C, Rigsbee C. Building Social and Environmental Responsibility into your Business and Legal Career. Invited panelist/presentation at Symposium on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (Part 1), sponsored by Energy Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago.

2020, January 30. Grossman, E., Hanson, A-M., Kocs, E.A., Forret Lin, Y.-F., Rigsbee, C., Sharma, A., & Wuebbles, D. Cities 2020 and Beyond: Intelligent, Resilient, and Sustainable. Panel at the Night of Ideas Alive! Sponsored by the Consulate General of France and the Chicago Field Museum. Chicago, Il.

2019, November 18. Invited speaker at University of Illinois at Chicago, US 130 Principles of Urban Sustainability class. Topic: Recent Trends in business on the need for social and environmental responsibility.

2017, October 19. Newman L., Cook, V., Rigsbee C. Forward thinking online education: What do management educators need to know? Invited presentation at Midwest Academy of Management. Chicago, Il.

Recent Publications:

Rigsbee, C.M., Newell, S., & de los Reyes, G. (2022). “Social purpose value chains: Formation and participation enabled by blockchain technology, value-chain level governance, and coopetition”, in E. Steckler and A. Ward (volume eds.), World Scientific Encyclopedia of Business Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (Volume 2). World Scientific Publishing. 

Witmer A-P, Wuebbles D.J., Jain A, Dall-Erba S., Rigsbee C., Byrnes P., & Colina Morles E. (2021). “Community-Scale Response to Climate Change Impacts on Rural Agricultural Economies”. Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, Nov. 8-9, 2021 (full paper).

Wuebbles, D., A. Sharma, A. Ando, L. Zhao, Rigsbee, C. (2021), Converging on solutions to plan sustainable cities, Eos (Magazine), 102(1): 18-23. Available at https://eos.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/EOS_JAN21.pdf

Ando. A., Hanson, A-M., Kocs, E., Klein-Banai, C., Massey, D., Rigsbee, C., Sharma, A., Wuebbles, D., Zellner, M., & Zhao, L. (2019). New Voices and Paths to Urban Sustainability – 2019 CURES Connections Workshop Report (pdf). Center for Urban Resiliency and Environmental Sustainability (CURES), Discover Partners Institute. Chicago, IL.

Lengnick-Hall, M. L., Lengnick-Hall, C. A., & Rigsbee, C. M. (2013). Strategic human resource management and supply chain orientation. Human Resource Management Review, 23(4), 366-377. doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2012.07.002.

Recent Conference Presentations:

International

Witmer A-P, Wuebbles D.J., Jain A, Dall-Erba S., Rigsbee C., Byrnes P., & Colina Morles E. (2021). “Community-Scale Response to Climate Change Impacts On Rural Agricultural Economies”. 20th IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, Nov. 8-9, 2021. Best Paper honors – climate resilience track.

Kocs, E. & Rigsbee, C.M., McWilliams, A., Dean, T.J., Moon, J., Wuebbles, D., Zafar, A., Kim, A., Walls, J.L. (2020) Better Late Than Never: Business Schools and Climate Change Action. Panel Symposium. Proceedings of the 2020 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Rigsbee, C., Newell, S, & de los Reyes, G. (2020) Social Purpose Value Chains: Formation and Participation Enabled by Blockchain Technology, Value-chain Level Governance, and Coopetition, paper symposium presentation for “Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals” (Steckler, E. & Ward, A., Organizers), 2020 Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (February 27-March 1, 2020), San Juan, PR.

Rigsbee, C., Jessup, C., Hammond, C., Black, S., Wasik, J. (2020). Benefit Corporation Awareness. 2020 Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (February 27-March 1, 2020), San Juan, PR.

Kocs, E. & Rigsbee, C. Panel Symposium: Enablers of Social Purpose Organization Success in Post Disaster Communities – Perspectives from Puerto Rico. 2020 Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (February 27-March 1, 2020), San Juan, PR.

Black, S., Cassidy, G., & Rigsbee, C. (2019). Is there a Market for Benefit Corporation Control? 2019 Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (SEE), Miami, FL.

Rigsbee, C. (2018). Social purpose value chains: Formation and participation enabled by blockchain technology, value-chain level governance, and coopetition. Espina, M (organizer) “Social Impact through Entrepreneurial Actions” panel symposium. Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Rigsbee, C. (2018). Social purpose value chains: Formation and participation enabled by blockchain technology, value-chain level governance, and coopetition. 2018 Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (SEE), Washington, D.C., District of Columbia.

National

Newman, L., Gribbins, M., Jessup, C., Rigsbee, C., Boles, E., Rogers-Skowronski, D. (2017). Who Needs QM? We’re Already Good! The Challenges of Adopting QM for a Legacy Online Program. QM Connect, Fort Worth, Texas.

Newman, L., Boles, E., Gribbins, M., Jessup, C., Rigsbee, C., Rogers-Skowronski, D. (2017). A Community-Based Narrate-Your-Work Approach to Improving Quality. 33rd Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, Madison, Wisconsin.

Newman, L., Jessup, C., Rigsbee, C., Rogers Skowronski, D., Gribbens, M., Boles, E. (2017). Identifying Strategies for Revitalizing legacy online programs: Overcoming barriers to innovation. OLC Innovate Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Regional

Boles, E., Gribbins, M., Jessup, C., Newman, L., Rigsbee, C., Rogers-Skowronski, D. (2017). Panel: Challenges and Strategies for Revitalizing a Mature Online Business Program. Midwest Association for Information Systems, Springfield, Illinois.

Newman, L. V., Cook, V., & Rigsbee, C. (2017, September). Forward thinking online education: What do management educators need to know. Invited presentation at Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois.

State

Rigsbee, C., Newell, S., Jessup, C. de los Reyes Jr., G. (2020). Social Purpose Value Chains: Overcoming Barriers to Social Goal Achievement. IIN Sustainability Research Conference. Eastern Illinois University.

Boyles, E., Jessup, C., Gribbins, M., Newman, L., Rigsbee, C., Rogers-Skowronski, D. (2017). Panel: Encouraging Innovation in a Mature Online Program. Faculty Summer Institute, Champaign, Illinois.