Hans Rawhouser (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology), an associate professor in the Lee Business school, won a prestigious award for his paper titled, "Does a common mechanism engender common results? Sustainable development trade-offs in the global carbon offset market." published in Academy of Management Discoveries in 2019. The paper explores patterns of approval of carbon offset projects throughout the world and was named a winner (among 120 nominated scholarly works) of the 2022 Award for Responsible Research in Management.
Rawhouser and his colleagues looked at data from carbon offset projects in the UN's Clean Development Mechanism. In addition to GHG reductions, each project was supposed to contribute in other ways to sustainable development. They found that carbon offset projects claiming additional social and economic sustainability benefits had a higher approval likelihood than projects that proposed other types of environmental benefits. These approval patterns indicate preferences among national governments, and the potential for various "flavors" of sustainable development, driving by organizational and social factors.