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DC HEaRT Initiative

The DC HEaRT (Direct Current for Humanity, Energy, and Regional Transformation) initiative is a partnership among the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, Swanson School of Engineering, and School of Social Work, as well as the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund and Ahmedabad University. It is funded by the Beall Family Foundation and the Hillman Family Foundation. Here you will find resources that enable you to:

DC HEaRT: What is it about?

DC HEaRT (Direct Current for Humanity, Energy, and Regional Transformation) is an initiative of the Business of Humanity® Project (BoH) at the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Swanson School. The BoH Project seeks to improve strategic decision making in organizations using case studies and actual business examples drawn from firms studied in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, India, Russia and the United States. The Project explores the proposition that: Strategic decision making that employs criteria falling under the rubric of "humanity" - in its two dimensions of "humaneness" and "humankind" - leads to superior economic performance. DC HEART is a BoH initiative because of DC Power's potential for energy saving, environmental friendliness, and spurring economic development and job growth.

The BoH Project documents management processes and strategic perspectives of companies practicing the Business of Humanity®. The goal is to promote awareness among managers and academics, motivate discussion, examine the economic consequences, and demonstrate how to implement the Business of Humanity® tenets in their business plans. The project has developed a 3-credit MBA course, titled BSPP2328 The Business of Humanity®: Strategic Management in the Era of Globalization, Innovation and Shared Value, offered in the MBA and Executive MBA programs in the Katz School.

Check out the latest news about the DC HEaRT Initiative and the Business of Humanity Project on the DC HEaRT home page!