About the Center

Established in 2000 as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Program and now affiliated with the Industry Studies Association, the Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is one of 23 Industry Studies Program Centers. CPBIS is a tax exempt, non-profit Center whose mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and further the understanding of business, management, organizational and social issues of importance to the paper industry. It does so by engaging key Industry organizations and personnel and academic institutions representatives – principally through Georgia Tech and its associated colleges and Centers, including the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI, formerly the Institute of Paper Science and Technology).



Knowing the competitive environment and having a deep appreciation of the technological, global, and social forces that impact the industry is fundamental to its sustainability. CPBIS provides research and knowledge resources that inform industry leaders and other stakeholders. CPBIS’ mission encompasses several important elements:

  • Establish a collaborative and interdisciplinary academic community that understands the paper Industry;
  • Study the industry and provide research results of high, practical value to industry decision makers;
  • Create reports, data, and other knowledge products that inform industry, researchers, analysts, and other paper industry stakeholders;
  • Encourage and support Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students from a variety of disciplines to work in areas and on topics relevant for the paper industry.


A fundamental Center objective is to gain an improved understanding of strategically important business, economic, social, and organizational challenges facing the Industry. Creating an integrated set of high quality and innovative research and knowledge products is the Center’s primary means for achieving this.

An equally important objective is to build and sustain ties between Industry and academic communities in ways that address issues of interest to industry decision makers, analysts and scholars. This includes exploring relationships between culture and organizational effectiveness, identifying Industry responses to the changing business environment, examining shifting regulatory processes, and analyzing emerging trends that affect the industry.