MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

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The Sustainable Business concentration provides students with skills to address environmental and social dimensions of conducting business in a global market.

The program emphasizes four aspects of sustainable business that improve a firm's long-term performance:

  • managing risks (regulatory, reputation, litigation, market)
  • recognizing market opportunities created by environmental and social challenges, and
  • applying innovation tools and concepts to meet unmet needs.

Students in the program learn how to articulate the business case for sustainability; develop innovative products and services; lead internal and external coalitions needed to drive organizational change; and implement metrics to measure progress and provide accountability.

In addition to the core MBA requirements, students specializing in Sustainable Business complete the following three courses and two electives approved by a concentration adviser.

Core Courses

  • MGMT 856: Managing the Sustainable Business - Skills and perspectives required to manage and operate a sustainable business. Focus on the tools necessary to perform each business function taking environmental and social implications into account.
  • BUS 857: Business Management and Environmental Leadership Impact of business organizations on the natural environment. Approaches to respond effectively to environmental issues. 
  • MGMT 858: Innovation for Sustainability Business innovation to meet society's emerging needs.  Application of design thinking and innovation to the challenges of creating a more sustainable society, and the emerging opportunities for business to become an innovative force in addressing social and environmental problems.

Suggested Electives

  • BUS 884: Business Ethics, Society and Sustainability
  • MGMT 850: Ethics and Compliance
  • MGMT 855: Emerging Issues in Business: Business, Energy and Climate
  • MGMT 855: Emerging Issues in Business: Business Models for Social Innovation
  • DS 855: Supply Chain Management
  • BUS 841 Creativity for Managers - A Global Perspective
  • MGMT 842: Seminar in Organization Design and Change
  • BUS 899: Independent Study - Applied Sustainable Business Project

Faculty Advisers

  • Tom Thomas
  • Denise Kleinrichert