The concentration in Sustainable Business further develops your proficiency in triple bottom line (TBL) practices, sustainability frameworks, and their application. You will accomplish this through a comprehensive examination of environmental systems and climate change; diversity, inclusion, and social justice; and models for social change and public policy based on ecological economics. Building upon the foundational concepts and application of TBL practices for organizations and other essential MBA skills, you will be prepared for a dynamic and impactful career managing TBL organizations for financial sustainability, social equity, and environmental sustainability.
This degree is offered by AU Online.
MGT-5220: Earth Systems and Climate Change (3 credits)
This course employs a systems approach to understanding the intersection of business and nongovernmental organizations and the Earth system. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and how they are interrelated, are explored with a focus on climate change. Systems thinking emphasizes relationships and interdependencies — students learn to identify the connections between the planet and an organization by considering whole systems, rather than component parts, and discern systems within systems. Students apply systems thinking and their knowledge of the Earth system to analyze organizations and address sustainability challenges, including resource use, waste management, and climate change.
MGT-5222: Diversity and Social Sustainability (3 credits)
Socially sustainable communities and businesses are equitable, diverse, connected, democratic and provide a good quality of life. Social sustainability occurs when the formal and informal systems and relationships actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and livable communities. From a business perspective, social sustainability is about understanding the impacts of corporations on people and society. This class will examine how social sustainability interacts with diversity, as well as how business decisions should be proactive with identifying and managing the impact on employees, workers in the value chain, customers, and local communities.
MGT-5224: Ecological Economics, Public Policy, and Social Change (3 credits)
Ecological economics addresses the complexity inherent in the process of determining how we decide, utilize, and prioritize resources in a way that does not jeopardize the future well being of natural and human systems. This course will focus on how economic and political systems interact to generate varied outcomes in relation to the goals of sustainability, justice, and economic well-being. Alternative measurement systems will be compared to neoclassical tools for their ability to measure progress and students will consider private and public sector approaches for creating a transition toward a more sustainable and just society. Throughout the course, we will focus on what “works” and place significant emphasis on relating the material to students personal and career goals.
MGT-6000: Integrated Keystone Project (3 credits)
The Keystone Project course is the culminating experience of the program study. The Keystone Project will consist of an independent research study and/or a professional action project. A suitable project involves both secondary (library) and primary (field) research on a topic pertinent to the field of management, leadership and human services. Students engage in the process of planning, collecting, analyzing and presenting data. As a result, students move from consumer to creator of new knowledge. The culminating product is a written report of the investigation and a presentation to the course professor and peers.
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