MBA - Sustainability

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Master of Business Administration in Sustainability Courses

Foundation Course Descriptions
The following courses provide a foundation for the MBA program for individuals with limited business training. The Division suggests that students discuss their academic background with the Program Director prior to making a decision to enroll in any of these classes. These courses are three semester credit hours but do not count toward the MBA degree requirement. Individuals who do not have sufficient background in financial accounting or quantitative methods may be required to take one or both of these courses.

BUS

500A

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Three credit hours

This course develops a working knowledge of the basic accounting system. The primary focus is on financial accounting by the business entity. Students learn to read and understand the four standard financial reports: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of retained earnings with emphasis on their implications for management.

BUS

500Q

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

A course for individuals who have limited skills in Excel, algebraic techniques or statistical analysis. Students are exposed to statistical models and applications for quantitative methods in modern management.


Master in Business Administration in Sustainability
Course Descriptions

BUS

501

SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY

Three credit hours

This course focuses on general systems concepts and the systems management approach to organizations. Students acquire a greater understanding of the interdependence of and interrelationships between elements of a system and its environment. Selected organizational and managerial issues or problems are diagnosed from a system and organizational theory perspective, and solutions are developed that reflect a systemic outlook. Opportunities are provided for applying systems thinking to the students own career or work situation.

BUS

509

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 501

This course provides an analysis of behavioral science approaches to organizations stressing the implications of theoretical concepts on managerial practice. Topics include functions and dysfunctions of bureaucracy, individual needs and organization requirements, group processes, and organizations as systems. Basic concepts used to study special topics are conflict management, leadership, communications, and organizational change and development.

BUS

545

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Working capital management, investment decisions, cost of capital, and long-term financial decisions are the focus of this course. The method of presentation takes account of theory, application, and integration into the general systems approach.

BUS

548

ACCOUNTING MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course is a study of accounting information for managerial decision-making. Emphasis is on cost behaviors and cost accounting systems applied to management models.  Concepts include job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, activity based costing, profit planning, and variance analysis.

BUS

551

MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 545

This course focuses on market segmentation, targeting, positioning, branding, pricing, delivering customer value, competing in cyberspace, leveraging databases, and considers the broad ramifications of marketing decisions.  It conveys how marketing has evolved and been transformed by forces such as globalization, de-regulation, privatization, consolidation, and the proliferation/diffusion of technology.  Students will develop both tactical and strategic skills by working on real-world, real-time products or services using market research, market segmentation approaches, life cycle management, and financial analysis.

BUS

552

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND REGULATION FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Three credit hours

This course provides students with basic scientific knowledge essential for understanding the problems and potential solutions associated with human-induced ecological changes.  This would include a review of the scientific method and ecosystem structure and function, examination of environmental issues related to human population dynamics, energy production and consumption, land use perturbations, climate, toxicology, risk, and human health.  The course also focuses on government regulatory environments (local to global) that impact a firm's sustainability behavior and performance.

BUS

553

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Three credit hours

Students will gain an understanding of how business professionals use sustainability principles as drivers for innovation and how to incorporate this strategic thinking into their own career paths. Students will learn how business decisions benefit from taking into account impacts of social and ecological capital. Topics will include the "Triple Bottom Line" approach as a catalyst for organizational innovation and corporate performance, and corporate motivations for engagement in sustainability. Case studies will focus on successful corporate sustainability initiatives across a wide array of industries and business contexts as well as enduring challenges faced by businesses that aim toward sustainability.  Representatives of local businesses using triple bottom line strategies will present their "cases" in class.  Other topics to be addressed will include integration of sustainability into corporate vision, mission, and culture; metrics of sustainability, including greenhouse gas and carbon inventories; stakeholder engagement and management; the challenge of sustainable products and services; and corporate sustainability reporting.

BUS

581

MACROECONOMICS FOR MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course helps participants develop skill in understanding the operation of the United States economy, anticipating the impacts to government policies and other influences on the economy, and understanding the influence of the economy on the individual firm.

BUS

624

OPERATIONS ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

This course deals with production and operational subsystems from the perspective of general and operations management. Operations analysis tools and methodology are presented in detail to assist in designing, planning, and controlling manufacturing and service operations. This course includes analysis and application of PERT/CPM, inventory control, queuing, and quality management.

BUS

662

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Three credit hours

Evolving principles of sustainable management will be applied to the critical task of  designing, producing, marketing, servicing, and disposing of sustainable products and services. The course examines historic, current, and future examples of sustainable products and services, with attention to evolving definitions of sustainable products and services across time, cultures, and industries. Topics will include product life cycle analysis, prospects for technological innovations such as biomimicry, assessment and management of product supply chains, creation of environmental product differentiation with benefits to the consumer, effective marketing of and public communication and reporting on sustainable products and services, and the essential value propositions and competitive advantages available in this market space.

BUS

663

INTEGRATIVE SUSTAINABLE VENTURE PLAN

Three credit hours

The purpose of this course is to plan, start or build an ethical, sustainable and profitable venture for an existing or new business, NGO or governmental organization. Students may work individually or in a group to complete a strategic business plan that will include a management plan, financial statements, risk analysis, an operations and marketing plan, and an action plan to implement the venture. Course instruction will center around a series of integrated modules that will focus on the practical implementation of all aspects of the curriculum. Students will explore the connections between the strategic foundation of the venture and the cultural, sustainable and spiritual aspects of their values, core purpose and goals within a global business context.  Problem solving and critical decision-making will be integral to this course.

BUS

670

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This capstone course represents the culmination of the student's MBA program.  The science of strategic analysis and strategic management is taught along with competitive assessment, strategic planning, and overall enterprise management.  The student learns within the classroom environment to apply this knowledge to a company that is a major player in its industry.  In the process, the executive learns how to formulate decisions based on the analysis, and how to implement these decisions, given the organization's capabilities and limitations.

 

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