December 09, 2013 - On Friday, Mr. Jack Ouelette, CEO of American Textile, joined our cohort. He is also a graduate of West Pont and a former military officer who worked his way to CEO of a multinational textile company after earning his MBA at Duquesne University. Mr. Ouelette showed his generosity by choosing to share his valuable time […] More »
Do you feel lost in a sea of ordinary MBA options?
Are you looking for more than a simple career change or salary boost?
Our MBA Sustainability degree attracts hybrid talent—early and mid-career professionals who want to become agents of change.
A decade ago, corporations and sustainability advocates focused almost solely on a single dimension of the triple bottom line: the environment.
Today, those leading the sustainability charge have set aim on a new goal: integrated sustainable development.
Integrated sustainable development considers simultaneously business best-practices for managing financial, human and natural resources.
Integrated sustainable development challenges all parties to find better solutions and ways of measuring progress.
Reconciling community well-being and the bottom line
The "social dimension" of sustainability remains a subjective and hard to quantify concept. The MBA Sustainability program examines how corporations might apply tools and guidelines to comparably report on their social impact. We investigate key performance indicators such as:
- employee health and safety, labor policies and practices, worker safety/training
- diversity and corresponding employment/education/training opportunities
- knowledge management and innovation potential
- customer acceptance, societal product benefit and social dialogue.
Planning and investment for more sustainable growth
Measuring the full economic dimension of sustainability poses many challenges. The MBA Sustainability program looks beyond merely adding or subtracting the cost/benefit of social and environmental activities to next step evolutions:
- financial and strategic implications of sustainable development
- tools for evaluating environmental, social, and economic aspects of performance
- comparisons of short vs. long-term growth.
Applying design and technology to change paradigms
Early measures of sustainability centered on a company's ecological footprint (energy consumption, recycling, waste retrieval, etc.). The MBA Sustainability program raises the environmental stakes to include:
- information and control systems for environmental performance
- improved life cycle assessments
- cradle-to-cradle design paradigms.
Bedrock grounding for transformational leaders
Fall-out from Enron and other corporate scandals has been widespread and lasting. The MBA Sustainability program addresses ethical decision making from multiple angles, seeking not just greater theoretical or historical knowledge, but practical application in student coursework, presentation and live corporate projects. Topics include:
- business case for ethical corporate behavior
- financial, legal and business risks
- ethical dimensions of sustainable practices
- public affairs and corporate governance
- shareholder activism and socially responsible investing.
The annual list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, launched in 2005, is unveiled each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Global 100 is a partnership project between Corporate Knights Inc. and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc.
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Nagaraj "Naga" Sivasubramaniam, Ph.D.
Nagaraj "Naga" Sivasubramaniam teaches and conducts research on leadership and strategic management, and the organizational impacts of individual and team leadership, advanced information technologies and innovations.
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Accepting applications for Fall 2014.
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Summer 2013 – India
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