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MBA Program Foundations

The MBA curriculum is designed to support three program foundations and develop ten program learning outcomes:

Sustainable Systems

Principles of systems thinking and sustainability ground the entire curriculum and are woven into every course. A whole-systems orientation rests on coursework in systems thinking, sustainability literacy, ethics and social justice. Students learn to apply these concepts to shape business strategy and practice.

  • Systems Thinking:
    Apply whole systems thinking to orient strategies toward sustainable management solutions.
  • Sustainability Literacy:
    Integrate sustainability principles, frameworks and tools to business activities, strategies and models.
  • Ethics and Social Justice:
    Model highly ethical behavior and a social justice orientation to influence a wide range of stakeholders to incorporate and support sustainable management practices.

Sustainable Leadership

The transition to a sustainable future requires the capacity to engender positive change through varying spheres of influence, from the self, to the team, to the organization and ultimately to society as a whole. With an emphasis on collaboration, engagement and cross-sector cooperation, the coursework is designed to build competencies in personal efficacy, resilience, adaptability, relationship management and organizational change.

  • Efficacy, Resilience and Adaptability:
    Adjust to changing situations and obstacles, and promote productivity and sustainability through individual relationships, teams and organizations.
  • Relationship Management:
    Encourage and influence relationships that promote sustainability across multiple stakeholders and roles, and within the global, social, political, ethical and cultural contexts of business.
  • Organizational Change:
    Identify the levers of cultural and structural change to support sustainability in organizations.

Business Foundations

Foundational courses focus on building practical management proficiencies in economics, innovation, capital management and critical thinking. The coursework integrates business fundamentals, with an emphasis on designing, developing and managing sustainable businesses.

  • Economics:
    Analyze market behavior and interpret the allocation of resources while realizing the limitations of existing economic models.
  • Innovation:
    Integrate sustainable management principles in the design, commercialization, marketing and production of innovative goods and services.
  • Capital Markets:
    Interpret the financial conditions of an enterprise and evaluate the use of financial capital to optimize value for all stakeholders while also considering and other forms of capital, such as cultural and natural capital.
  • Critical Thinking:
    Conceptualize, analyze, synthesize and/or evaluate the nature of information and knowledge by applying observation, experience, reflection, reasoning and communication in ways that guide belief and action.
  • Information and Communication Technology Literacy:
    Use and critically assess available and new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to achieve ethical and sustainable management outcomes.