Managing for Sustainability Concentration

Mentor: Professor Saurabh Mishra, Associate Director of Sustainability and MSUS Programs, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management

The Managing for Sustainability Concentration (15 credits) introduces students to the principles of sustainability and develops in students the key skills needed to integrate business strategies with sustainability objectives. Because organizations are increasingly prioritizing sustainability issues on their strategic agendas, contemporary managers must be able to incorporate social and environmental considerations into business activities and work with stakeholders to generate innovative solutions that transcend rather than accept trade-offs between environmental, social and economic values.

What is Sustainability? www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpzrqCr2kE4

The Managing for Sustainability concentration represents an ideal complement to the majors and concentrations of other areas because sustainability issues are increasingly shaping the activities of all business functions, in organizations across all economic sectors. This concentration therefore uniquely positions students to engage constructively with social and environmental challenges – even if they embark upon traditional management career paths – and prepares them for a range of positions in the private sector, consultancies, government, NGOs, and international organizations. It also prepares graduates for careers in the emerging green economy, which will be an important source of innovation and jobs in the coming years.

Courses in the Concentration are organized into four broad themes (see course list, below):

(1) strategic organizational implications of the interlinked economic, social and ecological challenges of sustainability; (2) the integration of sustainability into traditional business functions;  (3) leadership, building consensus, motivating others and managing the organizational change that is required to achieve sustainability; and (4) stakeholder management and managing technological change.

Required Course (3 credits) 

  • MGPO 440 Strategies for Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Complementary Courses (12 credits) 

6-9 credits selected from the following: 

  • ACCT 401 Sustainability & Environ Acct 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • INSY 455 Tech&Innov for Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 438 Social Entrepreneur&Innovation 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGSC 488 Sustainability and Operations 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MRKT 351 Marketing & Society 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MSUS 401 Sustainability Consulting 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MSUS 402 Sys Thinking & Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

3 credits from the following: 

  • ORGB 321 Leadership 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Res. 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ORGB 421 Managing Organizational Change 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ORGB 401 Leadership Practicum: Soc Sect 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

0-3 credits from the following:

  • BUSA 465 Technological Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 365 Business-Government Relations 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 450 Ethics in Management 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 460 Managing Innovation 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 475 Strategies for Devel Countries 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 567 Business in Society 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MSUS 434 Topics in Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer