Concentration in Managing for Sustainability (15 credits)

Offered by: Management     Degree: Bachelor of Commerce

Program Requirements

The B.Com.; Major in General Management, Managing for Sustainability Concentration, helps students to develop conceptual and analytical skills needed to formulate and implement organizational policies that contribute to ecologically sustainable and socially responsible economic development. There is a growing demand for managers and professionals that combine traditional management and business skills with environmental knowledge and an understanding of social systems and stakeholder expectations. The emerging green economy will be an important source of innovation and jobs in the coming years.

Courses in the Concentration fall into four broad themes: (1) 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 change required to achieve sustainability; (4) stakeholder management and managing technological change.

The program complements traditional management career paths and provides useful preparation for positions in the private sector, consultancies, government, NGOs, and international organizations.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • MGPO 440 Strategies for Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course explores the relationship between economic activity, management, and the natural environment. Using readings, discussions and cases, the course will explore the challenges that the goal of sustainable development poses for our existing notions of economic goals, production and consumption practices and the management of organizations.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Dror Etzion (Fall) Jad Robitaille (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

6-9 credits from the following:

  • ACCT 401 Sustainability and Environmental Accounting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Accounting : Developing measures of corporate environmental performance, assessing their reliability and reporting to external stakeholders. Using sustainability metrics in strategic and operational business decisions. Implementing and utilizing Environmental management systems and standards. Managing corporate environmental risks and accounting for environmental costs. Environmental auditing.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 211

    • Open only to U2 and U3 students.

  • INSY 455 Technology and Innovation for Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : The role of information and other technologies in the size and nature of an organization’s environmental ‘footprint’. Achieving sustainability through strategic innovation, such as digitization, recycling, reuse of materials, sustainable design, LEED certifications, smart grids and energy metrics. Analyzing the environmental benefits and hidden costs of novel technologies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

  • MGPO 438 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Explores key concepts associated with social entrepreneurship and social innovation – the application of principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to solve social problems through social ventures, enterprises and not-for-profit organizations. Focuses on the social economy, including how the market system can be leveraged to create social value.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Steve Maguire (Fall) Anita Nowak (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Open to U2, U3 students only. Students cannot receive credits if they already received credits for MGPO 434.

  • MGSC 488 Sustainability and Operations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Science : Social and environmental impacts of an organization’s operations. Regulatory environments, eco-efficiency concepts and measurement systems. Lifecycle analysis and exploring impacts linked to: product design, sourcing, production, distribution, sales, and end-of-life recovery & treatment. Frameworks and best practices for reducing negative consequences and increasing positive ones.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

  • MRKT 351 Marketing and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Marketing : The social issues and concerns affecting marketing management are examined and the two way relationship between marketing and social change is explored. Particular attention is paid to consumerism, government regulation in marketing, corporate social responsibility, social marketing and marketing role in a conserve society.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Bonnie M Feigenbaum (Winter)

  • MSUS 401 Sustainability Consulting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    MSUS : Designed around a pro bono consulting engagement, provides real-world experience in applying management consulting theories and tools to plan and implement projects that move organizations towards sustainability. Topics include: consulting as an industry; different types of sustainability consulting; implementing change in organizations; and project management.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Esther Dormagen (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Open only to U2, U3 students. Priority registration to students in the BCom. Major in Managing for Sustainability.

    • Prerequisite: MGPO 440

  • MSUS 402 Systems Thinking and Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    MSUS : Examines interconnected dynamics of organizations and social, economic, and ecological systems. Introduces systems thinking principles to foster learning, inform organizational decision-making, and solve real-world problems. Covers problem diagnosis and resolution of organizational and societal sustainability issues through causal loop diagrams, stock-and-flow mapping, group model building, computational simulations and case studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

3 credits from the following:

  • ORGB 321 Leadership (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Leadership theories provide students with opportunities to assess and work on improving their leadership skills. Topics include: the ability to know oneself as a leader, to formulate a vision, to have the courage to lead, to lead creatively, and to lead effectively with others.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Anita Nowak (Fall) Patricia Hewlin (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222 or permission of Instructor and approval of the BCom Program Office.

    • Restrictions: Restricted to U2 and U3 students.

  • ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : A conceptual framework to guide participants through negotiation and conflict resolution process.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Jean-Nicolas Reyt (Fall) Lisa Cohen (Winter) Jay Hewlin (Summer)

  • ORGB 401 Leadership Practicum in Social Sector (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Students apply a wealth of OB concepts and leadership strategies by spending the equivalent of one full day (8 hours) per week at an organization within Montreal’s social sector. Course material will supplement field experiences. The Practicum complements ORGB 321, which offers a more comprehensive survey of leadership theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Only open to U2 and U3 students.

  • ORGB 421 Managing Organizational Change (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Organizational change theory and techniques are examined with an emphasis on techno-structural interventions such as Quality-of-Work-Life approaches. Through simulations and case-studies, the course explores initiatives in organizational change, primarily in contemporary Canadian organizations. It also includes opportunities for "hands-on" experience in work and organization redesign.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Elizabeth Campbell, Nathalie Marie Duchesnay (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222

    • Continuing Studies: this course cannot be taken for credit if ORGB 522 was already completed

0-3 credits from the following:

  • BUSA 465 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Business Admin : Concentrating on entrepreneurship and enterprise development, particular attention is given to the start-up, purchasing and management of small to medium-sized industrial firms. The focal point is in understanding the dilemmas faced by entrepreneurs, resolving them, developing a business plan and the maximum utilization of the financial, marketing and human resources that make for a successful operation.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Michael M Avedesian (Fall) Christian Keen Henon (Winter)

  • MGPO 365 Business-Government Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : The political environment in which business organizations operate: how governments control, regulate, promote, and compete with the private sector and how corporate policy responds to, and seeks to influence, these activities.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Paola Perez-Aleman (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): U2 & U3 students only

  • MGPO 450 Ethics in Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : An examination of the economic, legal and ethical responsibilities of managers in both private and public organizations. Through readings, case studies, discussions and projects the class evaluates alternative ethical systems and norms of behaviour and draws conclusions as to the right, proper and just decisions and actions in the face of moral dilemmas. The focus of this course is on the decision process, values and consistency of values of the individual and on the impact of systems control and incentives on managerial morality.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Glen Whelan (Fall) Andrea Gill (Winter)

    • Restriction: U2 and U3 students only

  • MGPO 460 Managing Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Firms face difficulties in developing new products. This course examines the new product development process to understand why problems occur and what managers can do. Topics include the creative synthesis of market and technology; the coordination of functions; and the strategic connection between the project and the strategy.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Gregory Bryan Vit (Fall) Gregory Bryan Vit (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 475 Strategies for Developing Countries (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Strategic management challenges in developing and emerging economies. Focus on strategies that foster both firm competitiveness and economic development, including: technological capabilities, new forms of organization, small and large firms, global production, social impact, global standards and governance.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Paola Perez-Aleman (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 567 Business in Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Examines different ideologies; business ethics and values; the corporation and its constituencies; the social impact of corporate decisions. The focus of this course is on the interaction between business organizations and society and on incorporating social impact analysis into strategic management.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restriction: U2 and U3 students only

  • MSUS 434 Topics in Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    MSUS : An advanced topic in sustainability.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

Desautels Faculty of Management—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 22, 2018) (disclaimer)