Asking the right questions, and the process, are sometimes just as important as the answers.

Presidio Graduate School’s unique approach to teaching sustainable management integrates systems, leadership, and management fundamentals. PGS students learn professional competencies—economics, finance, governance, operations and so forth—required in every graduate management program. What distinguishes PGS is our commitment to help students learn and apply their sustainable management skills to join profitability, community and ecology in new business models and public policies.

Beyond the essential management competencies—such as governance, operations, economics and finance—our graduates are trained to see connections and make better decisions in the context of a whole system. For example, they learn to recognize how changing a manufacturing process can impact not just efficiency, but also community relations, environmental safety and job satisfaction. They recognize how rethinking business or policy decisions that reduce energy and material costs, for example, can lead to bottom-line benefits while delivering value to customers and other stakeholders.

Our unique systems-thinking teaching method makes change happen.

Transformative Teaching

Translating ideas and opportunities for sustainable business and policy solutions into practical action, however, often requires leading people through some form of change, or even disruption. This is the essence of the human and leadership dimension of sustainable management that PGS emphasizes throughout our programs. No matter how innovative your idea or how well-designed your business case, without the courage and ability to mobilize others, very little progress can be made. We teach leadership competencies and inspire confidence, both of which are critical for success in today’s complex business and political environment. Not only do Presidio students develop a strong understanding of sustainability principles, tools and activities, they also cultivate sustainability ethics and the leadership skills to change institutions and society.

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