MBA Program Foundations

Overview | Foundations | Curriculum | Faculty

The MBA curriculum is built on three program foundations: systems thinking, responsible leadership for all stakeholders, and business fundamentals.

Systems Thinking

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.

  • Holistic

    Apply whole-systems thinking to orient strategies toward sustainable management solutions.

  • Integrated

    Connect 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.

Responsible Leadership for All Stakeholders

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 Fundamentals

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

  • Data Analysis

    Analyze market behavior and interpret the allocation of resources while realizing the limitations of existing economic models.

  • 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.

  • Innovation

    Integrate sustainable management principles in the design, commercialization, marketing, and production of innovative goods and services.

  • Capital Management

    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.

  • Leadership

    Leadership is the ability to influence and motivate others through personal advocacy, systems awareness, values alignment, and vision. Then accessing and managing the resources and organizational commitment to realize the intended change.