Co-op Management Certificate Abroad

MGTC 565C: International Cooperative Field Study
This international cooperative field study was created for the students in the Certificate in Cooperative Management program, although it is open to all other members of the PGS community. 
The goal of the study tour is to allow students to see a mature cooperative economy in action. In 2017, it is an opportunity to visit Spain and see one version of a sustainable economy in action, one that survived 2008 and all the other economic disasters of the last 70+ years. This is an economy that puts workers first and is particularly relevant as the US struggles with its current and future issues of employment. The Mondragon Corporation is a corporation and a federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain. It was founded in 1956 by graduates of a local technical college. At the end of 2013, it employed 74,061 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.
3 credit Elective, no pre-requisites
June 4-July 9, 2017: Class work via Zoom
June 17-24, 2017: Travel in Spain
Faculty: Jill Bamburg and Dan Arnett
Auditing available on a limited basis
Flight: $1,590-$1,800 (estimate)
Lodging and most meals: $2,500 (estimate)
Registration close is rapidly approaching for reasonably priced ticket purchase. Contact the registrar here for further details.
More info on the academic content of the course contact Jill Bamburg:



Creativity and Innovation

ELC 568: Creativity and Innovation

The class will be a fast-paced intensive residential week of collaborative learning activities. There will be two webinars to cover basic design processes and finalize planning for the logistics of a residential class. Students will be using creative processes for:

  • exploring design challenges,
  • imaging possible creative approaches to problems,
  • contextual research methods to gather knowledge of real world systems,
  • visually communicating ideas to their teams,
  • brainstorming & synthesizing with new information,
  • building, testing, evaluating & iterating prototypes,
  • presenting your team’s work & appreciating,
  • learning & laughing with your colleagues.

Benefits of the experience include:

  • lowering inhibitions to creative imagination and promoting conditions for generative thinking with teams
  • translating behavioral & emotional motivations to professional roles with collaborative ways of working
  • discussing real-world experiences and risk factors with innovating in business for change towards sustainability
  • understanding strategies to navigate through complexity and team dilemmas with creativity
  • collaborating on opportunities inspired by real-world challenges faced by Cortes Island businesses, inspired by field research with business owners.
  • thinking creatively to explore problems, imagine solutions, and evaluate ideas for business applications.
  • building imaginative, interactive experience prototypes
  • developing visual storytelling skills as a method for compelling business communication.
3 Credit Elective
June 4 – July 9th: Class work by Zoom
June 17 – 24: Travel to Whidbey Island, Washington (residential in a beautiful group setting)
Faculty: Nina Serpiella, PhD
Auditing available on a limited basis
Students find travel independently. Lodging and breakfast: dependent on number of students (limited to 10 students/auditors). Contact the registrar here for further details.