MBAMGT 671 Environmental Management and Organizational Sustainability (Mondays, 5:30-8:15 pm)
This course gives students an understanding of current environmental issues as they relate to managerial decision-making. The issues are examined from the worldwide perspectives of business and society. The course focuses on issues of waste and recycling, air quality (including ozone depletion, global warming, and acid rain), water quality, resource management, biodiversity, and sustainable economic growth.
EEOS 684L/MGT 674 Climate and Energy: Law, Policy and Management (Wednesdays, 5:30-8:15 pm)
This course examines legal, public policy and management issues related to Climate Change as well as those related to the siting, development and distribution of renewable energy. It begins with an on international overview of the socio-economic forces shown to influence climate change, the legal and economic mechanisms that have emerged to address such change and the evolving global energy portfolio (particularly efforts to develop renewable energy). Current laws as well as evolving energy and climate change associated policies and regulations will be considered. Students participate in discussion of readings in the climate change and energy management literature, select and critically review an environmental or energy program from a climate change management perspective, and present their findings to the seminar.
MBAMGT 697/669 Sustainability and Clean Tech Entrepreneurship (Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm)
Entrepreneurship is about inventing and implementing; creating a vision and organizing an initiative or venture to make it happen. Some of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures today revolve around new technologies for the sustainable production of clean energy including solar, biofuels, smart-grid, wind, and advanced transportation. In each of these arenas, entrepreneurial companies are forwarding innovations in technology, business models, and organizational forms that have the potential to develop an economy which is sustainable environmentally, economically, and socially. Learning about these companies and how they achieve these goals is the goal of the course.
This course assumes no prior experience or knowledge about entrepreneurship, while also being an elective for students in the MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization. Thus, we will summarize that course and introduce how ‘entreprenurial behavior’ is the driving force behind most corporate endeavors around sustainability. Entrepreneurial topics will include opportunity creation, business-model generation, the ecology of innovation, and modes of organizing such as effectuation, bricolage, and emergence. On the sustainability side, students will study one of its core economic sectors, and develop a case study about a leading entrepreneurial company in that space.