|Description: ||Brazilian Field Seminar:
This program is designed for MBA students who seek to understand the changing role of business in society, specifically as it pertains to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. It explores the potential of business to address sustainability challenges through technical innovations, business practices, entrepreneurial initiatives and new business models designed to alleviate social or environmental conditions, make more efficient use of energy and natural resources, provide adequate health and education services, lower risk, and create value and cause less harm to society in both urban and rural settings. Following two classroom sessions the class travels to Brazil over a course of thirteen days.
Global Sustainability and the New Entrepreneur:
Global Sustainability explores the underpinnings of today’s global sustainability challenges and how entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to government, NGOs, multinational corporations, small startups and the capital markets to address these challenges.
This course explores the changing demands that a business places on the entrepreneur as it moves from start-up through its phases of growth. This course will help the student integrate prior learning to perform analyses, considering the strategic, financial, operational, marketing and organizational dimensions of managing the venture.
Corporate Responsibility/Business Ethics:
"As we move forward into the twenty-first century, the interest in corporate governance is at an all-time high." (Gillies) The failures associated with fraudulent activity of high profile companies in North America and Europe, the transformation of the world economy into one great market for goods and services, plus the transition in many countries of economies from a command to to a market form have led to calls for development of new and better forms of corporate governance. The lines between politics and markets are changing, affecting industries, organizations, and managerial practice. This seminar will focus on the reformation of corporate governance and its effects on business and nonprofit management practice. Topics will include the role of transparency, new forms of accountability, governance risk, and organizational strategies of response. Course materials will include cases, readings, and discussions with guest speakers.
Clean Technology Business Models:
The clean technology industry is one of the largest sectors of the economy and yet still undergoing significant growth and attracting a plethora of new entrants. It has been characterized by a great deal of experimentation around new technologies and around business models in the face of regulatory and market place disruptions. The course uses a combination of cases, simulation and analytical exercises to review trends and their co-evolution within the clean technology/energy eco-system. It aims to build a skill set around risk and opportunity assessment, and allied implementation challenges.|