Course Requirements​

MGT 798

SPECIAL TOPICS

Content and format of this course are variable. An in-depth study of current issues in management.

FIN 798

SPECIAL TOPICS

Content and format of this course are variable. In-depth study of current issues in finance. Subject matter will be indicated in class schedule. Offered variably.

ENV 506

EARTH RESOURCES AND HUMAN SOCIETY

This course will provide an overview of the relationship between the growing human population worldwide, the natural resources required to sustain this population, and the consequences of resource exploitation for managing environmental quality. We will integrate the ecological, economic, and policy factors involved in natural resource management. For graduate students in sustainable management.

CMNS 529

TOPICS IN ORGANIZATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION

The current historical moment increasingly defines itself through (for, against, and in multiple relations to) globalization. This course surveys interdisciplinary theories, discourses and practices of globalization with an emphasis on communication and culture. Through reading, writing, and attending to contemporary and historical moments of globalization we consider its productive force in its transnational relations and dynamics, relations of power and uneven flows, as well as resistances and collaborative imaginaries of social justice and sustainable practices.

MGT 595

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

This course explores principles and applications of social value generation in entrepreneurial contexts. Participants will learn how agile, growing ventures are launched and managed to generate value that transcends commercial and social frontiers. The course material emphasizes concepts from traditional entrepreneurship in the context of the broader social sector environment. Diverse contributions from graduate students in the College of Commerce as well as the School of Public Service ensure deep exploration of the social venture realm. The course experience is enriched by team-based consulting to several actual Chicago social entrepreneurial ventures as a practical complement to classroom activities.

ECO 798

SPECIAL TOPICS

Content and format of this course are variable. An in-depth study of current issues in economics. Subject matter will be indicated in class schedule.

MGT 515

SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

This course discusses and analyzes the concept of sustainability within a business and management setting. It will analyze the complex relationship between business and the environment and it will explore the nature of business in today?s global context where addressing environmental and social issues is becoming increasingly important. Furthermore, it aims to discuss how the talents of business might be used to solve world's environmental and social problems. Rather than focusing on a 'doom and gloom' approach, the course aims to emphasize the solutions towards a sustainable economy.

FIN 559

SUSTAINABLE VALUE CREATION

This course is designed to introduce the concept of sustainability to the process of value creation. The role of financial management has traditionally been defined as one of value maximization. A complex set of questions arises, however, as to whether such maximization is to be undertaken 'unconstrained' and from the perspective of the shareholders alone. For example, should the interests of others, including those of the customers, employees, society at large, the government, the environment, be regarded as constraints to such an endeavor? Some of the recent contributions to the field suggest that most assumptions of the traditionalists (those arguing that the only purpose of the firm is to serve the shareholders and maximize their wealth) do not hold in 'the real world.' Therefore, they conclude that it is necessary that all relevant interests be recognized and taken into account. However, the unanswered question is: 'how does one do this'? This course is designed to pave the way toward the answers to this question. Our goal therefore, is to develop the theoretical relationship that exists between finance and sustainability, and to explore the practical issues associated with its implementation. In plain language, we will learn how to make a business case for making investments in sustainable and socially responsible projects. More ambitiously, our objective will be to develop a framework for the evaluation of all long-term benefits and costs associated with a project.

GSB 595

DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES: PRACTICUM

This course is designed to integrate the concept of strategy development into the larger ecological economic context of serving market/society needs in a finite world. The goal of strategy in organizations has traditionally been defined as one of value maximization, from the shareholder perspective exclusively. But the role of strategy is to guide organizations in competitively defining and meeting market/society's needs. Sustainable strategies take into account multiple perspectives by engaging in practices - principally systems thinking - to pursue opportunities in meeting market/society's needs that are economically viable, socially just, and operate responsibility within the constraints of a finite ecology. Students will demonstrate the literacies required to develop sustainable strategies that take into account all facets of the business venture (marketing, finance, management, design, production and distribution/life cycle analysis.) One key question will shape the trajectory of the course: 'How does one develop a competitive sustainable strategy to serve some market/society need?' Therefore, the focus of this course is for the student to select a need, determine the sustainable economic system to develop and deliver the product/service, and write and present the 'business case.' The student will also articulate the values and vision - personally and organizationally - driving the strategy.