The growing awareness of environmental, social and financial crises have highlighted the need for a more integrative way to understand management's tasks, responsibilities and practices. In response, businesses and organizations of all kinds are coming to realize the need to develop sustainable strategies for responsibly managing their human, social, financial and natural resources (capital). In addition, organizations are responding to growing market demand for sustainable products and services.
Therefore, beyond pursuing material and energy efficiencies, emerging leaders are finding that the global challenges of the 21st century call for potentially radical innovation that puts sustainability as a fundamental, integrative strategy. This kind of innovation requires leaders to re-examine and test virtually every phase of their organization: from processes, practices and partnerships to basic models, mission, vision, purpose and values.
The Master of Science in Sustainable Management will prepare students to successfully respond to today's challenges by developing new skills and approaches. Students will have the opportunity to do the following:
- Employ an orienting method for assessing, challenging and re-framing the traditional practices of management through the lens of sustainability to better understand the impact organizations have on the social and ecological environment. Students will learn how to challenge their own assumptions and see their thinking as an arc of pragmatic inquiry.
- Demonstrate the capacity for systems-thinking as a perspective for interdisciplinary analysis and decision-making to develop organizational strategies. Students will learn how to take multiple stakeholder perspectives when addressing complex systems and complex problems.
- Demonstrate the capacity to analyze the way societies and organizations use and value the natural, financial, social and human resources (capital) required to deliver the needed goods and services. Students will learn how to analyze the values and assumptions at work in any business enterprise.
- Develop the technical competence to account for, connect, and measure the economic, social and environmental impacts of organizational decisions.