Business 5060 Triple Bottom Line Measurement
This course looks at statistical and quantitative measures through the lens of corporate sustainability reporting. Determining what to measure above and beyond financial outcomes is of growing concern. However, corporate reporting on non-financial outcomes is far from standardized. There are a host of frameworks to choose from. We explore the areas of measurement beyond financial including environmental, social and proper governance and how they are integral to telling a more complete story of a company's efforts, impacts and outcomes. Additionally we investigate the principles and frameworks of a host of reporting methodologies from the UN Global Compact to Carbon Disclosure Project, Global Resource Initiative, Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and Integrated Reporting.
BUS 5080 Accounting for Sustainable Organization Management
This course examines the principles of financial and managerial accounting for effective managerial decision-making and assessment of the financial strength of sustainable organizations. Discussions will include the essentials of cost accounting; minimizing the costs and risks posed by operations, developing effective operational planning and capital budgeting processes and managing more effectively a firm's investments.
BUS 5090 Ethical Issues & Legal Environment
This course examines how the legal environment shapes managerial decision-making and the ethical issues that emerge. Topics include the regulatory environment, contracts, business torts, partnership and corporations, anti-trust, environmental law, employment law, and ethical considerations in business from a stakeholder theory perspective.
BUS 5110 Financial Measures of Value Added
This course examines the principles of finance and financial techniques for effective management decision-making in the organization. The focus is understanding, analyzing, and integrating financial information as an aid to making financial decisions. Topics include forecasting; cash and capital budgeting; working capital management; non-profit metrics, and risk management.
BUS 6010 Leadership, Values, and Decision Making
This course explores issues surrounding how and why senior leaders set and deploy organizational values, short and long-term directions, and performance expectations that achieve sustainable organization practices. The focus is on leadership approaches, organizational learning and social and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable MBA
Course Descriptions
BUS 5010 Communication Management
This course provides new graduate students with an introduction to graduate level communication strategies for academic success in a distance learning environment. In addition, this course examines issues and organizations that affect business and nonprofit organizations in the external environment of the organization. Topics include: communication skills; academic rigor; scholarly practices; individual and group presentation techniques; graduate-level research tools; critical thinking strategies and skills; stress and time management; team work dynamics; an introduction to economics, regulatory, political, social and legal elements in the external environment.
BUS 5020 Sustainable Organization Management: A Triple Bottom Line Perspective
This course introduces the concepts of triple bottom line management and corporate social responsibility including the history and how they are changing the role and expectations of business in society. In addition, this course introduces the core management functions of planning, organization, leadership and control and how these functions are applied in sustainable organizations.
BUS 5030 Organizational Behavior in Sustainable Business
This course examines the human element in sustainable organizations. This course will study human behavior at the individual, team and organizational level and examine organizational design from multiple perspectives, paying particular attention to how companies can create systems that support social and environmental responsibility. Topics include human resource management, organizational behavior, managing change, the role of leadership in encouraging organizational innovation and adaptability, and optimizing individual performance and motivation.
BUS 5045 Sustainable Operations and Systems Thinking
This course explores operations management in sustainable organizations and the application of systems thinking in the design and implementation of successful management strategies. Topics include process analysis, supply chain management, quality management, service systems management, and how systems respond to attempts to bring about beneficial changes. Students will also learn about leverage: how small changes in just the right part of a system can produce big results.
BUS 5050 Sustainable Marketing
This course examines the principles and practices of marketing in a sustainable organization and marketing’s role in the creation and management of relationships with customers and other stakeholders. Students learn how to create effective marketing strategies and plans that support the sustainable organization’s mission and goals. Topics include identifying target audiences and needs, developing authentic positioning, and designing products/services, pricing, distribution, promotion and communications for sustainable brands and organizations.
BUS 5070 Stakeholder Economics & Sustainable Performance Management
This course examines principles and tools in economics for managers to use in making decisions in sustainable organizations. The focus is on the application of economics in operating and planning problems using information generally available to the manager. Topics include pricing; market structures; expansions and recessions; monetary policy; and the new economy. New measures of value added that address sustainability and other stakeholder group impacts are examined.
BUS 6020 Competitive and Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach
This course examines classic competitive strategy frameworks and the application of these frameworks as well as emerging strategy for sustainability frameworks in the development and implementation of competitive strategy. The emphasis is on integrating the multiple stakeholder approach into the development and implementation of effective strategy that creates sustainable competitive advantage.
BUS 6090 Capstone Project I
The field application project is a capstone course in which the graduate student evidences the ability to apply GMC MBA learning to an applied project that integrates finance, marketing and other functional disciplines to result in a strategy design and implementation plan that supports sustainable organizational effectiveness. Working with the instructor advisor, the student will develop a research topic, prepare a written report and present the proposed topic to the MBA Capstone Committee. Upon approval of the topic by the Capstone Committee the student will have satisfied the requirements of the BUS 6090 course and be approved to proceed with the research activities necessary to deliver the final project in BUS 6091.
BUS 6091 Capstone Project II
The field application project is a capstone course in which the graduate student evidences the ability to apply GMC MBA learning to an applied project that integrates finance, marketing and other functional disciplines to result in a strategy design and implementation plan that supports sustainable organizational effectiveness. Working with the instructor advisor, the student will conclude the BUS 6090 approved project, prepare a written report and present the findings to the MBA Capstone Committee.