Designing a Sustainable Business Program

December 13, 2019

By Robert Wagenseil

Business sustainability is essential to the long-term prosperity of global companies. There is agreement that businesses schools should be offering more research and teaching for students that focus on sustainability, ethics and social purpose. More students aim to make a positive impact in the world and are seeking careers that share these values.

Business schools are changing their positioning and services against this new role of business and society. Examples abound of business schools embracing this new and wider role actively. During a webinar hosted by the Global Business School Network (GBSN), two distinguished Miami Herbert faculty members explore the design of the University of Miami Herbert Business School’s Sustainable Business program.

Dr. David Kelly, director of the program, discusses the development of the STEM-Designated Sustainable Business curriculum at Miami Herbert Business School, as well as other initiatives taking place at the School including developing a Board of Advisors, hosting speakers, gaining LEED certification and more. Daniel Hicks designed and now oversees the sustainable business program’s core Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course. The MAP places students with sponsoring enterprises throughout the world to address pressing organizational challenges. Students work in teams with guidance from client leaders and faculty advisors to develop actionable and valuable recommendations for client sponsors. During the 2019-2020 program, the MAP is a circular economy initiative with client/sponsor Office Depot in Boca Raton, Florida.

For more information about the 10-month MS in Sustainable Business program at Miami Herbert Business School, click here

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