Sustainability thinking intends to make human economic systems last longer and have less impact on ecological systems, and particularly relates to concerns over major global problems such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, population growth, and water and energy supply shortage. Sustainability is rapidly becoming a strategic issue for companies in all sectors.

INBA 4898/MGMT 4698/ENTR 4398 (3 credits) takes a close look at what is happening in business strategy today through the ‘lens’ of sustainability. We will explore corporate sustainability challenges and opportunities in a global context and with a particular emphasis on East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and China.

Course Overview

20 hours of instruction taught at LMU scheduled during spring semester. 

  • One week educational trip to Seoul, Korea 
  • One week educational trip to Tokyo, Japan

Includes guest lectures in each country, corporate visits and cultural excursions

  • Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.00 or higher may register for Global Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects in East Asia for the spring semester. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

    The instruction at LMU will include 20 hours of lecture over four Saturdays during the spring semester. Students then go to Seoul, Korea for cultural experiences, corporate visits and lectures. Students then travel to Tokyo, Japan for a new cultural experience, additional corporate visits and lectures.

    *Consent of Assistant Director is required prior to registration. Students must complete a Study Abroad application and pay a nonrefundable deposit online toward the travel fee. The remaining travel fee will be applied to the student account upon registering. 

    • Passport (additional expense)
    • International students may need visas
    • International Health Insurance (additional expense if not included in student's insurance plan)
  • Note: By registering for the course in the spring semester and maintaining full-time status, no additional tuition will be charged. In addition, if LMU GPA requirements are met, student may apply for unit overload. Graduating students will need to apply for August graduation but are eligible to walk in May commencement.

    Seoul, Korea: includes double occupancy, transportation, cultural site fees, lecture fees, breakfast, and a welcome meal.

    Tokyo, Japan: includes double occupancy, transportation, cultural site fees, lecture fees, breakfast, and a welcome and farewell meal.

    Program travel fee: TBD

  • The Center for Asian Business is pleased to announce scholarships for the Exploring Asian Culture and Global Sustainability courses, which includes travel to Asia. We invite all students who plan to enroll in one of the two courses to formally apply.

    In their applications, students will write an essay (500-600 words) describing why they would like to take the course and what they hope to learn. In addition, applicants should address how this course and scholarship will help their future career goals. Finally, applicants should describe their financial need. Students should attach their essay, resume and unofficial transcripts to this application.

    Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the student’s qualifications, including the essay, financial need, GPA.

    Successful recipients will receive reimbursement for half of the program fee.

    Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete all course requirements, including the study abroad component of the course. Recipients will also be asked to help promote the program in the following year.

  • "The class exceeded all of my expectations. It was amazing to explore these different countries while learning about how they help the world. I recommend going on this trip to anyone so they can have the experience of a lifetime." - Kyle Ravelo

    "Taking this course truly opened my eyes to a whole new world." - Victoria Arevalo

    "I had a great experience getting to learn about two different cultures, saw incredible technology at our company tours, and had free time to explore the cities on our own." - Leah Sullivan

    "The most memorable experience I've had during my time at LMU. A once in a lifetime experience that you won't regret." - Gavin Toy

    "To anyone interested in learning about not only the business markets and economies of Asia but also their different cultures and societies, then this program will definitely help you learn and experience just that. As someone who has visited Korea and Japan before, I learned even more about these two countries through this program. To learn about the importance of CSR and sustainability in businesses in this program was valuable knowledge and experiences that I will take with me in my career." - Marissa Yonamine

    "I was not expecting to get the experience I did out of it. There is a lot planned, but you are also allowed lot of free time- make the most out of that free time. You are going to get out what you put in. So are you going to go along with the program during the day and want to call it a night early, or for just two weeks push yourself to experience every last thing you could? That was the best two weeks of my life, and the camaraderie you are able to build with the other students on the trip is unparalleled. Go to Asia!"

    "This experience was probably one of the most influential and exciting of my entire life. I created so many fun memories and made a ton of new friends that will last a lifetime." - Riley Brewer

    "A life changing two weeks!" - Gunnar Hamina


Marki Jones, Ed.D., Assistant Director
Center for Asian Business