Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

mba prospective students

  • This course sensitizes students to the broad range of environmental issues affecting business and society today. It examines how society’s increasing concern for the natural environment is having a major impact on business firms as well as how business is affecting the environment. Theoretical frameworks and case studies are used. A strategic approach is emphasized.

  • Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology used to quantify the environmentally relevant inputs and outputs and associated environmental impacts of a product system over its entire life cycle from “cradle to grave.” LCA is used in private industry, government, non-profits, and academic research to measure environmental impacts of products, compare competing products, inform product design and material sourcing decisions, reduce impact “hotspots” in the supply chain, and communicate environmental benefits to stakeholders. LCA is standardized under the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14044 standard.

    This course will provide students with in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of LCA, practical knowledge on how to perform ISO-compliant LCAs using state-of-the-art software GaBi 5.0, best-practices for interpreting and presenting LCA results, and an exploration of current issues and open questions in LCA research and practice. Students will be able to directly apply this knowledge as an LCA practitioner in private industry or government.

  • This course is an introduction to the field of social entrepreneurship - the process of using an entrepreneurial mindset and business skills to create innovative approaches to addressing societal problems. Various concepts and examples of social entrepreneurship (both not-for-profit and for-profit models) are examined through theoretical discussion and case studies. Students will explore their own solutions to a social problem of their choice.

  • Effective business leadership requires a commitment to personal leadership development and formation in order to fully realize one’s personal goals and maximize the value of the organization and the contribution it makes to stakeholders and society at large. This approach defines valuation in its broadest sense and links one’s development as a principle-based leader to how an organization identifies and implements core values within the enterprise.

  • This course introduces students to the two dominant philosophical traditions used in analyzing ethical issues in business: 1) evaluating the amount and type of benefits and/or harm that will result from an action, and 2) evaluating the intrinsic character of an action. After getting comfortable with the basic theory, students apply these approaches to numerous ethical dilemmas in business. In this respect, the course is about learning a new way of evaluating problems and making decisions. This course also discusses: the issue of the relationship between the moral character of our actions and the health of the human personality, and the claim that men and women may perceive and resolve ethical dilemmas differently.