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MBA Immersive Tracks

Full-time MBA Innovating for Sustainability Immersive Tracks Course

Leverage the world-class resources of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Scheller College. Learn how to integrate business principles, science, and technology to build a sustainable and prosperous future. Combine unique courses in technology, supply chain, nonprofits, public policy, power systems, and civil engineering with real-world projects in sustainability from partner companies.

Foundation Course
 Required
MGT 6359
Business Strategies for Sustainability

This course offers a holistic view of the interaction of businesses with the environment. It outlines reasons why businesses would want to care about environmental issues, introduces environmental assessment and management tools, and visits topics from various business functions. A novel feature of the course is innovation tournaments for sustainability.

Practicum Course
 Required
MGT 6369
Sustainable Business Consulting Practicum

Students gain knowledge in three important areas: management consulting, topical sustainability issues, and project management. This course takes students through a crash course in management consulting skills while teams are formed and assigned to sustainability-relevant, business-focused projects for participating companies. Teams scope, plan, execute, and deliver a 12-week consulting project by actively managing the engagement via ongoing interactions with their client liaison.

Electives
 Choose two (2)
MGT 6059
Emerging Technologies

Analyze and make decisions around emerging technologies. Apply techniques for scanning the horizon for emerging technologies. Predict which technologies will be successful and why. Describe environments in which technologies emerge.

MGT 6113
Nonprofit Team Consulting Projects

Teams work on a project developed in consultation with a not-for-profit organization, and present results to organizations and boards.

MGT 6401
Supply Chain Modeling

Matching supply and demand by forecasting and understanding inventory basics. Understand incentive alignment, logistics network design, and capacity management. Gain a deeper understanding of retail supply chains and service supply chains.

MGT 6663
Technology Strategy

Develop a capacity to think strategically about a company's technology decisions related to how much to invest in R&D, how to protect and commercialize innovations, how to improve and sustain a firm's performance through the generation and adoption of technological innovations. Conduct strategic analyses about technology commercialization in a variety of industries and competitive situations, with particular focus on high-tech industries.

MGT 6667
Strategic Entrepreneurship

This course's objective is to hone your skills in using tools and frameworks of strategic analysis to formulate recommendations for entrepreneurial firms. Today's entrepreneurs and managers need to be able to recognize opportunities and cope with challenges created by technological developments, and entrepreneurial activity is particularly important in technology-intensive industries.





Recommended Additional Courses
If students would like to go beyond the four required electives, the following courses are recommended. The instructors teaching these courses have all agreed to waive any major restriction subject to space availability. All MBA students must have prior approval from the MBA Program Office to count any non-MGT courses toward their MBA program of study.

CEE 8813C  Infrastructure, Megacities, and Sustainable Development (3 credit hours)
This course introduces a Sustainable Engineering (SE) paradigm and methods for addressing infrastructure issues in major cities, megacities, and megaregions. Adopting a primarily problem-based learning pedagogy, the course focuses on the application and extension of emerging SE methods for evaluating the sustainability of selected infrastructure systems in urban environments.

CP 6190  Introduction to Climate Change Planning (3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and methods necessary to assume leadership positions in developing the next generation of state, local, corporate, and enterprise climate action plans.

CP 6412/PUBP 6600  Local Economic Development Planning (3 credit hours)
This course includes policy introduction to local economic development planning, examining theory, process and practice, international and regional factors, public and private roles.

ECE 8803  Power System Economics (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to electricity economics, including economic theory, electricity markets, and policy. The behavior of the physical system including the grid, and the market is modeled in detail and simulated through software. Market interactions are simulated through auction and trading exercises. Emphasis is given to current trends: renewable energy, information systems, smart grid, and consumer empowerment as drivers for market architecture.

ISyE/PUBP 6701  Energy Technology and Policy (3 credit hours)
This course examines the policies and technologies affecting the production and use of energy, focusing in particular on innovative and sustainable energy options. The course provides a fundamental understanding of energy systems, including historical trends of supply and demand, resources and technologies, and related economic, global climate change, and security issues. Policies and technology associated with different energy systems will be examined including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, ethanol, and other alternative transportation fuels; smart buildings and advanced lighting; industrial ecology approaches; solar and wind systems; and the next generation of nuclear energy.

PUBP 6314  Policy Tools for Environmental Management (3 credit hours)
Policy Tools for Environmental Management constructs a general framework for analyzing environmental issues, and develops concepts and techniques for managing environmental systems, within the context of environmental planning and policy.

PUBP 6330  Environmental Law (3 credit hours)
Environmental law is a relatively young specialty in the practice of law. Although the principal focus of environmental law in the past has been the laws passed by Congress that regulate how we pollute and manage the natural world, our actions are also governed by detailed environmental regulations promulgated by agencies delegated the implementation of federal legislation, by state and local laws and regulations, and by principles of common law generally applicable to our conduct which take on special meaning and significance in the environmental arena. This class will examine the various ways in which the law attempts to engage these issues, either through common law, public regulation, or judicial determination. But we will not stop there. Through study and discussion of current enviro-political issues, we will explore the philosophical, ethical, and political underpinnings of environmental law, and ways to improve how environmental law is created and implemented.

PUBP 8803  Negotiating Sustainability (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to electricity economics, including economic theory, electricity markets, and policy. The behavior of the physical system including the grid, and the market is modeled in detail and simulated through software. Market interactions are simulated through auction and trading exercises. Emphasis is given to current trends: renewable energy, information systems, smart grid, and consumer empowerment as drivers for market architecture.



MBA immersive tracks and concentrations are optional. Students have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas. There is also a concentration in strategic sustainability.