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Gain a deeper understanding of business-relevant trends and innovation opportunities related to resource scarcity, environmental concerns, societal needs, emerging technologies, and policy developments.

Strategic Sustainability Electives & Concentration

Students interested in sustainability but not seeking to complete the concentration may still choose to take any of the electives listed below. The flexibility of the concentration in Strategic Sustainability supports those seeking to strengthen traditional career paths as well as those wanting to dive deeper and explore careers focused on particular sustainability-related areas.

Students pursuing a concentration in Strategic Sustainability should complete the required courses (three credit hours each) plus one additional course (for nine total credit hours) from the electives listed below.


Required courses:

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.

MGT 8803    Sustainable Business Consulting Practicum
Students gain knowledge in three important areas: management consulting, sustainability, and project management. This course takes students through a crash course in management consulting skills and also provides an understanding of important sustainability frameworks and approaches. Students then form teams and scope, plan, execute, and deliver a 12-week consulting project for participating companies.

One additional course from below.

MGT 6059    Analysis of 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 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/ISyE 6772    Managing Resources of the Technological Firm
Analysis of the challenges associated with managing a firm's resources (technology, work force, materials, information, processes, knowledge). Learn how to plan under conditions including rapid technological innovation, international competition, and changing markets. Specific topics include positioning strategies, innovation and diffusion, technology strategy, knowledge transfer, performance measurement, process management, and implementation of new technology.


The following courses are project-based. The project you select must be approved by the instructor of the course and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business as meeting the course requirements and sufficient sustainability content, respectively. If you have questions about this process, contact the Center.

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 6326    Collaborative Product Development
Introduces tools and concepts linking development to strategy, and for managing the development process for speed, efficiency, and market impact.

MGT 6352    International Practicum
Sharpen your managerial skills in addressing a practical international and operational business problem. Work on a real-world problem with a cross-border dimension. Select a client-sponsored project, define the problem, work with the client, and present findings. Expand your knowledge of a specific regional economy and business culture.

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 8803    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.


Non-Scheller courses:
The professors of these non-Scheller classes have agreed to waive any major restriction subject to space availability. All MBA students must have prior approval from the Scheller Graduate Office to count any non-MGT courses toward your MBA program of study.

CP 6190    Introduction to Climate Change Planning
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 and Policy
This course includes policy introduction to local economic development planning, examining theory, process and practice, international and regional factors, public and private roles.

CEE 8813C    Infrastructure, Megacities, and Sustainable Development
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.

ISyE/PUBP 6701    Energy Technology and Policy
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.

ECE 8803    Power System Economics
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.

PUBP 6314    Policy Tools – Environmental Management
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
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: Deconstructing power, privilege and ownership
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.

Concentrations are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas. Learn more.