The MBA and Sustainability

What is a "green" MBA?

Traditional MBA degrees focus heavily on financial results – the traditional bottom line.

Today, with a growing awareness of the “triple bottom line” and sustainability thinking, MBA programs are incorporating social and environmental management into their curriculums. Most MBA programs at least offer electives that touch on sustainability. Some other schools specialize in curriculums in which every course is imbued with sustainability as a core component.

Regardless of the focus of your school, this page should offer a deeper dive on issues of sustainability that are specifically relevant to the MBA student, or prospective MBA student.

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Shared Value: Double the Value?

While the debate about Porter and Kramer's creating shared value (CSV) concept has lately taken a more critical view, two aspects of the…
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MBA Students Promote Sustainability Through University Procurement

A partnership forged by the Penn State Smeal MBA program and university procurement services serves as an educational model that allows students to…
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Women and B School

Female students and graduates of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute counter The New York Times article discouraging women from going to business school.
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The Well-Rounded, Green MBA

What are the lessons our future leaders need to experience before they take the helm of the world’s most impactful organizations? In addition…
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New MBA Series: How Today’s Students Become Tomorrow’s Sustainable Leaders

We're launching a new series to explore the pedagogy of sustainability for business students.
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The Future of the BoP Domain: Where is our Missing Community?

The base of the pyramid field is ready for the next major step forward. There have been successful enterprise developments that are playing…
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World’s Biggest Challenge: ‘Ignorance in the Face of Change’ – Paul Hawken

"The magic of the school is the faculty/student combination; the school attracts extraordinary people who want to create a meaningful life. To be…
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Video Interview: Meghan Ryan, Student, Bard MBA in Sustainability

Nick Aster talks with Meghan Ryan, a student at Bard's MBA in Sustainability, about Bard's new consulting class called NYC Lab. It's a…
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Video Interview: Kevin Hagen, Alum, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Nick Aster talks to Kevin Hagen, an alum of Bainbridge Graduate Institue about how his education at BGI helped him go on to…
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Sustainable Careers: The World Needs You Now

It is not too late to start researching programs for next fall. Most graduate schools will consider applications for qualified candidates into late…
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10 Things to Consider When Searching for a Green MBA Program

10 action items, or things, to consider when beginning the search for the ultimate MBA program for you. We hope you find them…
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Deloitte Shows the Market Value of Strong ESG Management

If sustainability is so great for companies why we don’t see more investors paying attention to it? Is it that the business case…
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Brand Reputation Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

Do sustainability and CSR actually impact companies’ reputation? While it does seem logical and there is no shortage of anecdotal evidence to support…
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How to Set Organizational Values and Guiding Principles

Here’s a look at some of the strategic questions that will help you to build your team, bring in investment, and ensure that…
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Clif Bar Energizes Bard College MBA Program in Sustainability

Here’s a tasty, healthy and sustainable combination for serious students of sustainability: the Clif Bar Family Foundation has invested $100,000 in Bard College’s…