MODULES AND COURSES: The program is structured in 4 modules of 8 weeks each. Each module is made of a series of short, intense courses. e number of courses per module varies. e students in each cohort learn and grow together as a cohesive group, taking the same courses at the same time, and forming lifelong professional and personal relationships. Every course addresses issues of sustainability. Business cases are shared across courses and these business cases focus on how certain corporations are building a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable economy. The curriculum will discuss in depth how the global challenges associated with sustainability, when viewed through a business lens, can help identify managerial strategies and practices to achieve sustainable economic growth while simultaneously driving shareholder value.
PRACTICUM: Experience-based learning is a central component of the SEMBA curriculum. The summer practicums or externships are designed to bring benefi¬ts to an organization. Students will work in teams to bring real value to an existing ¬firm or develop a business plan for a new venture focusing on sustainability. Student teams will be working for ¬firms recognized for their sustainable brands and practices.
Why Hire a SEMBA Student
Traditional MBA Programs focus on training people for “executional” jobs in established firms—jobs in marketing, finance, and operations, for example. The SEMBA team endeavors to create change agents rather than implementers. SEMBA focuses on four primary domains for placing our graduates:
- Intrapreneurs: Growing numbers of existing businesses and corporations have reached maturity or have even begun to decline. Many base businesses are built on yesterday’s unsustainable thinking and technology. Many more fail to reach the majority of humanity in the emerging and growth markets in the developing world. SEMBA builds the business skills to both incubate new, disruptive or leapfrog businesses within existing corporations, and to help lead the process of corporate transformation for those companies seeking to fundamentally transform themselves to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
- Consultants: Increasingly, the world of consulting is turning its attention to innovation, disruption, and corporate transformation rather than simply the continuous improvement of existing businesses and strategies. Our graduates are well suited to the emerging consulting practices focused on sustainability-driven innovation.
- Entrepreneurs: We target new ventures and start-ups that focus on tomorrow’s environmentally sustainable technology and socially inclusive business models. Our graduates are perfectly suited to help imagine, craft, and build such ventures. Some may—and already have—started their own.
- Investors: Increasingly, the world of finance is turning its attention to “impact,” “social,” and “sustainable” investing. SEMBA develops graduates who are well suited to understanding how to invest in and build new ventures that generate triple bottom line returns—socially, environmentally, and financially.