Classroom-based learning is critical and The Sustainable Innovation MBA curriculum is unique in its design and focus. However, real world exposure and experience are also crucial to the development of the personal perspective and skills needed to be an effective sustainable entrepreneur. Accordingly, The Sustainable Innovation MBA integrates several elements that provide practical, hands-on experience and connections.

2018-2019 Course Descriptions

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. The number of courses per module varies. The students in each cohort learn and grow together as a cohesive group, and forming life long 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.

Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Track

The financial sector is being reshaped by the ascendance of passive investing, regulatory reform and technological innovation.  These forces are reducing opportunities in many of the traditional career paths for recent graduates with an interest in investment analysis and portfolio management.  At the same time, Environment-Social-Governance (ESG) and Impact investing is gaining traction as financial institutions and wealth managers are responding to growing demand for investment vehicles with positive societal impact.  While the major financial and investment companies are developing their capabilities to offer investments and portfolio strategies consistent with attaining both financial and societal goals, the number of practitioners with a deep understanding of both the finance and the sustainability/Impact criteria is limited.  The Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing (SFII) track will address this need by producing graduates prepared to create and manage investments and portfolios that satisfy both financial and societal objectives.

The SFII is designed for those with expertise in finance who wish to gain expertise in ESG-Impact Investing while earning The Sustainable Innovation MBA. Applicants to this track are expected to first meet the admission requirements to The Sustainable Innovation MBA program and should have expertise in finance gained through an MS degree in finance, the completion (or near completion) of the CFA process, or significant professional experience.

The Sustainable Innovation MBA Curriculum

Summer Preparation (self-paced, online)
Financial Accounting for Sustainable Enterprises

MODULE 1: Foundations of Management
World Challenges: Physical and Social Realities - Business Strategy for a Sustainable World Finance for Innovators - Sustainable Brand Marketing - Teamwork and Collaboration for Sustained Innovation - Business Economics - Entrepreneurial Leadership and Mindset - Leadership Seminar

MODULE 2: Building A Sustainable Enterprise
Business Sustainability and Public Policy - Crafting the Entrepreneurial Business Model - Marketing Decision Making Under Uncertainty - Organizing for Sustainable Transformation - Finance for Innovators - Cost Models for the Transformational Enterprise - Leadership Seminar

PRACTICUM Planning
Initial Framing, List of Projects Ideas/Opportunities

MODULE 3: Growing A Sustainable Enterprise
Managing and Leading for Sustainable Innovation - Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains - Business, Communities, and Sustainability - Law as a Framework for Entrepreneurial Business - Sustainable Toolkit I - Financing a Sustainable Venture - Leadership Seminar

MODULE 4: Focusing on Sustainability
Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship - Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid - Entrepreneurial Family Business - Regulatory Issues for the Entrepreneur - Sustainable Energy Technology and Policy - Systems Tools for Sustainability - Sustainable Toolkit II - Service Operations & Sustainability - Leadership Seminar

PRACTICUM: Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Action
Practicum Pitch, Summer Project, & Final Report and Presentation to Corporate Sponsor

Past Sustainable Innovators in Residence have included:

Sustainable Innovation MBA brings leading-edge practitioners-both executive change agents in companies, and start-up entrepreneurs-- to campus to share their personal experience and perspective with the Sustainable Innovation MBA students. Attendance is a requirement for all students and the sessions are only open to Sustainable Innovation MBA students and faculty. This provides you with unparalleled networking opportunities through direct and personal contact with leading practitioners. Past Sustainable Entrepreneurs in Residence have included:

  • Jostein Solheim, CEO, Ben & Jerry's
  • David Blittersdorf, Founder, AllEarth Renewables\
  • Valeria Budinich, Ashoka
  • Iqbal Quadir, Founder, Grameen Phone
  • Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power
  • Brian Kelly, CEO, Keurig Green Mountain
  • Matt Arnold, Head of Sustainable Finance, JP Morgan Chase
  • Yao Huang, Founder, The Hatchery
  • Richard Stammer, CEO, Cabot
  • Justin Bakule, Director, Shared Value Initiative, FSG
  • Erin Meezan, CSO, Interface