MSFS-581 Business & Sustainability: Re-envisioning the Corporation
Fall for 2017-2018
Hentges, Harriet
The problems facing the world today are many and increasingly complex and no one sector or player can address or mitigate them. This has put a spotlight on the impact, both positive and negative, that business has on environmental and social challenges. It has spurred intense scrutiny on the role, nature and expectations of business in the 21st Century. A growing population and the demands of a growing middle class raise the specter of resource constraints that can potentially pose a threat to our present quality of life and those of future generations. This has resulted in increased demands on corporations from employees, civil society, and governments to minimize the negative effects of business and to press it to use its strengths to positively impact the challenges on society, the environment, and the economy. It is clear that companies cannot succeed using the business logic of the last century.
The class will explore the macro-trends driving global industry to change, the elements of that change and the response of business through the adoption of Corporate Responsibility (CR)/Sustainability strategies.
The course is relevant to multiple MSFS concentrations: Global Politics and Security, Global Business and Finance, and International Development. Regardless of the sector in which a student will choose to work, it will be important to understand, evaluate and articulate the fundamentals of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
The course will cover:
• The macro-trends driving global business to change
• The fundamentals and evolution of and the business case for CR and Sustainability strategies
• Cases and best practices that demonstrate the variety of approaches, criteria, value and results of CR and Sustainability and will discuss the and the skills necessary to function in or have an impact on this field.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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