sustainability management courses

Management Courses


Part A:
Courses on Sustainability and Environmental Issues

Creating Business Sustainability

Part B: Courses with Some Content that Relates to Sustainability

Accounting Control Systems
Strategic Information Systems and Design
Organization Development, Transformation & Change
Global Organization Development and Change
Organizational Development and Macro Change Theory
Leadership: Effective Skill Development
Leading Organizational Change
eBusiness Strategies, Architecture and Design
Business Issues and Practices
Introduction to Business Law
International Business
Strategic Management
Business Applications of Statistical Analysis 
Leading Change and Capacity Building Non-Profits 
Ethics and Business in Society
Perspectives in International Business
Strategic Management (capstone)
Strategic Non-Profit Management
Comprehensive Fund Development for Non-Profit
Information Systems and The Enterprise
Analysis and Design of Complex Systems
Virtual Work Environments
Information Technology Leadership and Management
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Global Marketing
Marketing Management
Operations Management (OPM3113)
Operations Management (OPM 6033)

 


Creating Business Sustainability

Course Number: GLM 6343
Course Utility: This course is one of four elective courses comprising the "Global Technology and Innovation" track for the MBA International program.

Course Description: Businesses struggle with keeping products and services current and staying ahead of changing global market demands. This course focuses on applying the concepts of sustainable value to create business sustainability through investment strategies, market insight, and operational excellence. Students will gain an understanding of how sustainable development and sustainability principles are used as drivers for innovation, collaboration, and transformation. Environmentally-friendly, socially-driven, and capitalism-restricting agendas, and sustainability principles will be discussed as they relate to business sustainability. This course sets the landscape of sustainability for creating long-term competitive advantage and growth.

Course Outline: This course sets the landscape of what sustainability must include in business terms to provide a competitive advantage and enable growth. Students will learn the common pitfalls for entropy of offerings such as slowness to market, inability to respond to market demands, under-investment in innovation, inattention to environmental and social issues, poor succession planning, and many more. Students will explore successful sustainable business strategies and the management processes needed to support them.

Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are:
1. Define sustainability, sustainability leadership, business sustainability, and the sustainable enterprise as it relates to stakeholder value that requires performance on multiple dimensions.
2. Apply sustainability values using a variety of frameworks for engaging in meaningful business sustainability practices.
3. Discuss how any product or service can be sustainable, regardless of its costs, materials, or regulations if attention is paid to fundamental business feasibility and acceleration.
4. Select leadership actions that support the natural rhythms of change when engaging with others in continuous process of social change.
5. Demonstrate ability to work effectively with relational power dynamics, strategic partnerships, and risk-taking.

Possible Text and Readings:
Dresner, S. (2007).  The Principles of Sustainability, London: Earthscan.

Epstein, M. (2008).  Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact, San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Galea, C. (2007).  Teaching Business Sustainability:  Cases, Simulations, and Experiential Approaches, Stanford, CA: Greenleaf Publishing.

Laszlo, C. (2008).  Sustainable Value:  How the World's Leading Companies are Doing Well, Stanford, CA: Greenleaf Publishing.

Selected Articles:
Ferguson, G. (May 2003).  On the Edge:  Vanishing Point - The Search for Sustainable Competitive Advantage, Outlook Journal.

Salz, P.A. (2005).  Sustainable Success is Based on Three Key Building Blocks:  Sharply Defined Strategies are Vital, Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2005.

Stuart L.H. and Milstein, M.B. (2003).  Creating Sustainable Value for Business Enterprises, Academy of Management Executive, V17, N2, p. 56-69.

Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development: From Environmental Emissions to Profit and Sustainability (1994-Present).

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Accounting Control Systems

Course Number: ACC 6013
 
Course Description: This course focuses on the design, implementation, and use of managerial planning and control systems to achieve a firm's strategies. Case studies emphasize the role of accounting information in the decision making process.  Topics include:  the nature and design of control systems, responsibility and profit centers, financial performance measures, planning and budgeting systems, transfer pricing, management compensation, and the role of directors, controllers, and auditors in the control process.  The use of control systems for global, service, and non-profit firms is integrated throughout the course.

Sustainability Content:  Students learn life cycle costing (LCC) through case analysis.   The objective of performing a LCC analysis should be to choose the most cost-effective approach for using available resources over the entire lifespan of a product or system (http://lifecyclecost.net/).  Students learn about life cycle assessment (LCA, also known as life cycle analysis, ecobalance, and cradle-to-grave analysis) that is the investigation and valuation of the environmental impacts of a given product or service caused or necessitated by its existence.  These concepts go hand in hand - in assessing environmental impact and its cost and ROI.

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Strategic Information Systems and Design

Course Number: DBA8063

Course Definition: This course is designed to enable leaders to anticipate and evaluate the political, economic and social impact of technology in an organization. Students examine the strategic relationship of information technology and systems to the organization. The role of technology is then examined within the organization's environment to determine its core and distinctive competencies to sustain a competitive advantage. Topics on management of innovation, technology and knowledge transfers between nation-states, and intellectual properties in a digital-global world are covered.

Sustainability Content: Topics include the concepts of technology life cycles, technology adoption patterns, disruptive technologies, balanced scorecards, technology governance, and innovation management. At the technology level, we address issues of virtual computing and cloud computing in MIS8033, both of which contribute to reducing carbon footprints.

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Organization Development, Transformation and Change

Course Number: DBA8073

Course Description: Organizations and their surrounding environments are constantly changing. It is important for business leaders to understand the nature of the various changes and their own responses to it. This course provides the conceptual frameworks and tools to lead and orchestrate organizational change. Several leading theories and models used in management of organizational change are presented. Students will explore case studies associated with organizational change, including methods of discovery, envisioning change, and various design process and implementation issues. Students will complete a self-assessment on his/her change leadership capabilities to facilitate a change initiative with their organization and develop a change management system to lead a team, division or organization from action to impact.

Sustainability Content: Students are introduced to a number of readings and research agendas in sustainability such as systemic sustainability and appreciative inquiry and how these approaches and models help global organization like the United Nations in partnership with 1200 organizations (business, government, and civil society) create and implement policies and strategies that focus on the triple bottom line - people, planets, and profits. Students read the latest book on Sustainable Value and examine what does sustainability mean to the field of OD and change? And, how can you take the sustainability concept from a value to an innovation or part of your business model? Several case studies are reviewed of the early adopters of sustainability that applied it as a business strategy to derive economic value to its shareholders and also achievement of social and environmental outcomes.

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Global Organization Development and Change

Course Number: GLM6033

Course Description: This course integrates the theory and practice of global organization development using transitional and transformational leadership models for negotiating change. Values, vision, communication, and coalition building are explored to build the structure needed to overcome organizational inertia and open the way to orchestrate change in complex global organizations. Cultural factors affecting group and individual incentives and moral values are considered and integrated into the design and implementation of plans for strategic change.

Sustainability Content: Students explore how to incorporate the values of sustainability into the cultural assumptions of the organization as an intentional and incremental change process or disruptive transformational change. Students are introduced to the Systemic Sustainability TM Framework as a way of embracing sustainability and integrating it into the conversations, strategies and actions of the organization.

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Organizational Development and Macro Change Theory

Course Number: HRM3043

Course Description: This course will introduce the student to methods, theories, and practices of organizational development and change with a focus on addressing organizational ineffectiveness and strategies to maximize the health (managerial, fiscal, operational, and structural/organizational) of the organization. Theories, design, structure, systems, process, continuity, and the behavior of organizations as part of the larger society are studied from a macro perspective.  In addition, theories, methods, and practices of organizational change and development are introduced as means of addressing organizational ineffectiveness and maximization of organizational health.

Sustainability Content: The question of how an organization's behavior affects the larger society inherently involves issues of sustainability. An examination of the macro environment includes how the organization's present behavior affects not only the greater society in the present, but also the organization's future abilities to meet the needs of society and the marketplace.

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Leadership: Effective Skill Development

Course Number: HRM3053

Course Description: This course is designed emphasize the meaning, importance, and nature of leadership.  In this course, we will identify the attributes associated with effective leadership and how these attributes can be applied in everyday situations.  We will also explore why everyone has the potential to be a leader, and how to tap into the leader within.  Woven through the course are themes of social responsibility, leadership and ethics. 

Sustainability Content:  Students receive exposure to the need for leaders to understand the implications of present-day organizational and managerial decisions on the future of the organization and its surrounding environment.

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Leading Organizational Change

Course Number: HRM6033
 
Course Description: Dealing with change is part of every individual's job in an organization today.  Given this factor, individuals must have the capacity to manage and lead a division or organization's change agenda.  This course provides the conceptual framework and tools to help individuals deal with organizational change.  It also examines both social and organizational change that provides the foundation to lead a change initiative.  Strategies and tactics used in organization development and behavior are presented.  Students will learn an OD process called appreciative inquiry to learn how to embrace any change agenda.

Sustainability Content: This course looks at the human element of sustainability to look at these organizations that are value led and mission and vision driven to succeed if they take a holistic approach to social, economic, and environmental issues. 

Various tools for learning and personal change as support for personal and organizational capacity building are utilized including: identification of personal values; self-reflection in order to develop a personal vision and mission; a strategic hunt to locate one's organization's values, vision, and mission;; use of instruments for identification of leadership style, level of emotional intelligence regarding change; use of the Internet to enhance these tools; a learning library; the Change Leadership Self-Assessment (self as leader) and the Change Initiative Proposal (a proposal for change in one's organization and students address sustainability concepts) and 'learning reports' written to both 1) cause deeper thinking and reflection about the basic topics of the course and 2) serve as accountability for learning.  Case studies (both written and video), theory discussion, and models are used as well.

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eBusiness Strategies, Architecture and Design

Course Number: INT3603

Course Description: This course examines the linkage of organizational strategy and electronic methods of delivering products, services, and exchanges in inter-organizational, national, and global environments. Information technology strategy and technological solutions for enabling effective business processes within and between organizations in a global environment are considered.

Sustainability Content: A variety of factors drive firms to engage in e-business. Sustainability is one such factor. This course touches on the impact of e-business on society - reduced burden of transportation on the environment, increased global communication, etc. Students work on a group project in which each group discusses a hypothetical firm planning to move at least some operations into the online environment. Each group must identify the business objectives, personnel plan, and a contingency/continuity plan, among other elements.

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Business Issues and Practices

Course Number: MGT1212

Course Description: Introduction to the field of business and management through examination of business principles, practices, and trends and how they are reshaping today's business and altering tomorrow's competitive environment. Technology and the global economy are covered extensively. Key themes stressed through the study of business cases include leadership, ethics, managing change, customer satisfaction, and quality. Career planning within such areas as accounting, finance, operations, human resources, information technology, marketing, or entrepreneurship. 

Sustainability Content: The course includes an introduction to the concept of the triple bottom line. Social responsibility and ethics are key themes interwoven into all discussions, from human resource management to production processes and public relations. Students gain an awareness of the relationship between the individual firm and the social, physical and economic environment in which it operates.

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Introduction to Business Law

Course Number: MGT2113  

Course Description: Introduction to U.S. legal system and its role in management of business and non-profit organizations. Outline of legal institutions and procedure and their Constitutional basis. Survey of contract, tort, and property along with regulatory issues of employment, competition, consumer protection, and environmental rules.

Sustainability Content: Relationship between traditional and modern property rights in broader context of the legal system; evolution of regulation and social responsibility for sustainable  and environmentally thoughtful business decisions.

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International Business

Course Number: MGT4013

Course Description: Exploration of the multi-faceted topics necessary to develop and nurture the international dimension of business. Geography, cultural differences (including religions), economics, politics, regional alliances, transportation modes, exchange mechanisms and rates, balance of payments, tariffs, quotas, assisting agencies, trade documents and agencies, and various options for entering foreign markets such as exporting, licensing and manufacturing.

Sustainability Content: The ethical and societal ramifications of expanding into foreign markets are explored.

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Strategic Management

Course Number: MGT4213

Course Description: The capstone course in the series of required management courses. Demonstrates how knowledge from various study areas contributes to the formulation of management policies and strategies.

Sustainability Content:
Students analyze the relationship between social responsibility, including all aspects of sustainability, and organizational performance. SWOT analyses are also employed to organize environmental and organizational information to understand the firm's position in the marketplace and in relation to its own goals. Strategic change is a prominent component of the course, as students come to learn growth strategies, how to identify and implement diversification opportunities, how to enter into the global marketplace, and the competitive and cooperative strategies available to corporations.

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Business Applications of Statistical Analysis

Course Number: MGT5012

Course Description:
This course provides an overview of statistical concepts and analysis applied to business problems. Topics include probability distributions, statistical inference for means and proportions, estimation and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, and simple regression.  Use of cases and spreadsheets

Sustainability Content: The analytic aspects of business problem solving and decision-making. Discussing specific techniques and management, marketing, and financial models are evaluated for their practical application to organizational decision-making requirements for sustainability and growth. Fundamentals and statistical reasoning for making sound decisions in any business system is essential to its sustainability. The course provides a framework for applying basic statistical methods in process development and process decision making to improve the performance of productive processes, manufacturing or service. It is a broad yet comprehensive introduction of fundamental concepts and real-world up-to-date problems.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content: Introduce statistical strategies for resources conservation and sharing.

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Leading Change and Capacity Building Non-Profits

Course Number: MGT6033

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students a comprehensive understanding of how to lead and sustain change, and build capacity, in a nonprofit organization. This course provides the conceptual framework and tools to lead and deal with the organizational change needed to pursue capacity building strategies. Students will examine both social and organizational level change that provides the foundation to lead a change initiative.  Students will be introduced to the field of capacity building: its key players, concepts, and theories.  It addresses basic competencies, principles and skills necessary to bring about change and build capacity at the individual, organizational, multi-organizational, and global capacity levels. 

Sustainability Content: In the nonprofit sector, this course looks at the human element of sustainability to look at these organizations that are value led and mission driven to succeed if they take a holistic approach to social, economic, and environmental issues. 

Various tools for learning and personal change as support for personal and organizational capacity building are utilized including: identification of personal values; self-reflection in order to develop a personal vision and mission; a strategic hunt to locate one's organization's values, vision, and mission; 360-degree feedback process; use of instruments for identification of leadership style, level of emotional intelligence regarding change; use of the Internet to enhance these tools; a learning library; the Change Leadership Self-Assessment (self as leader) and the Change Initiative Proposal (a proposal for change in one's organization and students address sustainability concepts) and 'learning reports' written to both 1) cause deeper thinking and reflection about the basic topics of the course and 2) serve as accountability for learning.  Case studies (both written and video), theory discussion, and models are used as well.

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Ethics and Business in Society

Course Number: MGT 6043

Course Description: Interactions between business entities and society at large in an ethical framework.   By examining society's values and needs and the ethical assumptions, attitudes, values and behavior of business institutions, future managers will have a basis for making ethical decisions that affect society. Balancing the needs and the values of organizations with those of society represents the significant ethical dilemma.  A systematic view of the place of business institutions enables managers to determine the effect of their actions on society.  Both conceptual and applied considerations are given weight.

Sustainability Content: T
he predominant application of sustainability occurs in the area of corporate social responsibility.  The interaction between the zeal of business for immediate profit and the need to make decisions which support desired values, reject questionable cultural norms and preserve certain societal mores is central to the concept of how business and humanity can thrive now and long into the future.  Environmental and safety issues frequently juxtapose the desire to produce cheaply now despite the long term ramifications of such behavior.  While a perceived solution may be far more cost effective presently, long term consequences and costs must be considered in arriving at, and implementing critical decisions.

Specific ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Civilization and Kant's Categorical Imperative are presented and are central to the analysis of various factual scenarios.  Topics such as whistle blowing, employment, sexual harassment and economic equity are far-sighted and ripe for analyzing potential areas to maximize human potential on both individual and societal levels.  Intellectual property and recognition of the need to promote and reward ingenuity and industry cultivate and reinforce the importance of creative and entrepreneurial ventures which can benefit both present and future generations.

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Perspectives in International Business

Course Number: MGT 6053
 
Course Description: Examination of the size and scope of international business and its impact on the domestic economy. Rules of multinational corporations, institutional structure and economic theories, and environmental constraints. Emphasis on regional and ethical issues in the operation of multi-national corporations and strategic issues in international business.

Sustainability Content:  The textbook used incorporates sustainability by focusing on making the student aware of markets, environmental issues and culture outside the borders of the United States. The class then exposes the student to not only the need for corporations to expand into foreign markets to sustain itself, but also the awareness that organizations need to define itself within other cultures, and be aware of the desire of local nationals to sustain their local sovereignty. By growing within local sovereign nations instead of keeping an American identity will ensure a sustainable global enterprise respected by other nations/cultures.

Professor Rinkus in his class introduces the Carbon Trading Market, its inception and growth and how international investment derivatives can positively affect environmental sustainability. are providing financial incentives to positively affect environmental sustainability.  He also incorporates examples of corporations like Ikea, Volkswagen, and Ford Motor Company, and their contributions to environmental sustainability, and the positive reaction of consumers globally to the responsible citizenship these companies are demonstrating.

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Strategic Management (capstone)

Course Number: MGT6063

Course Description: A capstone business class. The development of the administrative perspective on management, including establishing and analyzing policy and strategy in various settings, as well as the relationships between administrative decision making and important social issues. Case methods and computer simulations are used.

Sustainability Concepts: This course examines stakeholder theory and strategy as it relates to social responsibility.  Social responsibility applies to business strategies that are executed with respect to human capital and the environment.  Students consider global tectonics and its strategic implications.  Global tectonics "describes the process by which developing trends in technology, environment, and society slow revolutionize the business environment ... tectonic shifts are categorized as societal, technological, or environmental" (deKluvyer and Pearce, 2008, p. 59).

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Strategic Non-Profit Management

Course Number: MGT 6073

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students a strategic and comprehensive approach to nonprofit management. It reviews areas essential to effective leadership of today's nonprofit organization, such as governance, fund development, financial accountability, human resource and volunteer management.  Woven through the course are the three key themes of social responsibility and leadership; multi-sector collaboration; and service and careers in the nonprofit sector.  It is the combination of these themes, coupled with traditional areas of nonprofit management, which creates the innovative educational aspects of this course.  Topics will include types of nonprofit organizations, dual bottom lines (mission and financial), strategic planning, fundraising, volunteerism, and director responsibilities. 

Sustainability Content: This course provides an introduction to a broader understanding of nonprofits and their role in society. Students survey leadership and management competencies and strategies for today's charitable nonprofit organizations and learn about the growing role of charitable nonprofit organizations in the United States and the global economy. Students relate other business coursework to the management of mission-based organizations and help students relate to nonprofit organizations from a variety of perspectives.

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Comprehensive Fund Development for Non-Profit

Course Number: MGT6083

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of fund development for charitable (501c3) nonprofit organizations. It addresses basic principles and skills of all areas essential to a complete fund development program and introduces unique management competencies of each.  Topics covered include comprehensive campaigns, capital campaigns, case statements, prospect research, major gifts, planned giving, annual fund campaigns and gift stewardship and management.  It includes an introduction to the psychology of giving and communication competencies of successful solicitation. Woven through the course are themes of social responsibility, leadership and multi-sector collaboration.

Sustainability Content:  This course presents the foundations of educational theory and practical training that underlie financially sustainable, mission based enterprises and the variety of social missions they seek to achieve. It provides an understanding of the motivations for individual charitable giving to social causes and the professional and ethical training best practices used today in connecting with those who desire to support a particular social cause.  It is essential to understanding one key means by which people in our society help other people, that is, through charitable giving.

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Information Systems and the Enterprise

Course Number: MIS 6013

Course Description: Examines the use of information systems for achieving and maintaining competitive advantage, and managerial issues concerning the development, implementation, and management of enterprise information systems. Case studies address the impact of information systems on the organization, challenges involved in managing technological change in organizations, and the impact of emerging technologies. Students will develop a socio-technical perspective on the use of information systems to solve real-world problems.

Sustainability Content: The students learn about integrating information technology into all aspects of business operations and planning.  The emphasis is the use of technology within the business social and organizational culture to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the internal processes and those processes which impact employees, customers, and the community.  As information technology changes and increases its impact on all parts of the business environment, management can address the various aspects of the technological and social/organizational systems change.  The focus will be on improving the conditions of people impacted by the technology and the improvement of business processes and profitability.

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Analysis and Design of Complex Systems

Course Number: MIS 6123

Course Description
: Examination of the tools and methods of traditional systems development, including systems analysis, design, test, and implementation.  Focus on structured analysis techniques.

Sustainability Content: The focus of this course is on the implementation of information systems that improve business processes from a socio-technical perspective.  New systems are designed, developed and/or purchased and then implemented to improve all aspects of a variety of business systems.  These systems include hardware, software, data, business processes, and people.  The new system must be sustainable for the people within the system and those people that come in contact with the system.  In this respect sustainability focuses on the short and long term impact on the people involved with the technology.

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Virtual Work Environments

Course Number: MIS 7463

Course Description: Design and use of virtual collaboration technologies to support virtual work environment. Technologies to support communication, conferencing, and collaboration are explored, with emphasis placed on behavioral, social, managerial, and technical aspects of implementing and gaining benefit from these technologies.

Sustainability Content:  Course covers virtual work group management in relation to enhancing productivity and improving organization performance while positively reducing the carbon foot print. This results in reduction in travel expenses and emissions; reduction in net office space; opportunity for innovative space design and increased productivity for knowledge workers.

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Information Technology Leadership and Management

Course Number: MIS8033

Course Description: This Course gives an advanced treatment of current IT leadership and management issues in the global business arena, including the role of chief information officer (CIO) as a change initiator, outsourcing as a solution strategy, and Business Process Re-Engineering.      

Sustainability Content: Topics include the concepts of technology life cycles, technology adoption patterns, disruptive technologies, balanced scorecards, technology governance, and innovation management.  The course also addresses issues of virtual computing and cloud computing both of which contribute to reducing carbon footprints.

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Entrepreneurial Marketing

Course Number: MKT3033

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the skills needed to successfully market and promote a business to customers, prospective employees, and possible investors.  This dynamic course will address important principles of marketing, pricing, selling, strategic management, hiring, and promotion.  Woven through the course are themes of social responsibility, leadership and ethics.

Sustainability Content: The course includes components on internet-based marketing, a key component of organizational sustainability when managed properly. A firm's responsibility to consumers and the public is highlighted.

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Global Marketing

Course Number: MKT3113

Course Description: Course provides an environmental/cultural approach to international marketing from a truly global perspective rather than just the U.S point of view. Topics covered include assessing global market opportunities, emerging markets, and international distribution systems. Research will include the Internet and its expanding role as firms are able to position themselves internationally in competition with larger players. Also discussed are the formation of virtual alliances, negotiations with customers, partners, and regulators, country-of-origin effect and global brands, green marketing, and the changing profiles of global managers.

Sustainability Content: Course indirectly addresses sustainability by including topics such as the country of origin effect (COE) and "green" marketing. These concepts assist businesses in utilizing and increasing customer demand for sustainable practices and products.

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Marketing Management

Course Number: MKT6013

Course Description: This course focuses on managing the marketing function in a changing, competitive environment in coordination with other organizational functions.  Special attention is given to the development of marketing strategies for the achievement of competitive advantage in product, price, place, and promotion.  Students also develop analytical marketing tools and techniques by utilizing case analysis and decision making in the management of marketing strategies.

Sustainability:  The students review case studies that address corporate social responsibility, green marketing strategies, public relations and overall good corporate citizenship as it relates to branding.  This is developed in the marketing plans and the integrated marketing communications plan.

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Operations Management

Course Number: OPM3113

Course Description: An overview of production functions in both manufacturing and service organizations. Forecasting, capacity planning, product and service system design, aggregate planning, inventory and project management, and quality assurance.

Sustainability Content: The basic objective of this course is to learn the science of operations management. Operational decision-making involves an understanding of how to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. This is particularly true in the subject area of transportation and transshipment models. One unit focuses on lean systems, which enable an organization to eliminate waste in the production cycle.

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Operations Management

Course Number: OPM 6033

Course Description:
This course deals with all aspects of the operations function - the activities that result in the production and delivery of the firm's products or services.  These activities include product design, production planning, demand forecasting, and inventory control.  This course provides the basic knowledge on all the related activities from the point of view of the plant manager. Thus, the student would develop the knowledge and skills to effectively supervise the operations of any firm.

Topics Introduced: Long-term forecasting, productive systems design, capacity planning, aggregate planning, inventory replenishment planning, material requirements planning, resources planning and scheduling, total quality management, waiting line systems analysis and design, and project planning and scheduling.

Sustainability Content: Student learn that in order to sustain business, maintain leadership, and expand market share we need to effectively and efficiently manage our productive resources, be competitive, and bring to market fast and constantly provide high quality goods and services that would delight our customers with respect for our environment. Operations management is the science, art, and techniques of the managing of productive resources in a sustainable manner. It is responsible for the management of productive systems: systems that either create goods or provide services or both. Operations management entails the design and control of systems and/or processes responsible for the productive use of raw materials, human resources, equipment, and facilities in the transformation and development of a product or service while maintaining the respect for the environment in which we live.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content: To promote sustainability (as the ability to meet present needs without compromising those of the future generations, we need to emphasis the topics such as "design for environment," "extended producer responsibility," "environmental analysis (as it pertains to physical characteristics and location of a job)," and "environmental waste (as it pertains to lean production, lean operation, and lean consumption)."

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