Changing course

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business is launching what it believes is the world’s first MBA elective focusing on climate change. The course, “Business and Climate Change”, is the brainchild of Tuck professor Anant Sundaram, pioneer of a model which gauges firms’ vulnerability to fossil fuel prices. Professor Sundaram says that rather than acting as a constraint on companies, a warming planet could be a huge business opportunity: “The implications are enormous. Massive wealth will be created by companies that get in front of this issue and lost by those that do not.”

The trend towards greener MBAs has been evident for much of the last decade. What is new is the driving force behind the change: schools are becoming greener not just because it is seen as socially important, but also because it is seen as a potential competitive advantage for companies. Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business, for example, has introduced a “Sustainable Entrepreneurship by Nature” course. Meanwhile, New York’s Stern Business School recently announced it had officially “gone green” after it unveiled a plan to make its campus more environmentally friendly. It is also launching a “Leading Sustainable Enterprises” course.

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2 Responses to “Changing course”

  1. Bruno Caballero Says:

    The University of Cambridge introduced a climate leadership elective in the MBA this year:

    http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/programme/customise.html#climate

    It is very positive to see that business schools are paying attention to green business and the opportunity that the reduction of emissions bring to the world economy.

  2. aks Says:

    That’s wonderful, Bruno!

    The syllabus for the Tuck School course can be found here: http://oracle-www.dartmouth.edu/dart/groucho/tuck_mba_program.syllabus?p_id=BCC

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