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Mba course values ethics sustainability

MBA course: Values, Ethics & Sustainability

Group #1 Draft Syllabus – by Adela, Claire, Mary, Daina, Javier & Ivan

Introduction ideas behind the course
Introduction – Ideas behind the course

  • Values, Ethics & Sustainability

  • Sustainable development in emerging economies is of world-wide concern due to the global impacts that the billions of people will collectively have.

  • Business Ethics and Managerial Values will influence Corporate Sustainability Strategies

  • Important to discuss the Sustainability framework under the Business Ethics umbrella: Sustainability as a Strategic Issue but also as a MORAL issue

Goals of group 1
Goals of Group 1

  • An MBA (Masters’ level) syllabus that incorporates learning about ethics and managerial values in terms of affecting corporate sustainability (CS) strategies

  • A business course that explains the possible synergies between values/business ethics & CS

  • Examine and practice ways to effectively enact values-driven leadership behavior around sustainability (GVV)

Subject themes

  • Understanding your values

  • Understanding Sustainability

  • Linking your values to Sustainability

  • Examining and practicing ways to effectively enact values-driven leadership behavior around sustainability (GVV)

Highlights of the syllabus
Highlights of the syllabus

  • The outline includes the following subheadings:

    • Overview of the Course

    • Subject Themes

    • Learning Objectives

    • Learning Outcomes

    • Key Topic Areas/Pedagogy (for the Instructor)

    • Assessment/Assignments

    • Readings (Required & Recommended)

  • We are developing some alternatives of Team Projects

  • Highlights of the syllabus1
    Highlights of the syllabus


    • Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as social science and management research, GVV fills a long-standing and critical gap in business education.  It helps students identify the many ways that individuals can and do voice their values in the workplace, and it provides the opportunity to script and practice this voice in front of their peers.

    • --Distinctive features of the GVV curriculum include:

    • A focus on HOW a manager raises values-based issues in an effective manner

    • Positive examples of times when people have found ways to voice and thereby implement their values in the workplace

    • The importance of self-assessment and a focus on individual strengths when looking for a way to align one’s individual sense of purpose and that of the organization

    • Opportunities to construct and practice responses to frequently heard reasons and rationales for not acting on one’s values

    • Practice in providing peer feedback and coaching.

    Individual project and presentation 15
    Individual Project and Presentation (15%)

    1.       Find, compare/contrast and evaluate the various reporting databases on sustainability.  What are the trends? 

    2.       Design and make a persuasive video on why sustainability is relevant to at least one of the following stakeholders:  college students in their late teens, retired individuals, the Board of Directors of a publically traded firm, a group of elected officials in either a developed, developing or less developed market. 

    3.       Identify a sustainability topic (e.g. climate change) and research the media coverage of the last three years. Use news sources from at least three different continents and comment on the trends, tones, depth of coverage, etc.

    Final team project and presentation 25 35
    Final Team Project and Presentation (25-35%)

    1.       Have each team member present a RFP (request for proposal) on a sustainability challenge in their current organization or any organization with which they are associated, even if not employed by that organization.  Choose one of the RFP’s and as a team write an action plan, to solve the RFP including relevant research and data (costs, etc.).  Invite a panel from outside the class to hear the presentations and provide feedback.  Could even invite people from the organization if appropriate and possible to be on the evaluation panel.

    2.       Put together a training/developmental video and materials for sensitizing and creating a values based approach to sustainability that can be used for onboarding or for developmental (promotion, regular training).

    Final team project and presentation 25 351
    Final Team Project and Presentation (25-35%)

    3. Incorporate a 'Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL)' project where the students undertake an assignment within an organisation. This could be an assessment/audit of the organisation's corporate sustainability practices.4. For more advanced students such as MBAs, an action research based project where they undertake identifying one aspect of  corporate sustainability. Once this aspect is identified, they then set about implementing an action research model within their workplace which would require other staff members to participate in a collaborative model of change based on 'plan, act, review' cycles. The project could be called 'The WIL of Corporate Sustainability'.

    Thank you suggestions welcome ivanmontiel@gmail com i will forward them to the group