Issue-centered learning

Student help co-create an MBA for the planet

A growing number of companies are increasing their commitment to sustainability – particularly those working with commodities, chemicals, consumer products, retailing and industrial goods and machinery. A university in Exeter, United Kingdom, has incorporated sustainability studies in its MBA programme – providing a transformative, reflective, and issue-based learning curriculum. Working closely with a well-known environmental […]

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Pedagogy of passion for sustainability

Current practices in teaching sustainable management are replete with scientific facts, analytical tools, optimization models, and management techniques. A Professor at a Canadian business school argues that we need to focus on transformative learning, reflective practice and fieldwork, and issue-centred learning when teaching sustainability – specifically by helping students develop a passion to tackle the […]

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A curriculum that supports student self-development

While many business and management schools consider the study of sustainable development as a specialist subject, a business school based in France places the field at the heart of its MSc Management course. Inspired by the six PRME principles, the school’s transformative and issue-centered learning approach encourages students to pursue their own goals, following a Pro-Act pedagogy […]

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Seeking creative solutions to complex problems

A US-based university refocuses its efforts on ethics, social responsibility, service and sustainability as part of its issue-centered learning courses. One of their programs strongly encourages students to draw on knowledge and experience from all backgrounds when addressing complex issues, as well as promoting a transdisciplinary approach amongst faculty members and postgraduate students.  Institution:  Bentley University Country: […]

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Tackling complexity in large-scale problems

Solving complex, large-scale problems requires creativity and innovation; strategic and entrepreneurial thinking; and enlightened management and organizational practices. Three colleges in the US are collaborating to provide an issue-based learning sustainability certificate program that empowers our future leaders to make use of the skills, tools, and concepts from the liberal arts, business, and engineering in order to […]

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Resetting managerial mindsets

An international management masters program utilises a unique approach structured around five managerial mindsets (reflective, analytical, worldly, collaborative, action). The program breaks away from the traditional lecture format where the professor is considered the expert in the room, focusing instead on sessions that are designed to involve all participants, enabling them to transfer knowledge with […]

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Applying whole person learning to real-world problems

A business school in Hong Kong sets an example to other institutions with its strong emphasis on ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance to its education and research agenda, which form a core aspect of its transformative learning philosophy. The school conducts wide-ranging community based work in promoting corporate social responsibility by encouraging its […]

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The Dream Factory: working for the common good

An international not-for-profit initiative empowers participants to create and lead their own social projects through issue-centred training in subjects ranging from leadership, organization building, project management, financial planning and fund raising. The institute offers a one-year program that uses a hands-on fieldwork approach, with a heavy emphasis on real world case studies. The curriculum is designed to support their “dream factory”, where participants learn how to convert their dreams of social change into reality.

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A holistic view of sustainable investing

There has been a strong movement in the last few years towards a model of investing that takes into account not only financial returns, but also environmental, social, ethical, and governance considerations. A Canadian business school in collaboration with finance, investment and industrial companies created the first online sustainable investment certification awarded through a university business school. The certification equips professionals with the tools required to understand the rapidly emerging sustainable finance sector and be able to offer sustainable investing advice to clients and within their own organizations.

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Design thinking approach to Management Education

An Indian Institute of Design teaches a design thinking approach towards business. Design thinking courses encourage students to work on products, services and systems that lead to a sustainable holistic lifestyle. The course is taught through co-creation workshops and classroom projects, and the students are given the freedom to choose their own individual projects.

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