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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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Collaborating for a sustainable future

A US university provides a service to society by blending scientific research, education and practical solutions, while helping support companies towards stewardship by bringing together the people and tools needed to address some of the world’s most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. Institution: Columbia University […]

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Supercharging knowledge transfer with technology

The degree of innovation in technologies that enables the creation, transmission, distribution, deployment, application and use of education is rapidly expanding. In January 2012 one of the largest global textbook publishers announced a partnership that plans to offer more data-driven and individualized courses, utilizing technology to enable personalised learning that reduces the need for a middle-man, […]

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Giving Voice to Values

A business school near Boston offers a free, cross-disciplinary business curriculum and action-oriented pedagogical approach for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. Drawing on experiences of managers as well as multi-disciplinary research, the curriculum helps students identify how to voice their values in the workplace, equipping future business leaders not […]

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Bespoke management education

A joint venture between a Swiss University and company offers courses on CSR and Sustainability aimed at business executives with a strong focus on interactivity and business concerns. Because it is a demand-led course facilitated by a private company required changes to the curriculum can be made at short notice.

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Benefits of blended learning in an MBA

A US Polytechnic Institute built a blended learning, cohort‐based MBA, focused on leadership and innovation. Knowledge transfer can no longer be the primary focus of faculty engagement in the teaching process. Students also need to develop deep insight into how and when to use the skills and ideas they are learning. A blended learning approach helps develop higher order human and leadership skills.

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Students building businesses at the Bottom of the Pyramid

A US MBA Program has as its centerpiece a practicum where student teams build businesses at the Bottom of the Pyramid. They view those at the Bottom of the Pyramid as customers and partners, rather than charity cases, and build businesses to meet their needs and solve environmental problems. Students work on these ventures for all 18 months of the program, including 8-10 weeks abroad during the summer semester. Many of these student ventures continue after graduation.

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Three Deans co-instruct Leadership, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Three deans from at a US Polytechnic Institute teach a course that engages undergraduates in exploring the application of innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing the world’s great problems. The deans from Humanities, Engineering and Business co-instruct the course that also involves guest speakers, case studies and individual and team exercises.

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