Strategies for Sustainable Business

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The issue of sustainability is one that affects all people and businesses. MIT defines sustainability broadly—as the interdependent systems of economy, society, politics, the environment, and the individual. This innovative three-day program applies MIT frameworks of process improvement and system dynamics to the topic of sustainability in an effort to help participants return to their organizations with practical strategies for manifesting consensus and change—at both the micro and macro levels.

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Strategies for Sustainable Business
Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $4,300 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for certificate credit): 3

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In this program, the interconnectedness of people, enterprise, and natural resources is explored through both lectures and dynamic group simulations. Lectures and group work put 21st-century business practices in a socioeconomic context and present the issues of sustainability on a national scale. Participants will also learn employment and research-driven approaches to sustainable business practices, such as fair trade and good working conditions.


The program will present principles and tools that will enable participants to evaluate organizations on the multiple dimensions of sustainability and see the tensions that can arise when trying to increase sustainability without negatively affecting others. Participants will use these tools, such as the Fishbanks simulation, during the course to evaluate the sustainability efforts of other companies and their own and receive feedback from faculty so that they are better equipped to implement, influence, and lead when they return. Fishbanks is a web-based simulation in which participants play the role of fisherman who try to maximize their net worth as they compete against each other and deal with variations in fish stocks and catches. Participants learn about the challenges of managing resource sustainably in a common pool resource setting.The course concludes with a leadership inquiry that transforms the way future conversations and collaborations are conducted when sustainability is the goal.


"I joined this course with the highest expectations, and both professors exceeded them by far. Their work and ideas on the different dimension of sustainability gave me a different way to reflect about my professional goals and even personal beliefs."


—Froylan Hernandez-Ruiz
Senior Attorney for the Latin America Region
The Nature Conservancy

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Fishbanks: A Renewable Resource Management Simulation

Fishbanks is a web-based simulation in which participants play the role of fisherman who try to maximize their net worth as they compete against each other and deal with variations in fish stocks and catches. Participants learn about the challenges of managing resource sustainably in a common pool resource setting.

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