Strategies for Sustainable Business

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This innovative three-day program uniquely 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: $4,900 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 3

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For decades, MIT and MIT Sloan have been sustainability thought leaders, from Jay Forrester’s work on World Dynamics to our groundbreaking research on high performance work systems, to the formation of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan—an effort that is shaping modern discourse on sustainability.


Strategies for Sustainable Business connects executives with MIT professors and researchers who are currently breaking new ground in sustainability thinking and practice. Faculty combine interactive lectures, case studies, games, diagnostic exercises, and deep reflective work for a highly engaging experience. Participants place current business practices in a socioeconomic context and walk away with well-grounded strategies for making sustainability a reality in their organizations, industries, and communities.


Course curriculum


Day 1—WHY: This first day focuses on why sustainability is THE challenge of our generation, and its materiality to participants’ particular business. Case studies reveal how industries are changing to adapt to the business risks—and opportunities—presented by megatrends like climate change and globalization.


Day 2—WHAT: Through lectures, discussions, and a hands-on system dynamics simulation (“Fishbanks”), participants will learn about available strategies at the operational level, in their extended supply chain, and across their industry. They deepen their understanding of the environmental and social dimension of sustainability and the limits of voluntary action.


Day 3—HOW: Participants chart a course toward the “hardwiring” of sustainability in their enterprise by building coalitions for change and undertaking process improvement. Lectures and discussions draw on the latest research by program faculty and include lessons on how to influence organizational culture, run experiments, conduct difficult conversations, and engage people to undertake important projects. Participants will leave the classroom knowing their next steps to move the ball forward.


"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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