Strategy and Innovation

Strategies for Sustainable Business

Dates: Jul 07-09, 2014

Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation

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The issue of sustainability is one that affects all businesses and all people and is no longer a niche for ‘green’ businesses. MIT’s core approach views sustainability as a function of the interdependency and complex dynamics of economy, society, and environment as systems, where success overall is influenced by success across all areas and not upon a single factor.

This innovative new program focuses not simply on solving existing problems, but rather takes a unique approach based on seizing new opportunities to develop strategies for greater long-term economic, social, and environmental benefit.

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 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.

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Using a blend of hands-on simulations, case study and article analysis, and small group discussions, participants will learn how sustainability affects all businesses. Participants will learn effective strategies for leading and effecting change on multiple levels, from individual to the organization to the community to the world and how to apply them in both the short and long term to achieve real results.

In Strategies for Sustainable Business, participants will:

  • Gain an appreciation for the “state of the world,” key dimensions of “unsustainability,” and leverage points for change
  • Understand opportunities for business value creation through more effective, sustainable use of natural and human resources
  • Understand the limits of action by individual businesses, and opportunities for industry and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Learn to assess business strategies and some public policies with a distinctive, holistic, and systems-based perspective on sustainability
  • Identify opportunities for leadership for sustainability in personal, professional, and community life

  • General managers in global businesses who want a basic understanding of sustainability and opportunities for leadership and business value creation.
  • NGO and government leaders who want to understand a business-centered but cross-sectoral perspective on sustainability.
  • Innovators for sustainability in private, public, NGO, and hybrid sectors who want to identify opportunities for innovation and learn how to assess the impact of their innovations on global sustainability.

07:45 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast and Registration
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMProgram Introduction and Groups Choose Cases
09:30 AM - 11:00 AMFishbanks Simulation
11:00 AM - 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 AM - 12:00 PMFishbanks Debrief
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMSystems Thinking - State of the World
12:45 PM - 01:45 PMLunch
01:45 PM - 03:15 PMState of the World
03:15 PM - 03:30 PMBreak
03:30 PM - 05:00 PMActing Locally: Sustainability as Process Improvement and Disruptive Innovation
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMLearning Circles
09:00 AM - 10:30 AMInstitutions and Market Failures
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMBreak
10:45 AM - 12:15 PMSocial Sustainability Through Partnerships: Kaiser and Human Capital Institutions
12:15 PM - 01:15 PMLunch
01:15 PM - 02:45 PMMacro/Political Framework for Sustainability: Different Approaches to Development
02:45 PM - 03:00 PMBreak
03:00 PM - 04:30 PMSocial Sustainability Within Firms: Mercadona Case
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMLearning Circles
09:00 AM - 10:00 AMFrom Theory to Action: Assessing Your Sustainability Strategy
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM - 12:15 PMFrom Theory to Action: Assessing Your Sustainability Strategy
12:15 PM - 01:15 PMLunch
01:15 PM - 04:30 PMMaking it Personal - Leadership for Sustainability
04:30 PM - 05:00 PMAdjournment

    Excellent materials and good mix of professors I will recommend this to my friends

    Overall I am very satisfied. I leave Boston with a ton of inspiration on how I can drive sustainability in the future through consulting our clients beyond "just" energy saving. You can improve the programme by securing the link between John's track and Roberto's and Jason's respective lectures. By this I mean: - I think that Roberto had very interesting points and definitely a very amusing style on the podium, but it was a bit difficult to see the exact fit into John's overall track. I think I got it, but I am just saying that it could be made even more explicit. - Jason's lecture on Wednesday could benefit from a tighter link to sustainability. Sometimes during the lecture, I lost the link.

    The program was really good and brought me a new perspective on some contents I already work with. The class's diversity was great also. One suggestion: Have a half day after the current program only for executives that are already working with sustainability to stress our approaches and current strategies. It was a pleasure spending these days with you. Thank you. Abraços Karine

    It fulfilled my expectations

    Systems thinking is the key to understanding how to shift mental models and create the flourishing future that we want for the children of all species, forever.