2008
New M.B.A. concentrations prepare business leaders for a greener future

New M.B.A. concentrations prepare business leaders for a greener future
July 8, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Unchecked population growth, rampant economic development, unmatched urbanization and uncontrolled energy use are imposing new stresses on resources and society’s ability to maintain or improve environmental quality. To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, many public and private organizations are embracing the concept of “sustainability” – the pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social justice. “The green wave is here, and individuals and companies that are prepared will profit the most,” said Sharon Borowicz, Ph.D., chair of the department of Business Administration at Benedictine University. To prepare students to excel at the leading edge of the new sustainability revolution, Benedictine University is offering two concentrations in its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program – Sustainable Business and Sustainable Leadership. A concentration in “Sustainable Business” is earned by selecting 12 or more credits from a list of courses that includes: MBA 675 Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability (4 credits); MBA 676 Building the Sustainable Enterprise (4); and MBA 677 Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth (4). “Just as the Internet changed the way people worked in the 20th century, sustainability will be one of the core drivers of business in the 21st century,” Borowicz said. A concentration in “Sustainable Leadership” is earned by selecting 12 or more credits from a list of courses that includes: MBA 672 Essentials of Sustainable Leadership (4); MBA 673 Developing Sustainable Leaders (4); and MBA 674 Leading Sustainable Organizations (4 credits). “This concentration focuses on ethics, culture and values, team learning and leadership, strategic management, imagination and creativity, emotional intelligence and systems thinking,” Borowicz said. Classes begin in the fall. For more information about Benedictine University’s M.B.A. programs, call the M.B.A. office at (630) 829-6205.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.