UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sustainable Enterprise Concentration

Sustainable enterprise is a way of doing business that makes profits through means that reduce harm to society and the environment. It turns challenges into business opportunities that serve a triple bottom line of profits, society and the environment. The result is often unique market solutions that leapfrog the competition or help firms to enter new markets with products better suited to long term growth.

This concentration applies across functional areas and industries. It complements other career concentrations taken at the same time. Students taking it will learn how to craft strategies that help companies pursue a triple bottom line, a skill that more and more companies say they seek.

Students may take courses outside the business school in areas such as:

  • Public policy
  • International studies
  • Social work
  • City and regional planning
  • Environmental studies


Concentration Requirements

To receive the Sustainable Enterprise Enrichment Concentration, students must complete 7.5 credit hours of Sustainable Enterprise focused electives. Students may also satisfy an elective credit by completing an approved sustainability-focused STAR, Global Business Project, or Independent Study. For more information on Independent Studies please see the MBA Policy Manual. All courses below are 1.5 credits unless otherwise noted.

Sustainable Enterprise Electives

Required Concentration Courses

  • MBA 831C, Strategy & Sustainability
  • MBA 833A, Systems Thinking for Sustainable Enterprise (seminar)

Elective Courses

  • MBA 713, Sustainable Operations
  • MBA 790A, Renewable Energy: Project Development and Finance (seminar)
  • MBA 790B, The Energy Value Chain
  • MBA 820, Impact Investing
  • MBA 824, Management of Workplace Diversity
  • MBA 828C, Strategic Innovation
  • MBA 833, The Business of Alternative Energy
  • MBA 855, Innovations in Green Building: Business Opportunities in CleanTech (seminar)
  • MBA 865B, Sustainability Consulting – Special Topics
  • MBA 870, Global Immersion: Sustainability and General Management

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