The Emergence and Growth of the Green MBA in Sustainability Development

By Darrell Norman Burrell, Sadaf Ulomi and Paul Ventura.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Consider the need for business programs to create leaders that focus on more than just profits at any cost, operations without ethical considerations, strategies without environmental consciousness, and business activities without social concerns. As public policy professionals, NGO leaders and activists showing concern about the poor, the environment, and the economy create the critical need for new approaches and ideas in the study of business. The need for business programs that create leaders that are more dimensional has never been more valuable. The emergence of the green Master of Business Administration (MBA) in sustainability development provides students a chance to study business from different perspectives, and often via different delivery formats. In these programs, students do spend a lot of time studying how to improve a company's bottom line, but also learn to focus on valuing diversity, learning international cultural competence, improving corporate environmental impacts, and addressing community issues. Now the green field of sustainability is blossoming. Colleges are funneling money into new degree programs, building campus sustainability centers, and finding many ways to build the sustainability into existing programs. In application, new MBA programs in sustainable development have core themes in business, but also provide subject matter and curriculum that ventures into areas like environmental health, sociology, public policy, agriculture, biodiversity, economics, energy, public health, natural resources, and social psychology. These programs appeal to business undergraduates and also attract students that come from undergraduate backgrounds in biology, engineering, health sciences, environmental science, and even chemistry. These students look to these programs to help them understand how to use the study of sustainability and business to solve community, public policy, and societal problems.

Keywords: Green MBA, Sustainability Development, Green Business

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 583.701KB).

Prof. Darrell Norman Burrell

Instructor, Marylhurst University, George Mason University, Warrenton, VA, USA

Darrell Norman Burrell is a post-doctoral student and a faculty member at Walden University. He also teaches part-time at Marylhurst University and George Mason University. He has been a part-time college faculty member for more than 13 years, teaching with various universities including; Webster University, The University of Liverpool, National Louis University, Averett University, Florida Institute of Technology, and Strayer University. He is an alum of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program He was competitively selected as a Presidential Management Fellow through a rigorous application process from a pool of over 7,000 applicants. Dr Burrell received a doctoral degree in Health Education with majors in Environmental Public Health and Executive Leadership Coaching from A.T. Still University. He has an EdS (Education Specialist Post Master’s Terminal Degree) in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has graduate degrees (2) in Human Resources Management/Development and Management/Health Care Leadership from National Louis University and a graduate degree in Sales and Marketing Management from Prescott College. He has over 18 years of management experience in academia, government, and Private Industry.

Sadaf Ulomi

Graduate Student, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University, Herndon, VA, USA

Miss Sadaf Ulomi is a graduate student in public health in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from George Mason University. She has extensive experience writing and coordinating research compliance and protocol submission and amendments for the Institutional Review board. Besides English, she is fluent in conversational French and Farsi (Dari). Her research interests are in environmental science, environmental protection, and sustainability.

Professor Paul Ventura

Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR, USA

Paul Ventura is the Chair of graduate and undergraduate Sustainable Business programs at Marylhurst University. Along with his administrative duties, Paul teaches online and on-campus graduate courses in Strategic Leadership, Principles of Sustainable Business, Modeling & Decision Making and Integrative Capstone Project. He also serves as a member of the university’s Sustainability Advisory Council (MUSAC) and its Global Society Committee. Paul has over thirty years of experience in higher education, nonprofit organizations and business. Twenty of those years were at the SIT Graduate Institute, based in Vermont, where he managed several international training programs. He co-designed and taught in SIT’s M.S. degree in Management and chaired and taught in the M.A. degree in Sustainable Development, including one year as resident faculty in a graduate Sustainable Development program in Sri Lanka.