The Fisher curriculum is designed to offer students flexibility and customization based on their interests in social and environmental issues.
Courses incorporate these issues into classes or assignments, including Ethics and Social Responsibility, Fair Trade and Corporate Responsibility, Enterprise Sustainability, Business and the Environment, Corporate NGO-Partnerships and the Emerging Markets Field Study in international markets.
At Fisher, students develop their leadership style through a broad set of values-based leadership activities designed by faculty experts. Our Ethics and Social Responsibility (ESR) curriculum is embedded in our MBA core classes and co-taught by our core faculty and a faculty ESR expert.
Enterprise Sustainability Management Program
Fisher offers optional, interdisciplinary career tracks that allow students to create a specialized niche of study to complement their major.
The Enterprise Sustainability track includes courses that offer both instruction in diverse aspects of sustainability and hands-on project opportunities working with companies and non-profit organizations facing sustainability challenges. It helps students gain knowledge and skills for managing enterprises facing complex, global sustainability issues.
Fisher also offers a Certificate in Enterprise Sustainability Management for students who complete certain pre-specified course requirements.
Example Courses Offered
Students learn strategic responses to sustainability issues that can be employed to create business opportunities and competitive advantage, in addition to interacting with executives from a variety of organizations who are integrating sustainable best practices.
Energy and the Environment
MBA 820 - Global Environment of Business (Core class - required by all MBA students)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the political, economic, social, and technological forces shaping today’s global business environment.
MHR 841 - Business & the Environment
Business & The Environment will teach students how to integrate consideration of the environment into thinking about business processes to improve a company’s competitive advantage. The course will revolve around the concept of environmental sustainability.
MHR 894.63 - Project Experience in Design & Development of Sustainable Business Practices
This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the design and development of sustainable business practices to fill a need articulated by an operating public or private organization.
MBA 808 - International Field Study: Sustainability in Brazil
This course will reinforce global perspective of business in Brazil and of Brazil as a major player on the international business scene. Course content will include sustainable business practices and culture and language of Brazil.
M&L 845 - Global Marketing and Sustainability
The course explores issues around international marketing and sustainability including analysis of strategic, political, and philosophical issues faced by management, and governments involved in international trade.
MGT 894.01 - Introduction to Global Energy Industry-Applications, Technologies and Original Equipment Manufacturers
The objectives of this Energy course are to familiarize the student with the energy industry, develop a view of how technology is poised to meet this demand, and utilize the energy industry to understand global trends of supply, demand, technology and the financial implications.
MHR 694.11 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business-Concepts & Issues
Introduction to Sustainability in Business – Concepts and Issues will trace the historical evolution of present day expectations on corporations and other organizations for taking on environmental and social responsibilities that may seem unrelated to their core mission.
MHR 694.12 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business - Applications & Solutions
The course offers an in-depth look at sustainability initiatives of selected industries and strategies which initiatives support; class project gives students hand-on experience with a local business.
Leadership and Ethics
MHR 840 - Leadership Values
The purpose of this course is to explore issues of leadership as they relate to value-based decision making, personal integrity and organizational integrity including how organizations design systems to maintain individual and organizational integrity, and manage challenges to integrity.
MHR 859 - Business Ethics
The general purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to ethical decision making in business. The focus will be on ethical decision making and business ethical issues at individual, organizational, and societal levels.
AMIS 894.26 - The Moral Dimension of Economic Systems, Business Institutions and The Accounting Professional
Humanities, social science, and business literature will be supplemented by current events and visual media as we explore the moral dimension of economic systems, business institutions, and the accounting profession.
MHR 809 - Leading and Managing Change in Organizations
The course focuses on the issues and challenges of successfully leading and managing organizational change. Although this course focuses on both the design and implementation of change, the emphasis is primarily on successful implementation.
Non-profit Management and Social Enterprise
M&L 894.83 - Non-profit Marketing
The course explores the global nature of nonprofit marketing or thoroughly differentiates the nonprofit environment from the traditional commercial marketing environment.
MHR 894.62 - Micro-Enterprises and Economic Development: The Case of Peru
The course focuses on the emergence and effectiveness of various market-based approaches to addressing the problem of poverty alleviation and culminates in a 10-day trip, where the issues discussed in class will be confronted in reality.
MGT 840 - Lean Enterprise Leadership (Implementing and Managing Lean Processes)
Learn to be lean managers who can help companies improve processes immediately. In difficult economic times, credentials in lean management can be a critical differentiator when applying for jobs or internships.
MGT 810 - Six Sigma Principles
This course is designed to familiarize students with the Six Sigma process improvement methodology and to provide them an opportunity to practice using Six Sigma Black Belt tools. The classroom sessions will combine lectures with group discussions and hands-on exercises.