The world faces many challenges today—growing inequality, workforce exploitation, environmental destruction, resource depletion, and climate change, among others. The objective of the doctoral concentration in Leadership for Social and Ecological Sustainability is to produce leaders in businesses, nonprofits, governments, and educational institutions.
The doctoral concentration in Leadership for Social and Ecological Sustainability includes the study of:
Sustainability is clearly seen as a necessary strategic aspect of corporate futures. One recent (2011) study surveyed 247 corporate executives in North America, the UK, and China regarding their attitudes and experiences with sustainability. Two-thirds reported that sustainability was a “very important” strategic aspect of their corporate futures.
There are hundreds of universities that offer degrees on the environmental side of sustainability, but few, if any, that include the social side. Programs that incorporate corporate social responsibility concerns – typically MBA degree programs – tend to be technocratic in nature, engineering solutions, rather than addressing systemic challenges from a social science perspective. This concentration goes beyond providing the surface understandings and technical skills that constitute the core of most business school and environmentally-focused university offerings in this area. Fielding critically engages the scholarly literature on sustainability and provides training in the practical skills required for students to become effective practitioners.