Contributed by Vani Nadarajah, Director of Admissions for Executive MBA and Global Programs, Yale School of Management
The Yale School of Management’s (SOM) MBA for Executives program kicked off in 2005 with an exclusive focus in healthcare. This year the School’s MBA for Executives offered the choice of three focus areas: asset management, sustainability and healthcare. SOM has been increasing its sustainability faculty pool, content and initiatives, in recognition of the growing importance of sustainable thinking in the business community.
The program’s faculty director for sustainability, prominent green chemist, Professor Paul Anastas acknowledges: “For half a century we have dealt with traditional sustainability issues by thinking about what you cannot do. There has been a transformation to thinking about what you can create, invent and innovate by aligning sustainability issues with economic drivers and market forces.” Cue a sustainability curriculum that draws on expertise from across Yale University. With appointments throughout Yale in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and the School of Management, Anastas is well placed to lead a ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary curriculum.
The Yale SOM’s Senior Associate Dean David Bach explains: “You don’t have to be an environmentalist to realize that doing more with less (water/energy/materials) is already a business imperative that will only become stronger. At Yale SOM, we hope to cultivate leaders who can be 'translators' within their organizations, managers plugged into the science community who can make the business case for more sustainable products and processes, and lead the change that will make them happen. Yale is ideally positioned to accomplish this due to the close collaboration between the School of Management and sister schools like the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, evidenced by a core group of faculty members with joint appointments and hundreds of joint degree alumni.”
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