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Moore School Announces Best Sustainability-Focused Business Courses

Jul 23, 2019 10:33AM

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina recently announced the 2018 Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula award winners.

In its 11th year, the Page Prize encourages U.S. and international business schools to introduce or substantially upgrade sustainability courses or associated coursework within their curriculum.

The grand prize winners for their MBA course “Building a Sustainable Future: Business Model Innovation as a Force for Good” include André Du Pin Calmon, an assistant professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi; David F. Drake, an assistant professor of strategy, entrepreneurship, and operations at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado; and Jackie Stenson, an adjunct professor at INSEAD.

The Building a Sustainable Future course integrates social and environmental issues into a comprehensive lecture and case-study approach that embraces Bloom’s Taxonomy across three modules: problem framing and design thinking; risk and cost analysis/management; and value chain management and self-regulation.

Three honorable mentions for the Page Prize include MBA course “Twenty-First Century Energy” by Martha Crawford, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School; MBA and undergraduate course “Managing Global Sustainability Challenges” by Carol Hee, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and undergraduate course “Sustainable Business in Iceland” by Andrew Hoffman, the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business/School of Environment & Sustainability at the University of Michigan.

This year’s pool of submissions included courses taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in business schools across the United States and abroad. The courses covered a range of topics, and there was a general trend toward mainstreaming sustainability in required courses. The Page Prize committee evaluated the pool of submissions based on course content, originality, and ability to replicate across other universities and programs.

The syllabi and course materials for the award-winning courses are maintained in a searchable database for other educators to use in the development of their own sustainability courses. The Page Prize demonstrates the Moore School’s continuing commitment to promote the development of sustainability curricula and being a leader in business education.

For more information on the Page Prize, visit moore.sc.edu/pageprize. The call for submissions for the 2019 Page Prize will open in December 2019.