Strategy for Sustainability

This course is designed to help students analyze and develop strategies for any type of organization- including both overall corporate strategy and sustainability strategy. The course will introduce a variety of frameworks for analyzing, developing and implementing effective strategies. We’ll use a variety of core readings from HBS that define strategy as an integrated set of choices that position the business to generate superior returns in the long run. As a foundation, strategy will use Michael Porter’s Forces Framework to guide analysis. Core readings and frameworks will be illustrated by a variety of case studies to demonstrate how such theories are applied in different industries, markets and organizations.

The key learning objectives for this course:
  • Strategic Analysis- Learn how to apply strategy frameworks to assess strategic positioning of a company or organization including concepts of industry analysis and competitive advantage.
  • Models of Strategic Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • Sources of Competitive Advantage
  • Strategy Development- Learn key elements of formulating a compelling and effective strategy, including what makes a set of choices a “strategy”.  
  • Strategy Development
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • Internal Alignment on Strategy
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • International Strategy
  • Materiality and Sustainability Strategy- Apply the concepts of materiality as the foundation for sustainability strategy and integrate the strategy frameworks towards development of a sustainability strategy
  • Sustainability Materiality
  • Strategy Implementation-  Learn key success criteria for successful implementation of a strategy as well as concept of balanced scorecard to monitor long term performance. 
  • Balanced Scorecard

Current Course Descriptions

  • Principles of Sustainable Management (POSM)
  • Economics for Decision-making
  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Accounting and the Integrated Bottom Line
  • NYCLab
  • Globalization and Emerging Markets
  • Operations and Supply Chains
  • Finance for Sustainability
  • Customers and Marketing
  • Data, Analytics, and Decisions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leading Change in Organizations
  • Strategy for Sustainability
  • Employees and Organizations
  • Circular Value Chain Management
  • Sustaining a Mission-Driven Organization
  • ImpactLab: Defining the Future of Finance
  • Business and Sustainable Development
  • Capstone