Environmental challenges are embedded in the Required Curriculum through cases that connect these issues to traditional business disciplines such as strategy, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and operations. Cases are set in a variety of industry contexts, including energy, agriculture, transportation, chemicals, and investment.
Every business manager should be educated on the fundamentals of environmental issues and their connection to business management. To that end, the BEI works closely with course heads to identify opportunities to incorporate environmental content. Some of the environment-related cases recently taught in the required curriculum include:
In the Elective Curriculum, students may choose from a number of courses that explore the integration of environmental issues and management practices or that address broader issues of sustainable markets.
In their second year, students choose elective courses, many of which focus on or support the understanding of environmental issues as they relate to business. Here are the offerings for 2016-2017.
HBS students have traditionally been immersed in a case-study method that has encouraged them to think like leaders. Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) gives students meaningful opportunities to act like leaders, translating their ideas into practice. FIELD is a required first-year course that spans a full academic year and is divided into two parts: FIELD Foundations and FIELD Global Immersion.
Many FIELD Global Immersion projects frame environmental problems as business opportunities. For example, students recently worked with a Chinese solid waste recovery and recycling company to develop a service to encourage customers to recycle their cell phones and other electronics. Other students helped a Chinese agribusiness identify opportunities to support smallholder walnut farmers and grow their business. Still others helped a Moroccan company that converts used cooking oil into a cleaner form of biodiesel to start collecting used oil from individual families, in addition to the sectors that have historically supplied them from the catering, restaurant, and food manufacturing sectors.
In order to tailor their academic experience, MBA students, during their second year, may cross-register for courses in other select graduate programs. Joint degree programs exist with the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Medical School.