It is still over a month before I step foot inside E62 as a member of the class of 2015, but my excitement levels have reached an all-time high.
Over the last month, I’ve met several future classmates as they visit London, and I’m not sure if it is serendipity, or my penchant for bring up the topic, but most classmates seem eager to make sustainability an integral part of their business education.
These one-off conversations point to a larger trend. Whether we recognize it now, or later, sustainability thinking is already playing an important role in the business world. Just read Jeremy Grantham’s latest quarterly letter for a quick (and dire) synopsis on the impact of unsustainable business practices.
Then there is this recent article from the FT, which caused my excitement barometer to spike yet again. As the FT article points out, Business Schools are institutions and, almost by definition, institutions move slowly and adapt to change reluctantly.
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As many of my future classmates understand, there is no better place to equip oneself with the tools to address current sustainability challenges than at Sloan. From what I can tell, Sloan is ahead of the rest when it comes to integrating sustainability into its business curriculum.
Case in point: the school’s sustainability certificate. Sustainability is an expansive topic straddling a number of academic fields. The certificate program is designed to tackle complex issues by fostering a multidisciplinary approach to educating Sloan students.
First and foremost, future leaders must shift the paradigm of thinking about sustainability as an inhibitor or restriction, and, instead, frame sustainability as an opportunity, and as an accelerator of long-term profits and a driver to a better world. According to Caroline Mauldin (class of 2014) this re-framing is already taking place at Sloan.
I’m excited to see how professors at Sloan bring the technical, quantitative prowess of MIT together with latest in management strategy to equip students with the tools necessary to meet the sustainability challenges facing our society. My personal interest is in addressing sustainability in the built environment, and I’m looking forward to meeting with classmates that have expertise in the real estate and infrastructure sector, as well as students at the MIT Center for Real Estate and Department of Urban Studies + Planning.
While to some sustainability is just a fad, I want to be part of a generation that’s solidifying the principles of sustainability into management best practices, similar to how IT is inextricably linked to business strategy and practice even if some considered it a “fad” in the 1990’s.
From where I stand, the momentum behind the sustainability movement is evident, and will continue to build. That is why I’ve selected an MBA program that is the best equipped to help me lead the charge.