Exemplary Student Work

Students assignments include: research, consulting projects, business plans, marketing proposals, strategic plans.

Students in the MBA complete a variety of assignments: research, consulting projects, business plans, marketing proposals, strategic plans and many others.  Listed below are a sample of the types of assignments our students have completed.  We share these examples as exemplars because of the quality of the work and ability to capture the essence of sustainability.

Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices

Designed by Torie Beedle Illustrated by Forest Stearns

Visual aid of analysis of Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices

MBA students Torie Beedle and Forest Stearns used a graphic visual aid for a case study presentation.  For their presentation, the students analyzed Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. practices with respect to sustainable supply chain management.

See graphic visual aid.

John Deere & Co. Strategic Investor Plan

by Jerid Bethke

MBA student Jerid Bethke recommended that John Deere & Co. reduce its debt, postpone further divestitures, and repurchase stock based on the timing of favorable market valuation.

John Deer & Co. Strategic Investor Plan PDF

Community Kitchen: Business Case for Gleaning

by Laurie Caldwell, Paul Farella, Geoff Riggs

The Community Kitchen: A Business Case for Gleaning

In Managerial & Financial Accounting, students must research a business and make a case for a new business operation. Three students made the business case for enhancing the operations of the Community Kitchen in Keene, NH.

Community Kitchen: Business Case for Gleaning (PDF)


by Leon Cauthen

Backcasting project by Leon CauthenBackcasting is a tool used by the Natural Step process and is seen as a helpful divergent process that allows people to look at current status through the lens of working backwards from a vision of wild success. MBA student Leon Cauthen nested his Practicum project in a longer term goal on sustainable development.

See Backcasting chart prepared by Leon Cauthen (PDF)