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.
by Leon Cauthen
Backcasting 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.
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.
Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices
Designed by Torie Beedle
Illustrated by Forest Stearns
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.