OMN 508: Introduction to Sustainability

2011-04-22 -

Course description revised.


77565 (for web registration)




Pauline Chandler






Summer 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 6/3 - 6/6 (8:30AM-5:29PM)
Tue 6/7 (8:30AM-11:59AM)
Fri 6/3 - 6/6 (8:30AM-5:29PM)
Tue 6/7 (8:30AM-11:59AM)


Competency Area: Natural Systems
Required of first year Summer 2011 entering weekend MBA students; others by written permission of Program Director provided to Registrar’s Office via Antioch email.

This survey course focuses on understanding the theoretical foundation of sustainability with a focus on complex ecological systems as essential to the origins of the concept. Beyond systems, students will explore the history of sustainability, and its emergence as a contested concept, which helps to explain its multiple interpretations across different individuals and organizations. Upon gaining the theoretical and historical perspective, students will explore how sustainability is applied in organizations through the lens of organizational sustainability. Students complete assignments designed to help them to understand the challenges and myriad interpretations of sustainability in a variety of organizations, as they begin to develop their own interpretations of sustainability. Students should check the course site on Sakai for online assignments that will begin prior to the first class meeting. Field study fee of $50.00 will be assessed.