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Sustainable Operations

Author: Vance A. Merolla

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In this course, students will work to understand and communicate the importance of incorporating  sustainability at each step along the value chain, including product design, procurement, distribution, manufacturing, product/service use and end-of-life disposition. By considering the organization holistically, students will perform analyses of the value chain , including life cycle and cost/benefit analyses, and incorporate effective sustainability strategies into the organizational culture and day-to-day operations. Students will conduct risk assessments and implement risk reduction measures with overall business goals and stakeholder requirements. In addition to technical sustainability considerations such as climate change, energy, water and waste, students will be able to implement practical sustainability initiatives within operating organizations through innovative change management, culture change and other organizational strategies. Importantly, students will be challenged to think concretely about making choices and balancing elements of the triple bottom line in an overall business context. 

Year Published: 2015

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Categories included: outreach and education, training and curricular

Keywords included: sustainable development, product design, procurement, distribution, manufacturing, product/service use and end-of-life disposition

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