A wider per­spec­tive

The mod­ern work­place re­quires man­agers to not only achieve eco­nomic goals but be con­scious of so­ci­o­log­i­cal and eco­log­i­cal needs of the com­pany. Turn the page to un­der­stand how an MBA can help pro­fes­sion­als pre­pare them­selves.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - By IAN JEROME LEONG

A COM­MON de­nom­i­na­tor among se­nior ex­ec­u­tives and heads of com­pa­nies the world over is a master of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Though not a pre­req­ui­site for top-level man­age­ment, un­der­go­ing the rigours of an MBA has be­come some­what of the norm as stu­dents learn a range of val­ues, ethics and busi­ness skills ben­e­fi­cial in man­ag­ing a com­pany, not to men­tion the pos­si­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing ex­ten­sive net­works for fu­ture busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In re­cent years, how­ever, in­ter­na­tional MBA pro­grammes are putting a big­ger em­pha­sis on the en­vi­ron­ment and eco­log­i­cal sus­tain­abil­ity, also known as the triple bot­tom line view­point, where the sus­tain­abil­ity of a busi­ness de­pends not only on the eco­nomic as­pect but in­volves en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial con­texts as well.

Post­grad­u­ate looks at what mod­ern MBA grad­u­ates bring to the ta­ble, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of sus­tain­abil­ity.

The cur­rent fac­tor

The topic of sus­tain­abil­ity has gained promi­nence in the last few decades due to end­less lob­by­ing by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, hu­man rights ac­tivists, non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and the re­lease of films such as An In­con­ve­nient Truth.

What’s more, the me­dia is con­stantly bom­bard­ing the pub­lic with re­ports of in­ter­na­tional events such as rapid de­for­esta­tion, ris­ing lev­els of green­house gases and sea lev­els as well as racial and gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Due to the never-end­ing pur­suit of de­vel­op­ment, the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of trade in­dus­try life cy­cles and ever-chang­ing busi­ness cul­tures, in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als seek deeper un­der­stand­ing of the en­vi­ron­ments they op­er­ate in, thus sig­nalling the need for uni­ver­si­ties to of­fer sus­tain­abil­ity – and en­vi­ron­ment-fo­cused pro­grammes that will ad­dress these con­cerns.

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