A critical part of the learning happens where business is embedded and integrated across disciplines. The Oregon MBA program enables students to take advantage of the UO’s world-renowned green chemistry education and research, highly regarded architecture and green design program, or the environmental/natural resources law center, as well as choose from electives in such disciplines as economics, public relations, nonprofit management, environmental studies, and dispute resolution.
The following are some of the interdisciplinary initiatives and programs in which our sustainable Oregon MBA students typically partner and participate.
Product Design Program
The UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA) houses a robust Product Design Program grounded in the use, invention, and production of manufactured goods and based in the history and practice of interior architecture, design and visual arts disciplines. MBA students can leverage the Center for Sustainable Business Practices connections to the program to partner with counterparts in UO A&AA interested in market feasibility and analysis of sustainably designed products, as well as to help optimize supply chains in order to bring product concepts to commercial reality.
Discover the UO Product Design Program.
MBA students interested in running or founding a nonprofit, can connect and have partnered on projects with the nonprofit management program in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. With approximately 8 percent of U.S. total employment in the nonprofit sector—more than the number employed in construction, transportation and communication, finance, insurance, real estate or agriculture—MBA students can develop the skills necessary to manage and lead financially stable, innovative and effective organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
Read about the Nonprofit Management Program.
Sustainable Cities Initiative
The Sustainable Cities Initiative is a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that seeks to promote education, service, public outreach and research on the design and development of sustainable cities. The program brings together law, MBA, planning, and architecture students to study and provide technical assistance to Oregon cities related to sustainable building and development, business growth, economic impact and incentives, and more, Started in 2009, the initiative has worked with the cities of Gresham, Salem, and Springfield in Oregon.
See in-depth information and project lists related to the Sustainable Cities Initiative.