BSUS 7401 is a project based capstone course. As a capstone experience, the course is meant to serve an integrative role, bringing together all the concepts from the course work in the first term of the program. The course will consist of a project that will focus upon Sustainable Leadership within organizationsIn this course students will form teams based upon their interests and begin developing a Sustainable Implementation Plan for an organization. All of the other courses in the first term are designed with the goal of feeding the Capstone Course. That is, all of the other courses will provide the knowledge, skills and abilities for students to successfully meet the requirements of BSUS 7401. Thus, this course is designed to explore the interfaces between sustainability, leadership and change management, operations management, marketing management, and environmental law within the context of entrepreneurial ventures, innovative for profit corporations, and non-profit ventures. The focus of this course is on gaining new venture/implementation experience. Students will learn how to identify a good business or change management opportunity by evaluating the needs in the community, environmental forces creating the opportunity, and the profit potential of the business opportunity. The central focus of the course will be on the Capstone Project, where students not only have to come up with an innovative concept or idea, but also have to meet the test of implementation. Note: This course is offered in the Fall term.
At the end of this course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to scientific inquiry and the research process – from general epistemology through to more detailed methods, via analysis of the demands of a peer reviewed proposal.
Effectively execute the research process (i) in this broader context (ii) and by means of a scientific research proposal by examining the details of a contemporary and critical sustainability/environmental/social problem or opportunity.
Research, develop and integrate components of a business/sustainability plan including an industry analysis, product/service, design and development plan, operations, timeline and critical risks, and the proposed business offering.
Conduct primary and secondary research for the business venture/implementation including appropriate due diligence assessment and summarize scientific papers and clearly convey ideas and criticisms in writing.
Evaluate and critique the business model, and strategic plan of a business venture/implementation to ensure sustainable growth/change.
Demonstrate the capacity to think strategically about a business venture in a complex and changing environment.
Present an innovative business/sustainability concept plan to a panel of judges including management, potential investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, leaders in the community and other stakeholders.
Integrate knowledge and skills from the first term coursework to produce an exceptional business or sustainability concept plan/proposal.
Demonstrate leadership and organization skills by establishing priorities, setting realistic expectations, and completing objectives within a team environment.
Effective as of Fall 2012
BSUS 7401 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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