Curriculum

Center for Responsible Business

Independent Studies

As an MBA student, you can immerse yourself in real-life sustainability issues faced by enterprises. You will conduct research, engage stakeholders, and work in small teams alongside senior managers and faculty members. The program culminates with a presentation of your recommendations to high-ranking executives. Many students continue as paid interns.

You receive one to three Independent Study Credits (MBA 293) for completing a semester-long fellowship. Examples of recent MBA Independent Study Projects include:

2015

Fellows researched and made recommendations on executive compensation and political contributions as part of a comprehensive proxy voting framework for the UC Berkeley Foundation.

2013

Fellows researched trends and opportunities that will influence Dow Chemical actions over the next 15 years and provided input on focus areas for Dow's 2020 sustainability goals.

2012

Fellows partnered with Walmart and the Environmental Defense Fund to implement Walmart's Sustainability Index with merchants and suppliers.

For more information, contact Robert Strand.