Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Employers today want people with the skills and desire to meet the growing business challenges of balancing people, planet, and profit. With this in mind, the University of Wisconsin’s Sustainable Management programs are designed to equip you with the management skills and problem-solving knowledge to navigate our new economy and lead sustainable business practices and initiatives.

What are the program outcomes?

The program outcomes are specific areas of content knowledge that must be mastered to earn your degree and succeed in your career in Sustainable Management. Depending on whether you are seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree, these outcomes will vary based on the skills you will need to do well at each level.

By earning your bachelor’s degree, you will understand:

  • The similarities and differences among world cultures, religions, and economic forces—and how to apply this cultural understanding to real-life business issues
  • How to navigate political landscapes at various levels (local, state, national, international), and how individuals can engage and impact political processes
  • How global political issues work, the components of international politics, and the connections among politics, the environment, economics, and human welfare
  • How gender is perceived in various parts of the world; the impacts of gender roles on the environment, politics, and economics; and how to function within those cultural differences most effectively
  • How to identify potential, innovative, and symbiotic relationships between producers and manufacturers
  • Carbon trading and carbon credits—specifically, how the economy is expected to react to this new currency and how corporations can be part of the process
  • The science behind climate change and global warming, as well as the policy and economic implications of global warming on businesses and societies
  • Water policy and water science—specifically, how to reduce water use; how to increase efficiencies of water use; what is dry-base processing; how water policy and water law function and are implemented and enforced
  • Logistics and transportation of raw materials
  • How supply chain structures function, and how opportunities to brand are identified and created
  • The mechanics of energy generation, energy infrastructure, energy management, energy policy, and energy purchasing
  • Marketing, communications, and public affairs with a focus on the human impacts of manufacturing
  • How to perform financial ratio analyses and financial feasibility analyses, and how to incorporate hard-value benefits and costs in finance
  • How to perform industry-specific triple bottom line investigations while fostering an inclusive approach with identical stakeholders
  • How to create industry-specific proposals that address triple bottom line feasibility factors

Upon completion of your master’s degree, you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate complex issues related to sustainability
  • Analyze the relationship between human activity and the natural, social, and economic environments
  • Apply performance metrics utilizing financial, natural, and social capital to drive organizational decision making
  • Understand and synthesize the role and impact of the built environment
  • Evaluate the social and political impact of sustainability in political systems and their obligations to future generations
  • Examine how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations
  • Apply sustainable management principles to impact the design of products, processes, energy production and use, waste minimization, and pollution prevention