To be a good manager, you have to understand “science and the physical limits of our world,” argues Steve Cohen, a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
The director of Columbia’s Earth Institute, Cohen believes the issue at hand isn’t a moral one—it’s an economic one. He believes that knowledge of resource-use, waste management, and ecosystems will heavily influence organizations’ abilities to “survive and thrive” in the future.
“Before long, all competent management will be sustainability management,” he contends.
According to Cohen, a handful of business schools—Arizona State, UCSB, MIT, and, yes, Columbia—have already made strides in this key area by adding new sustainability courses.
To learn more about sustainability as a core b-school issue, check out Cohen’s Academic Minute on Inside Higher Ed. And if you’re interested in “green” issues, don’t forget to check out The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges!