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Oregon State University  April 9, 2019 – 04:04 pm

BA 567, New Venture Seminar: Fund Investing in the Sustainable Economy - The New Venture Seminar focuses on the concepts, skills, know-how, and information essential to successfully launching a new venture. Brad Zenger is a Founder and Managing Director of Pivotal Investments, the Northwest's first venture capital firm enabling the sustainable economy through a disciplined, early stage investment approach. The sustainable economy is characterized by a dramatic shift in the demand for clean energy, safe water, clean air, "green" materials and healthy food. Brad also had a key leadership role in 2008 founding the Oregon Sustainability Angels Network. (New elective) BA 590, New Product Development - Cover new product development in the context of developing products in a manner that is as socially and environmentally responsible as possible. Students are challenged to examine their developments in the eyes of social and environmental stakeholders. (Required) BA 528, Financial and Cost Analysis – Coverage of Corporate Social Responsibility includes an overview of the evidence pertaining to the relationship between CSR and profitability, a discussion of issues arising from the most common definition of sustainability, and discussion of the ways in which accountants and management topics. Managers have incorporated CSR into their practice and theory, including the Balanced Scorecard, the Triple-Bottom-Line, the Global Reporting Initiative, and corporate mission statements. (Required) BA 569, Advanced Strategic Management - discuss the application of game theory to the study of alternative fuel technology innovations. Further, we discuss the role of corporate social responsibility and ethics in multiple lectures. Likewise, we discuss the varying forms of corporate governance perspectives, such as agency theory and stewardship theory. (Required) BA 531, Legal Aspects of Managing Technology and E-Business - Students study the ethical and legal implications of the Enron scandal and read Dennis Collins’ book, Behaving Badly: Ethical Lessons from Enron (2006) in preparation for writing an individual essay addressing ethical lessons for managers from the Enron Scandal based on this book. Students also read and discuss a Harvard Business Review Case Study. This case study addresses the role of managers to address ethical and legal violations within their companies. Students also study the regulatory environment of business for managers in entrepreneurial ventures including study of relevant environmental and antitrust laws, laws prohibiting bribery and obstruction of justice and laws protecting whistleblowers. (Required) BA 540, Corporate Finance - We discuss corporate social responsibility and corporate governance issues at the introductory session where we cover the goal of financial management. We discuss whether the goal is to maximize shareholder wealth or corporate wealth. By definition, corporate wealth includes all stakeholders’ benefit, not just shareholders’ wealth. To maximize corporate wealth, firms would need to consider all stakeholders that include employees, suppliers, customers, society (government), etc. and the environmental issues for sustainable business. (Required) BA 568, Integrated Business Project - BA 568 is a course that requires students to complete a business plan as a means of directing the development of a business. The business plan helps focus a business idea, chart a course for strategic business development, and facilitates setting objectives and creating evaluative benchmarks of projects. The class emphasizes projects based on research discoveries from OSU that have commercialization applications. Seven business projects in 2007-08 and five business projects in 2008-09 directly or indirectly involved business opportunities related to sustainability. Business concepts have ranged from the use of organic herbicides for use on agricultural crops to environmental cabin solutions in the aerospace industry. In 2007-8, the percentage of students that worked on business plans dealing with sustainable business opportunities was 76.7%. This year (2008-09), the percentage of students working on business projects relating to sustainability is 49%. (Required) BA561, Supply Chain Management - We discuss the impact of Lean on resource management, and concepts including triple bottom line, Natural Step Framework, closed loop supply chain, and environmental strategies. We have used two Harvard Business School (HBS) Cases and two guest speakers from Oregon companies to illustrate such concepts. Students are also exposed to the instructor’s case studies of 10 companies in the Pacific Northwest and analyze their social and environmental strategy and performance. These 10 companies cover a variety of industries including food and beverage, electronics, retail, construction and services. (Required)


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