The Academy of Management Honors UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for Course Innovation

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The course enhances MBA students’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills with a unique model of experiential learning in sustainability

The sustainability course is part of UNC Kenan-Flagler's 15-year commitment to the triple bottom line.

“This award identifies the UNC Kenan-Flagler course as one of the very finest innovations in the area of entrepreneurship this year.”

The Academy of Management (AOM) has honored the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School for curricular innovation.

The Entrepreneurship Division of the AOM and McGraw-Hill selected Lisa Jones Christensen, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, to receive the 2014 Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award for the “Sustainability Leadership Capstone.”

The course takes place mostly away from campus and enhances MBA students’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills with a unique model of experiential learning in sustainability.

“This award identifies the UNC Kenan-Flagler course as one of the very finest innovations in the area of entrepreneurship this year,” said Noam Wasserman, associate professor at Harvard Business School and chairman of the selection committee.

The course uses entrepreneurship to advance leadership skills and students’ knowledge of sustainable business practices, with a framework that compares local and international sustainability issues. It synthesizes and deepens students’ mastery of core business practices through real-life partnerships, individualized feedback, classroom simulations and a focus on design-thinking and guided reflection.

Students take no other classes during the seven-week term. Designed to change every year, the students engage in projects in Eastern North Carolina and internationally, including Kenya and Ethiopia in recent years and with a destination in India planned for 2015. “They leave the formal classroom behind and join partners to co-create solutions to entrepreneurial challenges using a sustainability lens,” said Jones Christensen.

“My name is on this award but offering the class is a true team effort, and without Tracy Triggs-Matthews, CSE associate director, and professors Nick Didow, Chris Wedding and Tim Flood the course just wouldn’t be possible,” said Jones Christensen. “We share a dedication to preparing our graduates to be change agents and use what they learned at UNC Kenan-Flagler for both the bottom line and the greater good.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler is renowned for its expertise in the areas of entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise, which give students opportunities to learn theories and skills and put them into practice even before they graduate. Its innovative Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) is celebrating 15 years of leadership and over 550 MBA students who graduated with an enrichment concentration in sustainable enterprise. The powerful alumni network includes leaders working at corporations like Bank of America and Deloitte, as well as at growing organizations like SJF Ventures and North Highlands and creating their own ventures.

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About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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