Many businesses have internal departments that focus solely on testing out new sustainability ideas. Ideas that work then get embedded across other parts of the business. Ideas that don’t work become opportunities to learn something new that can be applied to future projects. Many innovative products and services have come from these types of departments.
MBA programmes are in an ideal position to implement similar Test Labs that bring together expert faculty, international multi-disciplinary students and alumni and representatives from the community to explore sustainability challenges and test out new ideas in a safe and creative environment.
The Test Lab of the Future MBA would not only explore sustainability challenges faced by the local and international community and business community, but also sustainability challenges on campus. It would be a space to explore the development of new courses, revisit existing course or to start new campus greening projects.
Successes and lessons learned here could be applied and share across the school and the community.