Master in Sustainable Management and Technology

We train the next generation of leaders to integrate environmental and societal concerns into their business models while resolutely exploiting the promises of new technologies.
Official launch: Autumn 2020
First cohort of students to start class in September 2021

Mission

The aim of the new program is to train the next generation of entrepreneurs & intra-preneurs to conduct business for the benefit of their organization, the environment, and society in general.

Participants are motivated and equipped to make their organization a creator of economic and social value while preserving society’s capital (inclusive of its environmental and social capital). They share the conviction that the integration of better economic governance with thoughtful and innovative technology is an effective way to address the world’s main challenges.

The graduates of the program are:

  • Keenly sensitive to the big societal challenges: ethical, social, economic and political
  • Awakened to the potential of (reformed) organizations in addressing these challenges and creating social welfare
  • Fluent in what it takes to manage organizations
  • Technology-savvy: they grasp both the challenges and the opportunities offered by technology, notably through a fluency with the language of engineers and a deep practice of interdisciplinary exchanges, and skillful at managing change, bringing together technology, management, and culture in service of their organization and society

Highlights of the program

The Master is a 4 semester (2 years) program. It is a “pre-experience Bologna” master, aimed at students who have just graduated with a bachelor’s degree and not at participants holding an executive position in industry.

The technological dimension of the program builds on two pillars. The first is a major investment in data science: big data management, econometrics and machine learning are the core of the toolbox that all our students will be required to master.

Data science 

  • Data analysis and measurement; databases incl. geo-coded data; Data analysis
  • Methodology: Econometrics; Machine learning
  • Causality analysis, interpretable machine learning

The second pillar of the technological training is an in-depth introduction by specialists of the relevant EPFL Schools to a broad range of technological developments of predictable importance for the future along the following lines.

Technology and the economy of the future

  • Intelligent systems and digital trust
  • Robotics and the future of production
  • New tools & research strategies in personalized health
  • Energy supply, economics and transition
  • The science of climate change

Based on these technological foundations the program offers an analytical overview of the grand challenges confronting business and society before revisiting the key management functions as they are impacted by technology and re-engineered towards sustainability.

The global environment: the grand challenges

  • History of development & growth
  • Income distribution & inequalities
  • The political environment and democratic challenges
  • History of the firm
  • The economic, political and cultural globalization
  • Climate change: consequences and implications
  • The legal & institutional environment

Changing management for changing society

  • Sustainable accounting
  • Project management
  • Sustainable and entrepreneurial finance
  • Marketing and sustainable consumption in a digital world
  • Leadership essentials
  • Digitalization robotic and sustainable logistics
  • Entrepreneurship: for profit & non-profit
  • Legal implications of digitalization
  • Strategy and disruption
  • Strategy execution
  • Strategic partnership

Ethics & critical thinking

  • The tool box of ethical theories
  • Political theories of justice
  • Applied ethics (to business, economics, technology)
  • Basics in logical reasoning
  • From frames and biases to doubt and fake news

Complex problem solving in organizations

  • Framing & diagnosing complex problems
  • Finding innovative solutions & decisions making
  • Building support with stakeholders

Strategy & disruption

Each Semester starts with an immersion week focused on “Transferable skills”:

  • Improve your personal effectiveness
  • Improve your organizational effectiveness
  • Improve your societal effectiveness

The last half of Semester 3 is devoted to Transformative Projects, with group work (mixed groups of 4 participants, 2 engineers and 2 non-engineers). Topics and questions are provided by industry partners. They span the various challenges the program is concerned with.