INSEAD’s renewed MBA curriculum leads the way in equipping future business leaders with skills to integrate social and environmental issues into decisions

INSEAD’s renewed MBA curriculum

INSEAD, the business school for the world, has announced the completion of its MBA curriculum review. The renewed MBA curriculum will embed sustainability into all 14 core courses and introduce a mandatory capstone challenging students to integrate sustainability learnings across all management areas.

INSEAD prides itself on continuous innovation. By strengthening its flagship programme’s focus on sustainability, INSEAD once again leads the way in sustainable and socially responsible business education.

The renewed MBA curriculum meets the increasing demand for sustainability-focused leaders in the job market. It equips future business leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to manage sustainability risks and opportunities in business, enabling them to make better decisions and integrate performance and progress. It also inspires them to champion creative sustainable solutions that address global challenges.

In recent years, INSEAD has been increasingly incorporating sustainability topics into its core courses. This process is now complete – by redefining sustainability in business as integration of social and environmental issues into business decisions and embedding a learning objective related to sustainability in all of its MBA core courses.

Students can further tailor the programme to suit their individual interests, choosing from a wide selection of over 75 elective courses across nine different academic areas. The most recent additions include Energy Transition Finance and Well Being at Work and Thoughtful Consumption. New electives will be added every six months to support learning of the latest business practices.

INSEAD enhanced its MBA curriculum in 2017 by introducing a Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) with leadership coaching – the largest such programme offered at any business school. The current curriculum review provides the perfect complement to it in developing MBA students with a broader understanding of leadership, ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.

The new sustainability-focused capstone will be introduced during the last period of the students’ MBA journey and is designed to put theory into practice. Students will play the roles of leaders of a company facing strategic challenges. In their analysis and decision-making, they will practice integrating sustainability into all aspects of management, including operations, strategy, accounting, finance and marketing.

Sustainability is a global challenge that requires global solutions. With locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America, and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, no other business school than INSEAD offers such a high-impact environment to facilitate sustainability discussions and cultivate sustainability-focused leaders and entrepreneurs.

INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics Ilian Mihov says, “Business schools have an important role in cultivating future leaders. At INSEAD, we strive to provide our MBA students with rigorous and relevant business education to develop them into responsible leaders who will not only deliver prosperity, but also embrace sustainable practices to lead businesses that are a force for good.”

Professor Urs Peyer, INSEAD Dean of Degree Programmes, adds, “The renewed curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools so that they can make the right choices and have their own positive impact during their careers. When they make and create solutions for a business, they will take into account the social and environmental impact. When they lead a business and appreciate the financial performance, they also keep in mind progress.”  

INSEAD is committed to fostering innovation in sustainability around its core activities, including research, teaching, learning, operations, student clubs and alumni engagement. The refreshed MBA curriculum, scheduled to be rolled out in January 2024, is the latest initiative to reinforce the school’s steadfast mission of bringing together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society.