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Approx. 20 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Business Administration (iMBA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 6 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Meet Prof. Viswanathan1m
4 readings
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz30m
4 hours to complete

Module 1: Sustainability and Consumption

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
6 videos
Lesson 1-2.1 Project: Focus on Problem and Opportunity2m
Lesson 1-2.2 Needs Immersion2m
Lesson 1-2.3 Project Resources10m
Lesson 1-3.1 Sustainable Consumption17m
Like this course? Learn more with the iMBA! (Optional)1m
1 reading
Module 1 Readings and Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Lesson 1-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 1-2 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 1-3 Practice Quiz30m
Module 1 Quiz30m

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Module 2: Sustainable Product Design and Market Research

5 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lesson 2-1.2 Idea Generation2m
Lesson 2-2.1 Sustainable Market Research8m
Lesson 2-3.1 Sustainable Product Design9m
Lesson 2-4.1 Bottom-Up Immersion, Emersion, and Design5m
1 reading
Module 2 Readings and Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Lesson 2-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 2-2 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 2-3 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 2-4 Practice Quiz30m
Module 2 Quiz40m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Module 3: Sustainable Value Chains and Communications

5 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Lesson 3-1.2 Idea Generation2m
Lesson 3-1.3 Case Study in Bottom-Up Design30m
Lesson 3-2.1 Sustainable Value Chains and Communications10m
Lesson 3-3.1 Sustainable Finance and Accounting: Introduction32s
Lesson 3-3.2 Sustainable Finance and Accounting2m
Lesson 3-4.1 Case Analysis5m
1 reading
Module 3 Readings and Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Lesson 3-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 3-2 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 3-3 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 3-4 Practice Quiz30m
Module 3 Quiz30m

Week 4

5 hours to complete


5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 142 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
12 videos
Lesson 4-1.2 Sustainable Business Enterprises Part 210m
Lesson 4-2.1 Bottom-Up Perspective on Emerging Markets4m
Lesson 4-3.1 Sustainable Global Business Horizons10m
Lesson 4-4.1 Bottom-Up Immersion, Design, Innovation and Enterprise20m
A Conversation about Bottom-Up Enterprises Introduction1m
Charting a Bottom-Up Journey19m
Implementing Bottom-Up Enterprises19m
Sustaining Bottom-Up Enterprises17m
Guiding Values & Lessons Learned13m
Essence of the Bottom-Up Approach5m
Gies Online Programs3m
2 readings
Module 4 Readings and Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Lesson 4-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 4-2 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 4-3 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 4-4 Practice Quiz30m
Module 4 Quiz30m



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About the Global Challenges in Business Specialization

Learning Outcomes for the Specialization: Upon completion of this specialization, you will be able to: Understand how businesses function in the global marketplace. Make ethical decisions to run a responsible business in the global marketplace. Understand the role of business in addressing global challenges such as poverty and the environment. Understand how business can pursue opportunities and confront challenges in the complex global marketplace....
Global Challenges in Business

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