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Management Ph.D. at MUM focuses on sustainable business practices and developing consciousness
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20 March 2012
The Management Ph.D. programme at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Iowa, USA has recently developed a new emphasis on sustainability. Dr Dennis Heaton, Dean of International Programmes at MUM and co-director of the Ph.D. programme, spoke about this emphasis as well as the success of the programme's students and faculty members.
According to MUM's website, 'The Ph.D. program in Management at MUM explores how organizations create sustainable value that fulfills the interests of the organization through producing positive impacts for society and the environment.'
In addition, one of the main goals of the programme is giving students the tools to manage the transformation of organizations toward sustainable practices.
Co-Director Dr Heaton is currently assisting the Ph.D. students' research in areas of socially and environmentally responsible management, including such topics as the effects of green buildings on human resources and how to utilize consciousness-based programmes to eliminate poverty.
The new emphasis of the Ph.D. in Management, said Dr Heaton, arose from the natural interest and inclination of the students in researching the areas of sustainability and consciousness.
The students are interested in 'how consciousness applies to making a more sustainable future,' Dr Heaton remarked.
'When we think about the relationship between consciousness and sustainability, we can say that the evolution or development of individual and collective consciousness cultivates the capability necessary for creating sustainable values,' Dr Heaton said, elaborating on the link between consciousness and sustainability.
He feels that the three capabilities necessary to create an emphasis on sustainable values are systems thinking, collaborative relationships, and creative visioning.
Collaborative relationships are important because 'sustainability requires seeing the relationships of things in larger wholes' and being able to see how the small parts relate to the larger whole.
Dr Heaton concluded, 'Collaborative relationships are also essential because no one party has the whole story about sustainability. We need to learn to work together.'
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