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MBA Sustainable Fashion Operations


Women working in fashion

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    12-24 months Completion Time
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    14 courses/ 42 credits

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Fashion Operations at Lasell University will help you become a leader who drives innovation in sustainability in the fashion industry.  You will gain awareness of the main challenges of sustainable fashion and use innovative thinking to develop future-oriented solutions.    If you are seeking to advance your career in the sustainable fashion industry and want to help make a change towards sustainability while also being ethically responsible, this program will instill the knowledge you need to be successful.  

What you will learn:

  • Become a successful leader that continually evolves, innovates and implements new business strategies, ideas and practices
  • Plan and apply critical skills of project management to ensure projects are on time, on budget and meet business goals
  • Examine the supply chain and quality of sustainable fashion development 
  • Explore and analyze the Fashion industry's triple bottom line, sustainable sourcing issues, fair trade and ethical practices, resource efficiency, and waste and surplus reduction
  • Develop effective frameworks and emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry and product lifecycle management
  • Adopt innovative and visionary approaches to building a sustainable fashion brand's identity, awareness, recognition, loyalty, equity and retention.

Advance your career

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the fashion industry generates more than 10 million tons of textile waste per year in the U.S. alone. Because the consumer is more aware than ever before about the negative impact the fashion industry has on the environment, they are looking to buy from brands who are ethical with their sourcing, develop sustainable products and operations.    As this trend of sustainability accelerates,  so will the demand for employees to have the knowledge and skills to lead a fashion brand in the right direction.  Your graduate degree will give you the qualifications to fill  roles such as:

  • Ethical Trade/ Sustainable Sourcing Manager
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Product Innovation Manager
  • Product Sustainability Manager
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Project Managers
  • Executive Managers
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Executive Officer
  • Supply Chain managers
  • Marketing Manager

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Below is the curriculum for the MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Fashion Operations: 

MGMT700 Global Leadership 3
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management 3
MGMT714 Principles of Project Management 3
MGMT728 Human Resource Management 3
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing 3
MGMT769 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making 3
MGMT770 Managerial Economics 3
MGMT771 Accounting for Managers 3
MGMT772 Financial Analysis for Managers 3
MGMT773 Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture 3
Sustainable Fashion Operations Concentration Courses (4 required)
FASH749 Fashion Ethics 3
FASH761 Sustainable Fashion Sourcing & Quality Management 3
FASH762 Sustainable Innovation & Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry 3
FASH763 Fashion Brand Development & Management 3
Total Credits 42


MGMT700 - Global Leadership - 3 Credits

This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability. Formerly MBA706

MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management - 3 Credits

This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches. Formerly MBA713

MGMT714 - Principles of Project Management - 3 Credits

This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

MGMT728 - Human Resource Management - 3 Credits
This course examines the staffing function of management, including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager, including the changing workforce and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.

MGMT745 - Strategic Marketing - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of data-driven strategic marketing, the management, planning and control of the function and the process. Designed as a foundation course for the Masters in Marketing, an emphasis is placed on developing the skills to lead, plan, implement and measure strategic marketing initiatives within the dynamics of today's organization. Formerly MGMT706

MGMT749 - Ethical Theory & Management - 3 credits

This introduces the discipline of ethical analysis and its application to management. The course examines different methods of value clarifications, the sources of ethical conflict in management practices, the structure of ethical argu­ments, as well as the ethical theories and principles associated with management. The course also explores how these concepts are concretely applied in organizations and professional life. Formerly MBA707

MGMT769 - Stat Tech & Analysis for Decision Making - 3 Credits

This course covers basic statistical techniques in a managerial setting featuring case studies and conceptual exercises. Statistical topics include effective use of numerical and graphical summaries, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. A few more advanced topics such as data mining, the Bayesian paradigm and principles of model building may be encountered during projects. Formerly MBA709

MGMT770 - Managerial Economics - 3 Credits

Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision-making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency. The emphasis in this course will be on-demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, forecasting and decision making under uncertainty. The course provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision making. Topics include competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis.

MGMT771 - Accounting for Managers - 3 Credits

As the language of business and the cornerstone of our capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to analyze and understand the financial consequences of business activities. This course explains the basics of accounting, links accounting to financial statements analyzes financial statements and works through economic analysis of investments. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The course highlights how managers use cost, cash flow and financial reporting information in their decisions. Pre-requisites: PMBA 708, 709, 710 with a grade of B- or better. Formerly MBA711

MGMT772 - Financial Analysis for Managers - 3 Credits

The primary purpose of this course is to help you develop a high degree of financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise to enhance your capabilities as an informed manager and decision-maker. This course also has a global perspective that examines the operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm. Formerly MBA712

MGMT773 - Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation - 3 Credits

Entrepreneurship is the process of creating and growing new businesses and is fundamentally concerned with the identification and exploitation of opportunities for wealth creation (profit). Successful entrepreneurs generate wealth by identifying opportunities for value creation and then develop competitive advantages to exploit them. The broad objective of this course will be to apply insights from the fields of strategic management and economics to the process of entrepreneurship to understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful entrepreneurial firms.

Sustainable Fashion Operations Concentration Courses (4 Required)

FASH749 - Fashion Ethics

FASH761 - Sustainable Fashion Sourcing & Quality Management - 3 Credits

Sustainable Fashion Sourcing and Quality Management focuses on the study of the supply chain with special emphasis on the practice of quality sustainable fashion development. Consideration of fashion businesses' impact on society, the planet, and local and international economies (triple bottom line or TBL) is explored and analyzed. Examining a wide range of sustainable sourcing issues including, global trade infrastructure and operations, fair trade and ethical practices, and increased efficacy and efficiency in resource utilization, the course highlights recent practices that consider TBL and waste and surplus reduction. The course also explores the important value of total quality management or TQM in the development and subsequent delivery of fashion products and services across the globe. 

FASH762 - Sustainable Innovation & Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry - 3 Credits

Sustainable Innovation and Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry facilitates research and exploration of effective frameworks and best practices in Circular and Smart design and other emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry. Students consider complex fashion system dynamics, with respect to socially, economically, and environmentally responsible decision-making in all areas of product lifecycle management. Through research, analysis, and case studies, students examine value-creation driven by a sustainable, ethical, and/or responsible ethos and business practices achieved in large part by leveraging technology and innovation.

FASH763 - Fashion Brand Development & Management - 3 Credits

Fashion Brand Development and Management equips students with the requisite tools to develop innovative and visionary approaches to ideating, creating, and managing the essence of a brand. Methods for building brand identity, awareness, recognition, loyalty, equity, and extensions are examined, with exploration of the fashion brand as ethical, sustainable, and responsible. Tactics and techniques for influencing brand perception and associations as well as rebranding are also covered. Fashion communication issues pertaining to merchandising, visual communication, and media planning are explored as they pertain to brand image and messaging. Students review brand management logistics, including issues related to product/service oversight for brand cohesion and consistency, business operations and performance metrics, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, contracts, and licensing. External factors that influence brand and the branding process are studied, including those which necessitate an understanding of the interrelationship between consumer, society, industry and environment.

Course Schedule

Spring 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
SPRING MAIN 1/22 - 5/11
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing On-Campus Blended Plumb, Chelsey
MGMT763 Employee Learning & Development On-Campus Blended Howard, Kim
MGMT765 Project, Program, & Portfolio Management On-Campus Blended Sawhney, Anil
MGMT767 Risk Management On-Campus Blended Sawhney, Anil
SPRING 1: 1/22 - 3/10
MGMT728 Human Resource Management Online Parry, Robin
MGMT769 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making Online Borden, Dan
SPRING 2: 3/23 - 5/11
MGMT700 Global Leadership Online Parry, Robin
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management Online Pineault, Gerry
MGMT749 Ethical Theory & Management Online Carvalho, Kathy
MGMT752 Change Management Online Carvalho, Kathy
MGMT766 PM Tools & Technology Online Sawhney, Anil
MGMT770 Managerial Economics Online Johansson, Tulin
MGMT773 Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation Online McGeough, Bob

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