COURSE NUMBER: MBA277.4

 

COURSE TITLE: Environmental Management & Public Policy

 

UNITS OF CREDIT:2 units

 

INSTRUCTOR: David Vogel

 

E-MAIL ADDRESS: vogel@haas.berkeley.edu  

 

CLASS WEB PAGE LOCATION: http://bspace.berkeley.edu   

 

MEETING DAY(S)/TIME: Tuesday 2:00 4:00PM

 

PREREQUISITE(S): None

 

CLASS FORMAT: The class will consist of a mixture of lectures and student discussion.

 

REQUIRED READINGS : There will be a course reader comprised of case-studies and topical readings on management strategies and the environmental policy-making. 

 

BASIS FOR FINAL GRADE: three 5-7 page individual student papers that expand upon one of the topics covered in the class (75%) and class participation (25%) 

 

ABSTRACT OF COURSE'S CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this class is to critically explore a wide range of important private and public policy iniaitives to address current environmental challenges.  A primary focus  is on the changing dynamics of the relationship between management environmental strategies and public environmental policies: corporate practices play an important role in both causing and ameliorating environmental problems, while public policies both constrain and facilitate improvements in corporate environmental performance. It is intended to  both help managers better understand the public policy process - and the role business plays in it - and help  students of public policy to better understand  the impact of government regulation on business.  The class will have a broad focus, exploring business strategies and public policies in California, the United States, the European Union, China, and internationally.  Topics will includethe making of  international environmental agreements, chemical regulation, green product labeling and green building certification, risk assessment, crisis management, trade and environment, a comparsion of environmental policy in Californria, the United States, and Europe, environmental life-cycle analysis, the "greening" of global supply chains, and voluntary business codes.   

        

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

David Vogel is a professor in the Haas School of Business and the Department of Political Science.  He is the author or editor of several books on environmental policy and corporate responsiblity including , National Styles of Regulation: Environmental Policy in Great Britain and the United States; Trading Up:  Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy; Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US, and California;  The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limts of Corporate Social Responsiblity;  and Global Challenges in Responsible Business.

The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States will be published in spring, 2012