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BA612: Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid

Are you interested in sustainable development, poverty alleviation strategies and cross-disciplinary work?

If so, U-M graduate students can enroll in Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid (BA612) for the Fall B (Nov. 1-Dec. 13) 2016 semester. This half-semester graduate course explores the growing alignment between global efforts to create a more inclusive world and opportunities to build market-based enterprises that serve the needs of the poor. Students will learn practical concepts, tools and frameworks for developing and evaluating business approaches that address unmet societal needs for the base of the pyramid (BoP) — the four billion low-income people who live in the informal sector in the developing world.

Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid is a non-technical course requiring no special business background. An objective of the class is to incorporate perspectives from a mix of students from across campus. As such, the course is designed to be highly interactive, and sharing knowledge and experiences from different viewpoints is an important outcome. In prior years, the course has drawn students from a variety of non-business disciplines, including Applied Economics, Asian Studies, Engineering, Education, Information, Kinesiology, Law, Natural Resources and Environment, Pharmacy, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health, Social Work, and Urban Planning.

The course is available for registration on Wolverine Access to graduate students across campus. You can register for either section 001 (meets during the day) or section 002 (meets in the early evening).

Only a limited number of seats are available, so I encourage you to register early if you are interested in taking the course.

For more information please see this course description.