This area pursues the generation of knowledge and interaction with organizations to promote management and public policies aimed at sustainability and sustainable development. The area brings together professors whose research agendas involve environmental, social and public issues related to sustainability and sustainable development. It is an interdisciplinary research and academic management group for the MGA and MDP programs. It also provides conceptual, methodological and pedagogical foundations that are aimed at integrating sustainability in a transversal way in all the other School of Management areas and programs and, in general, in the School's decision-making and management processes. 


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The area's professors endeavor to develop in-depth knowledge and research tools based on which to understand the different roles that organizations and public policies play in the creation and especially in the solution of our society's most pressing problems. Our interdisciplinary perspective integrates different disciplines and areas of knowledge –from administration, natural sciences, geography, economy, engineering and sociology, among others— in the study of organizations and public policies and their interaction with the most pressing contemporary socio-environmental problems. We also seek to contribute to promoting changes towards a more equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically viable society, through the generation of knowledge, the development and application of management tools and capacity building among professionals who lead change processes in organizations and territories. We deal with social and environmental innovation in companies and value chains, models of territorial government, alliances between organizations, social and environmental development policies, models of biodiversity conservation, landscape management, among others.

The point of departure for this area is the paradigm of sustainable development that attempts to reconcile increased well-being, and reduced poverty and inequity, with planetary limits. That is, to understand that organizations function in an economy that operates within a finite system of resources. In this context, any economic or social objective must be achieved within a safe operating space for humanity and this requires the collective effort of nations, businesses, citizens and organizations.





Master's Degree in Environmental Management arrow

Aware of the importance of caring for the environment and the growing need of organizations and professionals in the area to strengthen their management skills, the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes, launched its Master's Degree in Environmental Management (MEM) in July 2008.

Master's Degree in Management and Development Practice arrow

The program enables students to build the skills and knowledge needed to identify and address the challenges inherent to sustainable development as a global phenomenon, such as poverty, health, environmental conservation, climate change and human rights. This is combined with managerial and practical training.