Sustainable Business - an ecological perspective, 7.5 credits (723G62)

Sustainable Business - an ecological perspective, 7.5 hp

Main field of study

Business Administration

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Joyanto Routh

Course coordinator

Joyanto Routh

Director of studies or equivalent

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MIT Master Programme in IT and Management (Master) 3 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v
F7KSY Bachelor programme in Information Systems Analysis (Management and organisational development) 5 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v
F7YEF Business and Economics Programme - International - French (Business) 5 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v
F7YEK Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration) 5 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v
F7YES Business and Economics Programme - International - Spanish (Business) 5 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v
F7YET Business and Economics Programme - International - German (Business) 5 (Autumn 2019) v201944-201948 English Linköping v

Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Master Programme in IT and Management
  • Bachelor programme in Information Systems Analysis
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - French
  • Business and Economics Programme
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - Spanish
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - German

Entry requirements

The general admission requirements as for the programme.

Intended learning outcomes

After having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to

  • identify, explain and apply key concepts of ecological sustainability, natural resource management and environmental problematiques
  • analyse correlations between ecological sustainability and sustainable business from a management perspective
  • identify patterns and problems with business and sustainability, develop plausible explanations, suggest possible solutions, and reflect upon the outcomes of actions taken
  • critically analyse and integrate knowledge gained through reading, discussions and cases, and express it orally and in writing

Course content

Sustainable development is a growing concern for businesses all over the globe. Resource use in production and impacts on ecological sustainability constitute challenges, but also opportunities, for private business. In order to integrate efficient resource management thinking in corporate strategy and realize potentials in clean-tech solutions, managers need a basic knowledge of the field of natural resource management, ecological sustainability and how these correlate to green business models, corporate brands and CSR work. In this course we will hence use the inter-disciplinary field of environmental science as a stepping stone to explore ecological challenges and potentials for private business.

Teaching and working methods

The course is designed to encourage active participation and the students are involved in various forms of interactive learning situations. The basic learning pillars are

  • Interactive literature seminars, complemented by individual reading to lay a theoretical foundation, introduce the students to the research areas, and provide a basis for discussion
  • Workshops where the students will discuss and apply what they have learned during project work, literature seminars and reading, in order to practice their ability to analyse situations and present reasonable and relevant solutions to ecological challenges for sustainable business
  • Paper-writing based on seminars, readings, cases and team discussions

Examination

The course will be examined through a number of exercises that are spread out over the duration of the course.

  • Project work
  • Active participation
  • Individual written examination

A larger portion of the points will be acquired through the final case and the individual preparation of casework.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Books

Esty, Daniel C, Winston, Andrew S., (2009) Green to gold : how smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage

ISBN: 9780470393741

Esty, Daniel, Simmons, P. J., (2011) The green to gold business playbook. how to implement sustainability practices for bottom-line results in every business function Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2011

ISBN: 9780470590751

 

These are the two main course books. A complete list of essential and complementary readings, as well as other suggested literature, will be available on Lisam.

EXAM Examination U, G, VG 7.5 credits

This tab contains public material from the course room in Lisam. The information published here is not legally binding, such material can be found under the other tabs on this page. There are no files available for this course.

Page responsible: Info Centre, infocenter@liu.se