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Sustainability Management in Context (2V, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
2 V Lecture 3.0 CP 30 h 60 h
(2V) 3.0 CP 30 h 60 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [WIW-SMG] Sustainability Management
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Organizations are bounded by the environmental and social systems around them - their context. From a strategic perspective, companies are expected to look beyond their own boundaries and take into account their context. This holds especially true when considering sustainability of a specific organization and its operations. Context refers to the different circumstances that determine whether or not a specific performance is considered sustainable or not. In this course, students will learn how a specific context can be established and analyzed to measure, manage and report sustainability. Students analyze and discuss the peculiarities of sustainability in different contexts (country, industry, firm size...). The specific focus of this course depends on the respective lecturer.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Students will learn
  • to search and analyze data regarding sustainability challenges of organizations in various sectors and cultural settings.
  • to select decision criteria and choose a balanced decision alternative for organizations facing critical sustainability decisions.
  • to derive managerial implications for organizations in context according to sustainability frameworks.
  • to develop an individual standpoint as a global citizen towards managing sustainability in context.

this course depends on the respective lecturer.


Dobson, R., & Bertels, S. (2017). The Road to Context: Contextualising your Strategy & Goals Casebook. Embedding Project.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)

Proper enrollment in the relevant degree program.

References to Course [WIW-SMG-SMIC-K-7]

Module Name Context
[SO-00-2119-M-5] Management für die nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP
[WIW-SMG-BSM-M-7] Basics of Sustainability Management P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP
[WIW-SMG-BWL1-M-7] Sustainability Management for Business Economists 1 P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP
[WIW-SMG-MNE-M-7] Management for the Global Goals WP: Obligation to choose 2V, 3.0 LP
[WIW-SMG-SOWI-M-7] Sustainability Management for Social Scientists P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP