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Module WIW-SMG-BSM-M-7

Basics of Sustainability Management (M, 6.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
WIW-SMG-BSM-M-7 Basics of Sustainability Management 6.0 CP (180 h)

Basedata

CP, Effort 6.0 CP = 180 h
Position of the semester 2 Sem. from WiSe/SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Lecturers
Area of study [WIW-SMG] Sustainability Management
Reference course of study [WIW-88.?-SG#2021] M.Sc. Business Studies (2021) [2021]
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Notice

This module can only be taken by foreign students, e.g. within the framework of ERASMUS.

Courses

Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Module-Part
Presence-Time /
Self-Study
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
2V WIW-SMG-SMIC-K-7
Sustainability Management in Context
P 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
2V WIW-SMG-MT-K-7
Sustainability Management Theory
P 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 WiSe
  • About [WIW-SMG-SMIC-K-7]: Title: "Sustainability Management in Context"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-MT-K-7]: Title: "Sustainability Management Theory"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: Portfolio
  • Examination Frequency: Examination only within the course

Evaluation of grades

Portfolio exam (individual and group performance possible). You will receive more detailed information on the components of the portfolio exam at the beginning of the course.

Contents

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.
In this seminary course, students become fictitious reviewers of research in the field of sustainability management. They present and discuss basic works as well as current empirical studies, considering criteria of good scientific work and writing. They also discuss different methodological approaches and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with international researchers in the field of sustainability management.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Students will learn
  • expertise in sustainability management.
  • critical reflection on socially relevant issues.
  • to work in teams.
  • to solve problems adequately independently.
  • to present their proposed solutions in writing and to present and defend them in oral form
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.

Students will learn
  • to review research in the field of sustainability management with reference to criteria of good scientific work and writing.
  • different methodological approaches in sustainability research as well as their critical evaluation against the background of the respective questions.
  • how to exchange ideas within the research community.

Literature

Dobson, R., & Bertels, S. (2017). The Road to Context: Contextualising your Strategy & Goals Casebook. Embedding Project. https://embeddingproject.org/pub/resources/EP-Road-to-Context.pdf
Starik, M., & Kanashiro, P. (2013). Toward a Theory of Sustainability Management. Organization & Environment, 26(1), 7–30. https://doi.org/10.1177/1086026612474958.

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)

None

Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)

Proper enrollment in the relevant degree program.

References to Module / Module Number [WIW-SMG-BSM-M-7]

Module-Pool Name
[WIW-SMG-MPOOL-7] Field of Specialization: Sustainability Management