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Module WIW-SMG-MNE-M-7

Management for the Global Goals (M, 9.0 LP, AUSL)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
WIW-SMG-MNE-M-7 Management for the Global Goals 9.0 CP (270 h)


CP, Effort 9.0 CP = 270 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE/EN] German or English as required
Module Manager
Area of study [WIW-SMG] Sustainability Management
Reference course of study [WIW-88.21-SG#2009] M.Sc. Business Studies (2009) [2009]
Livecycle-State [AUSL] Phase-out period


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
Nonprofit Management for the Sustainable Development Goals
P 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
Case Studies in Sustainability Management
WP 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
Sustainability Management in Context
WP 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
  • About [WIW-SMG-NPO-K-7]: Title: "Nonprofit Management for the Sustainable Development Goals"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-NPO-K-7]:
    Lecture and exercise "Nonprofit Management for Sustainable Development Goals":

    60-minute exam

    Acquisition of points during the semester.

  • About [WIW-SMG-CSM-K-7]: Title: "Case Studies in Sustainability Management"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-CSM-K-7]:
    Case Studies in Sustainability Management:

    Acquisition of points during the semester.

  • About [WIW-SMG-SMIC-K-7]: Title: "Sustainability Management in Context"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-SMIC-K-7]:
    Sustainability Management in different contexts:

    Acquisition of points during the semester.

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: examination in form of partial achievements
  • Examination Frequency: each summer semester

Evaluation of grades

All partial module examinations have to be passed. The module grade is the weighted average of the partial examination grades according to the following weights:

  • Total: 180 points
  • Written exam: 60 points
  • Exercise: 60 points
  • Case Studies/Sustainability Management in different contexts: 60 points


This lecture gives an overview of the management field “Nonprofit Organizations” and embeds their actions in the 2030 Agenda. Students get to know the 17 sustainable development goals as well as the characteristics and peculiarities of nonprofit organizations and how they differ from social enterprises. In the course of the lecture, various challenges in the management of nonprofit organizations will be discussed, including those relating to: human resource management, governance, marketing, non-profit law and financing. The importance and different forms of nonprofit partnerships are also highlighted and a bridge to sustainability management in companies is built through the corporate citizenship mix.
The case method is widely applied in management education and aims at mating knowledge and action. This course will combine two areas of applying the case method in an innovative way:
  • First, students work in groups on sustainability case studies, involving data handling, selecting decision criteria, choose a balanced decision alternative and derive implications for the organization at hand.
  • Second, students will themselves transform a real-life business innovation case (e.g., from the Aim2Flourish platform) into a case study.

Thereby, the course provides an ideal platform for critical thinking and achieving new competencies for students interested in transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability research

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

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to
  • know the sustainable development goals and discuss conflicts of interest.
  • defend the behaviour of public, private sector and non-profit actors from their respective positions in the context of sustainable development goals.
  • assess problems that companies and non-profit organisations have to face within the framework of cooperations for sustainable development goals.
  • contrast essential results of research to cooperation between companies and non-profit organizations.
  • evaluate challenges that companies and non-profit organizations have to face within the framework of cooperations.
  • summarize best practice examples of management for sustainable development goals in case reports.


Helmig, B. & Boenigk, S. (2020). Nonprofit Management (2. Aufl.). Verlag Franz Vahlen.
  • Evans, C. (2016). Re-Thinking Case-Based Assessments in Business Management Education. The International Journal of Management Education, 14, 161–166. doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2016.03.002.
  • Gallo, P. J., Montiel, I. & Antolin-Lopez, R. (2016). A Literary Genre Based Framework for Corporate Sustainability Education. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016, 14272. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.14272abstract.
  • Lundberg, C. C., Rainsford, P., Shay, J. P. & Young, C. A. (2016). Case Writing Reconsidered. Journal of Management Education, 25, 450–463. doi: 10.1177/105256290102500409.
  • Mesny, A. (2013). Taking Stock of the Century-long Utilization of the Case Method in Management Education. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 30, 56–66. doi: 10.1002/CJAS.1239.
  • Strach, P. & Everett, A. M. (2008). Transforming Research Case Studies into Teaching Cases. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 3, 199–214. doi: 10.1108/17465640810920287.
Dobson, R., & Bertels, S. (2017). The Road to Context: Contextualising your Strategy & Goals Casebook. Embedding Project.

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)


Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


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

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[SO-88A.646-SG] M.A. Integrative Social Science [Section (non-specific)] M.A. Integrative Sozialwissenschaft (ab WS 20/21) [WP] Compulsory Elective