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Module WIW-SMG-MNE-M-7

Management for the Global Goals (M, 9.0 LP)

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] M.Sc. Business Studies
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


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 60 h 120 h - - PL1 6.0 SuSe
Case Studies in Sustainability Management
WP 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
Sustainability Management in Different Contexts
WP 30 h 60 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
  • About [WIW-SMG-KUN-K-7]: Title: "Nonprofit Management for the Sustainable Development Goals"; Presence-Time: 60 h; Self-Study: 120 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-KUN-K-7]:
    Lecture and exercise "Nonprofit Management for Sustainable Development Goals":

    90-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-GHRM-K-7]: Title: "Sustainability Management in Different Contexts"; Presence-Time: 30 h; Self-Study: 60 h
  • About [WIW-SMG-GHRM-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: 90 points
  • Exercise: 30 points
  • Case Studies/Sustainability Management in different contexts: 60 points


Lecture Nonprofit Management for the Sustainable Development Goals:

Students learn the background, connections and problem areas of non-profit management as well as the importance of non-profit organizations in achieving sustainable development goals.

Areas of focus:

  • Characteristics of non-profit organizations
  • Challenges in the management of non-profit organizations
  • 17 sustainable development goals
  • Partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations to achieve sustainable development goals
  • The course is combined with the research project "Service Learning".

Exercise Nonprofit Management for the Sustainable Development Goals:

Deepening and practical application of the lecture contents

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

Students analyze and discuss the peculiarities of sustainability management in different contexts (country, industry, firm size...)

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.


Compulsory literature :
  • Helmig, B., & Boenigk, S. (2012). Nonprofit management. München: Vahlen.
  • Bäckstrand, K. (2006). Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Rethinking Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectiveness. European Environment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/eet.425.
  • Kolk, A., van Tulder, R., & Kostwinder, E. (2008). Business and partnerships for development. European Management Journal, 26, 262–273. doi: 10.1016/j.emj.2008.01.007.

Subsidiary literature:

  • Bitzer, V., & Glasbergen, P. (2010). Partnerships for Sustainable Change in Cotton: An Institutional Analysis of African Cases. Journal of Business Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10551-010-0562-6.
  • Helmig, B., Spraul, K., & Tremp, K. (2012). Replication Studies in Nonprofit Research. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41, 360–385. doi: 10.1177/0899764011404081.
  • Helmig, B., Spraul, K., & Michalski, S. (2010). Organizational Forms and Development. In H. K. Anheier & S. Toepler (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (pp. 1115–1121). New York, NY: Springer US.
  • Spraul, K. (2007). Marktorientierung in Nonprofit-Unternehmen, Nonprofit-Vereinigungen und Nonprofit-Haushaltungen. Die Unternehmung, 61, 341–349.
  • 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.
Literature will be announced in the lectures. Further materials will be provided on OLAT.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (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 Schwerpunkt Politik, Wirtschaft, Ethik [WP] Compulsory Elective
[SO-88A.646-SG] M.A. Integrative Social Science M.A. Integrative Sozialwissenschaft (ab WS 20/21) [WP] Compulsory Elective
Module-Pool Name
[WIW-SMG-MPOOL-7] Field of Specialization: Sustainability Management