SL2402 Strategic Management towards Sustainability

Programme course, 7.5 ECTS credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2013

Overview

The purpose of the Strategic Management for Sustainability course is to provide technical and non-technical already advanced students with an overview of strategic management concepts and for students to apply a generic management system to an organization transitioning strategically towards sustainability. It is a response to the need to develop practical management tools and methodologies to realize a strategic organizational vision. This builds on the related overview content covered in Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
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Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Level

A1N

Admission

Prerequisites

The course Introduction to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (15 credit points)

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Level

A1N

Learning Outcomes

Content

• interpretation and reflection on recognised schools of strategic management
• learning in organizations
• strategic planning
• backcasting from principle
• building an organisational vision, systems dynamics and strategic planning, and management systems – all as they relate to the core concepts of Strategic Sustainable Development.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Describe the business case for sustainability in general terms and also as it relates to a specific organisation.
  • Assess and explain an organisation’s core ideology.
  • Explain the value of a vivid description and BHAG for a chosen organisation within a transition towards its vision within sustainability constraints.
  • Assess an organisation’s current reality from the perspective of its vision.
  • Describe the concept of creative tension and apply it to strategic planning.
  • Apply multi-criteria decision-making concepts to prioritise actions in order to move an organisation towards its vision.
  • Develop a strategic action plan based on backcasting from sustainability principles.

Generic Skills

The following generic skills are trained in the course:
• ability to work in teams
• communication skills
• presentation skills

Course literature and other teaching material

• Collins, J. 2001. Chapter 5: The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles). Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap…and others don’t. London. Random House. pp. 90-119.
• Collins, J. and Porras, J. 1996. Building Your Company’s Vision. Harvard Business Review September-October 1996.
• Robèrt, Karl-Henrik et al. 2010. Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Karlskrona, Sweden: Blekinge Institute of Technology.
• Senge, P. The Fifth Discipline. 1990. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. pp. 1-26
• Willard, B. 2011. The New Sustainability Advantage. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Level

A1N

Stucture - Literature

Course literature and other teaching material

• Collins, J. 2001. Chapter 5: The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles). Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap…and others don’t. London. Random House. pp. 90-119.
• Collins, J. and Porras, J. 1996. Building Your Company’s Vision. Harvard Business Review September-October 1996.
• Robèrt, Karl-Henrik et al. 2010. Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Karlskrona, Sweden: Blekinge Institute of Technology.
• Senge, P. The Fifth Discipline. 1990. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. pp. 1-26
• Willard, B. 2011. The New Sustainability Advantage. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.

Learning methods

This course’s main focus is a student-led group project and therefore the student’s learning will be primarily determined by his or her level of participation. Lectures, facilitated dialogues, and workshops will support the project work throughout. There is also individual time built in to reflect in order to internalize teachings. The course will culminate in a final written exam.

Work placement

Lectures

Teachers

Examiner
Göran Broman

Course Manager
Tracy Meisterheim

Planned learning activities

Lectures, exercises and seminars.

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes. This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.). This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Level

A1N

Examination

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1210 Project 4.5 F/P/3/4/5
1220 Written exam 3 F/P/3/4/5

Grading

The course will be graded Fail, Pass, 3, 4 or 5 .

On request grades according to ECTS will be given.

Future exams

Exam date Parts Entry dates Responsible Place Time
2015-01-05 1220 2014-12-06 - 2014-12-22 EDY Karlskrona 15:00 - 20:00

To participate in a centrally coordinated examination, you must enroll in Student's Portal, no later than fifteen days before the examination.

Time and location for the examination will be published about 5 days in advance.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information concerning these examinations are available in It's Learning or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Level

A1N

 

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