Minor in Sustainable Business
The Minor concept
A minor gives you the opportunity of having a second specialization in your degree. The minor is a bundle of three to four electives that can be chosen separately but if chosen together rewards a minor.
Sustainability is receiving increasing attention as a societal issue and a rapidly growing number of companies now recognize it as a major driver of competitiveness. Yet sustainability is not a simple concept, nor is it straightforward to translate sustainable business practice into attractive business models. At the root of the issue is the fact that sustainability is a systemic phenomenon – to assess whether a particular product, service, or business practice is “sustainable” requires consideration of how it fits into a larger system of production of raw materials and components, manufacturing, distribution, usage, and, ultimately, disposal. Moreover, sustainability involves not only environmental issues but also social and economic sustainability.
To turn sustainability into an effective business driver, companies must development of a clear business case for it and it must become part of the core business functions. Moreover, since the issues transcend internal and external company borders, the firm must develop effective means of communicating with and involving multiple stakeholders. The purpose of this minor is to equip you with theories, concepts, and methods to develop effective sustainable business strategies.
The below table lists the structure and the ECTS credits of the individual courses. The course descriptions are available in the online course catalogue. Direct links are inserted in the below table.
|Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains||7.5|
|Creating markets for sustainable products||7.5|
|Business Strategy and Innovation in the Energy Industry||7.5|
Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains
An increasing number of companies in the Western world outsource parts of their production to low-wage countries with poor social and environmental standards. Such long-distance outsourcing makes it difficult for companies to ensure that their products are being produced under socially and environmentally sound conditions. The course attempts to make the students capable of understanding and managing the opportunities and barriers facing companies, which wish to exercise social and environmental responsibility in their supply chains.
The course will use a mixture of learning styles, including lectures, case-study discussions, and company presentations. The course will in particular deal with the following topics:
- Introduction to the concept of CSR.
- The rise of global supply chains.
- The costs and benefits of CSR.
- Non-governmental organizations and their influence on corporate behavior.
- Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the integration of social and environmental issues into supplier relations.
- Social and environmental audits, standards and labels.
- Responses by Third World suppliers.
- Consumer attitudes and behavior.
- Multinational companies and labour issues.
Creating Markets for Sustainable Products
Entrepreneurship and markets are increasingly seen as plausible sources for solutions to reduce carbon (or other) polluting emissions and economize on the use of limited natural resources. The question is how, and under what conditions, this may be the case? What does it take to make markets shift to new and environmentally more viable products? With the help of analytical concepts from recent material market studies and the new economic sociology, this course provides the students with concepts and methods to understand markets (products, consumers and whole new market arrangements) for sustainable products as practical achievements. Students will learn to understand and analyze how sustainable products and processes are facilitated or hindered by the existing technical infrastructure, the regulative arrangement, the construction of value, and networks between corporations, regulators, consumers, social movements, claims to legitimacy, and the frames of knowledge used to construct and evaluate a particular market regime. In the context of bringing new sustainable goods/technologies to the market, innovation is not only about heroic entrepreneurs, but depends on transforming the lock-in of existing technologies and enrolling a long list of unglamorous characters including calculative tools, new practices of valuation, standards, trials and tests, and the human and non-human participants in chains of production and commercialization.
Business Strategy and Innovation in the Energy Industry
The purpose of this course is to give you a deep insight into the energy industry from a business perspective. You will be introduced to the technical realities that shape the functioning of energy markets, the development of the industry, and its unique characteristics. We take the point of view of the individual company with an emphasis on innovation and business strategy. We will focus in particular on frameworks to analyze “systemic innovation”, where the value of a product, process, or technology is fundamentally dependent upon its interaction with other parts of the energy system. We will apply frameworks from business strategy, innovation, microeconomics, the economics and politics of regulation, and consumer behavior, as they apply to concrete issues in the energy industry.
Throughout the course, we will involve guest lectures and arrange field visits to Danish energy companies and other organizations involved in the industry.
Outline of topics covered (both substantive areas and theory frameworks):
- Introduction: Fundamentals of energy technology and sustainable energy. The Danish energy system in an international context – challenges and opportunities
- Smart grids and he economics of intermittent supply and grid defection
- Innovation dynamics (S-curves, first-mover advantage/disadvantage, technology lifecycles)
- Path dependence, technological trajectories, technology transitions in socio-technical systems.
- Energy consumer behavior. Energy conservation in households and industry.
- Energy policy at the local, national and international level. Climate abatement policy.
- The economics of regulation and deregulation.
- Disruptive energy innovations. Business model innovations.
- Innovations in the transportation sector: Electric and hydrogen vehicles, car sharing, city logistics.
The minor consists of the examinations listed below. The learning objectives and the regulations of the individual examinations are prescribed in the online course catalogue. Direct links to the individual examinations are inserted in the table below.
|Exam name||Exam form||Gradingscale||Internal/external exam||ECTS||Weight|
|Corporate Responsibility in Global Supply Chains||Home assignment - written product||7-step scale||Internal exam||7.5||7.5|
|Creating Markets for Sustainable Products||Oral exam based on written product||7-step scale||Internal exam||7.5||7.5|
|Business Strategy and Innovation in the Energy Industry||Oral exam based on written product||7-step scale||Internal exam||7.5||7.5|
Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The minor in Sustainable Business is offered by the Study Board for the Master of Science Programme in Economics and Business Administration.
How to sign up
If you want to sign up for the minor in Sustainable Business, you have to select CCMVV1002U Minor in Sustainable Business when you sign up for electives. You will then subsequently be signed up for all three courses. You do not have to select all three courses individually.