Sustainable Enterprise Economy
One of the key questions facing society, the environment and the global economy is how can we continue to survive in a sustainable way? The World Wildlife Fund for nature (WWF) claims that if global society continues to produce carbon dioxide and consume natural resources at the rate we do in the UK we’d need three planets to support us, for more details on this look at: One Planet Future to explore this claim in more detail. http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/building_a_one_planet_future.cfm Similarly, The 2015 World Environment Day theme focused on global consumption with the strap line ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’http://www.unep.org/wed/theme/sustainable-consumpion.asp
So, the challenge for students of international management is how can this be achieved? The answer, many argue, is via the concept of sustainability. Sustainable approaches to development and business management have been growing in popularity over the past two decades. Initially, starting out as a perceived niche response to the negative impacts of unplanned, unmanaged mass production, sustainability is now (some would argue) on it’s way to becoming a fully integrated management approach, adopted by many mainstream businesses in their everyday business practice and as the usp to many new business models. But why? What is a sustainable management approach and how is it achieved?
This module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to understand, articulate, create and critique the theory behind sustainable development, and many companies’ attempts to integrate sustainable approaches into their everyday business practices. By examining case studies from a range of sectors including: fashion, tourism, food and drink, media and car manufacturing we will explore how and why businesses have chosen to adopt sustainable approaches to the way in which they do business. We will also be jargon busting/critically appraising, phrases such as: ‘cradle to cradle’, ‘CSR’, ‘Ethical Consumers’, ‘Ethical Business’, ‘Slow Business Movements’, ‘Well-being’, ‘One for One’ business Models, ‘act local think global’ as well as many others.
By the end of this module you will have the confidence and skills set to be able to engage with industry professionals, policy makers and fellow academics in an informed manner, secure in the knowledge that you understand some of the key challenges facing society, the environment and the global economy from a sustainable management perspective.
You never know it might lead to a valuable specialism for you in your future career, or the knowledge gained through this module might just give you the edge in a crucial interview. Sustainable Enterprise Economies is a module designed for people who care about the future, you can’t afford to miss it.
This module seeks to give students a broad understanding of sustainability and it’s practical management applications – one that goes beyond environmental issues and into the role that policy makers, consumers and producers play in the challenge to meet sustainable development objectives and survive in a sustainable way.
All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
This module examines a variety of case studies from a wide selection of industry sectors. It is taught by an experienced, national policy maker and business consultant in the field of sustainable tourism management. The module will also draw upon the expertise of guest speakers from the commercial and policy worlds. The second summative assignment will be a practical based paper developing your consulting skills, which will be useful for future career and examples of practice at interview stage.
This module is designed for delivery to a group of students drawn from around the world. It will draw on your experiences and those of your class mates to help inform understanding in the room about the challenges faced by all economies and companies, regardless of whether they are local businesses or global entities. All the case studies will have an international component. Ultimately, the guiding policy on sustainable development originates from the United Nations and is then cascaded and interpreted at individual national and regional levels, this too will be explored and discussed in an international context.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Sustainable Enterprise Economy|
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Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
Studying Sustainable Enterprise Economies will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to understand, articulate, create and critique the notions and ideals behind sustainable development, it’s application to business management theory and many companies’ attempts to integrate sustainable management techniques into their everyday business practices. By examining case studies from a range of sectors including: fashion, tourism, travel, food and drink, media and car manufacturing we will explore how and why businesses have chosen to adopt sustainable approaches to the way in which they do business. We will also be jargon busting phrases such as: ‘cradle to cradle’, ‘CSR’, ‘Ethical Consumers’, ‘Ethical Business’, ‘Slow Business Movements’, ‘Well-being’, ‘One for One’ business Models, ‘act local think global’ as well as many others.
By the end of this module you will have the confidence and skills set to be able to engage with industry professionals, policy makers and fellow academics in an informed manner, secure in the knowledge that you understand some of the challenges facing society, the environment and the global economy from a sustainable management perspective. You never know it might lead to a valuable specialism for you in your future career, or the knowledge gained through this module might just give you the edge in a crucial interview. Sustainable Enterprise Economies is a module designed for people who care about the future, you can’t afford to miss it.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. critically consider the origins of the terms, definitions and underlying theories around sustainability
- 2. examine a series of case study approaches to how businesses have attempted to adopt sustainable development approaches to their everyday management practices
- 3. develop and design academic arguments around key issues in the sustainable development and sustainable business debate
- 4. develop and design applied business reports looking at how to practically implement sustainable management approaches to the challenges facing society, business and the environment
- 5. assess the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the design of sustainable enterprise solutions
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. be able to articulate some of the ethical dimensions of international; management, governance, and responsibility
- 7. demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between Business, Society and the Environment and think holistically about implementing transformative change
- 8. analyse the links between international policy and local action by commercial enterprises in their attempts to implement sustainable development principles
- 9. critique the causes for change, assess the role of push and pull factors at work in sustainable enterprise economies the real influencing agents change
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. prepare and organise work both individually and in multicultural groups
- 11. demonstrate high level research skills drawing upon a range of data sources from both academic and applied contexts
- 12. draft and present reports which would be acceptable in a commercial context
- 13. utilise skills in rigorous academic analysis, argument development, design and presentation
- 14. share ideas and experiences from different disciplines/places/cultures/generations without prejudice and preconception
- 15. reflect upon personal contributions and complete a self-appraisal of performance
- 16. respectfully clarify your own and others worldviews through dialogue, and recognize that alternative frameworks exist,
- 17. think creatively about managing information in a digital world, to tight deadlines with competing pressures and demands
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Report Outline||1 page plan for academic paper (500 words)||1-3, 5-11, 12-17||Written feedback from tutor|
|Report Outline||1 page plan for applied paper (500 words)||1-17||Written feedback from tutor|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individually produced Academic paper||50||2500 words||1-3, 5-11, 12-17||Tutor feedback|
|Individually produced Applied paper||50||2500 words||1-17||Tutor feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individually produced Academic paper||Individually produced Academic paper (2500 words) 50%||1-3, 5-11, 13-17||July|
|Individually produced Applied paper||Individually produced Applied paper (2500 words) 50%||1-17||July|
• Introduction to sustainable business? – the theory of sustainable development
• Why do we need a sustainable management approach?
• Contemporary debates around sustainable development, climate change, notions of consumption, equity and ethics?
• Governance and finance for sustainable business
• Strategy and Execution - How does change occur? Innovation, Perceptions, Behavior Change and Demand
• Leadership and Entrepreneurship for sustainable business
• Collaboration, co-operation and partnership - stakeholders
• Sustainable consumption and production
• Designing monitoring mechanisms and indicators of sustainability,
• Review and consulting skills in sustainability
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Core Text - Blowfield M ( 2013) Business and Sustainability, Oxford University Press
Nemetz P N (2013) Business and the sustainability challenge – an integrated perspective, Routledge Martin D and Schouten J ( 2012) Sustainable Marketing, Pearson Education
Johnson T, Howard M,Miemcyzk J (2014) Purchasing and supply chain management a sustainability perspective, Routledge
Hawken, P., Lovins, A. and Lovins Hunter, L. (2000) Natural Capitalism Hutchins, G. (2012) The Nature of Business Redesigning for Resilience Rasche, A. and Kell, G. (ed.) (2010) The United Nations Global Compact
Waddock, S. and McIntosh, M. (2011) SEE Change: Making the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise Economy Visser, W. (2012) The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business
Relevant Academic papers/journals
Hillestad, Tore et al (2010) ‘Innovative Corporate Social Responsibility: The Founder’s Role in creating a trustworthy brand through ‘Green Innovation’, Journal of Product and Brand Management 19 (6) pp440-451
Porter M and Van Der Linde C ( 1995) ‘Green and Competitive: Ending the stalemate’ Harvard Business Review sept/oct pp120-134
Chaves R and Monzon J L (2012) Beyond the crisis, the social economy prop of a new model of sustainable economic development, Jounral of Service Business, March 2012 Vol 6 Iss 1,pp.5-26
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
UN Environment Programme http://www.unep.org/wed/theme/sustainable-consumpion.asp
UN Development Goals http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) One Planet Future http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/building_a_one_planet_future.cfm
The Long Run Foundation http://www.thelongrun.com/about-the-zeitz-foundation
Marks and Spencer Plan A http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/plan-a/our-approach
TOMs One for One – shoes http://www.toms.co.uk/
The Prince of Wales’ accounting for sustainability project https://www.accountingforsustainability.org/
Business in the Community http://www.bitc.org.uk/
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