Tackling Global Challenges and Developing Resilience

Module description

This module introduces the cohort to the thinking, tools, and culture of the One Planet MBA. It is designed to build an understanding of our global challenges and the risks they pose to business. It will provide an overview of progressive business thinking and frameworks that offer a path to build business resilience.  The module is delivered by a wide number of contributors made up of faculty and external partners with the aim of introducing a diversity of perspectives and ideas. 

Internationalisation: The module uses a wide-angle lens to explore our interconnected global challenges and emerging solutions.

Employability: As way of introduction to the latest thought leadership this module gives the cohort access to the latest language, thinking, frameworks, and tools, all in the context of global risks.

Sustainability: The module explores ‘sustainability’ from the point of view of both risks and business opportunities, as a driver of new forms of value creation.

External Engagement: Guest contributors from organisations such as: WWF UK, Fairtrade, PwC, SAP, and IBM.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility: This module will be based on the idea that business can ‘do well’ and ‘do good’ in the context of our global challenges.

Research in Teaching: This module will draw on the expertise of both faculty and guest contributors and their relevant research. It will also lean on current institutional research such as the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report series. It will also encourage curiosity in the cohort and shine a light on possible areas for further individual research. 

Full module specification

Module title:Tackling Global Challenges and Developing Resilience
Module code:MBAM937
Module level:M
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Stuart Robinson - Convenor
  • Mr Adam Lusby - Lecturer
Module credit:10
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

4 days

Module aims

The module aims to: (1) Explore the global challenges and the risks they pose (2) Provide an overview of progressive business thinking and frameworks that offer a path to build business resilience (3) Introduce the cultural setting of the One Planet MBA to the cohort in order to build a strong team and learning environment (4) Provide the foundations for good work processes and the creation of high quality output.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. the global challenges and risks they pose to business
  • 2. the current thinking, frameworks, and tools needed to develop business resilience
  • 3. the complex and interconnected global context that business operates within

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate a critical understanding of how our global challenges affect ‘business as usual’
  • 5. apply theoretical concepts and arguments to the analysis of empirical case studies

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. demonstrate individual research skills and undertake independent learning.
  • 7. develop capacity to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 21Lectures, seminars, workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 7Experiential learning: multi-cultural and stakeholder teamwork
Guided independent study72Reading, research, writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Workshop exercises, presentations, and discussions.In class (Approximately per day = 60 minutes)1-5, 7Oral feedback
Draft Assignment (individual) - to give students early insight into programme requirements for assignment preparation3000 words1-7Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignment (individual)1003000 words1-7Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
IndividualIndividual assignment 3500 words1-7Four weeks after briefing

Re-assessment notes

The new assignment will have a brief which contains a different emphasis to the initial assignment.

Syllabus plan

The 4-day module critically explores the global challenges and the risks they pose to business. These are broken down into Environmental, Economic, Geopolitical, Social, and Technological. Through a variety of contributors, the ‘challenges’ are explored and the risks they pose to business are discussed. This is complemented with current thinking, frameworks, and business tools that highlight ways to develop business resilience. The ideas around such terms as; the sharing economy, sustainability, circular economy, purposeful innovation, and business model innovation are all highlighted and discussed. The module deliberately uses a broad approach in order to form contextual understanding within the cohort. The module also has space set aside to coach the cohort on how to effectively communicate their perspectives and ideas, something that is also built into the assignment format.   

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 2015. Towards a Circular Economy Business Rationale for an Accelerated Transition.


Mason, P. 2016. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. London: Penguin Books

World Economic Forum. 2016. Global Risks Report 2016. www3.weforum.org/docs/Media/TheGlobalRisksReport2016.pdf

World Economic Forum. 2016. Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience:

Resilience Insights.www3.weforum.org/docs/GRR/WEF_GAC16_Risk_Resilience_Insights.pdf

WWF. 2014. Living Planet Reportwwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/

Zolli, A., and Healy, A.M. 2012. Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. London: Headline Publishing Group

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