602.405 (21S) BUS 9: Sustainability Management

Sommersemester 2021

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11.03.2021 13:30 - 16:30 online Off Campus
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LV-Titel englisch
BUS 9: Sustainability Management
zum Moodle-Kurs

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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

This course is an introduction to corporate sustainability management. The aim of this course is to help students to build up the ability to be able to investigate this topic from a management perspective but also from the perspective of different stakeholders such as consumers, investors and the general public. Further, this course provides students with a background and frameworks that they can use to identify, analyze and solve sustainability issues in a business context.  

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

Lecture, readers (case studies), discussions


The course is structured into 6 modules. Besides theoretical input that is provided in form of a lecture the students will have the possibility to apply and deepen their knowledge through the reading and discussion of case studies.

Topics that are covered in this course:

  • Module 1: Background on corporate sustainability management (e.g., climate change, social issues, UN SDGs, sustainability transitions)
  • Module 2: Risk and issues management (e.g., "inside-out perspective": social, environmental, political or regulatory risks in the context of sustainability and "outside-in perspective": e.g., issues related to corruption, inequality, poverty, resource depletion, forest destruction)
  • Module 3: Stakeholder management (groups and individuals who can affect or be affected by the business, such as consumers, employees, governments, citizens)
  • Module 4: Strategic differentiation (e.g., creating "shared value", i.e., developing sustainable value propositions to stakeholders for the purpose of gaining competitive advantage)
  • Module 5: Business model innovation and transformation (i.e., business models to address sustainability issues)
  • Module 6: Managing change (managing change on an organizational, leadership and mindset level to develop and implement sustainable business practices) 

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

No prior knowledge in this field required.


Overall topics and case studies are based on: 

Lenssen, Gilbert G., & Smith, N. Craig (Eds.) (2019). Managing Sustainable Business, Springer. – freely available as eBook at the AAU library

Further literature recommendations/readings will be provided during the course. 


Geänderte Prüfungsinformationen (COVID-19 Ausnahmeregelung)

The exam will take place online via Moodle and ROPE. More information will be provided during the course.


Course materials (Moodle)


Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium International Business and Economics (SKZ: 516, Version: 19W.1)
    • Fach: Principles of Business (Pflichtfach)
      • 1.10 BUS 9: Sustainability Management ( 0.0h VO, VI / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 602.405 BUS 9: Sustainability Management (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 1., 2., 3. Semester empfohlen

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Wintersemester 2021/22
  • 602.405 VO BUS 9: Sustainability Management (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2020/21
  • 602.405 VO BUS 9: Sustainability Management (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)