Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Sustainability and Social Responsibility
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit enhances students’ understanding of sustainability and social responsibility in a management context, by analysing sustainable business models and inter-firm collaboration in sustainable supply chains. The unit analyses business models and collaboration in different empirical contexts, such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, smart energy grids, biofuels, bioplastics, organic food, recycling and remanufacturing.
The aim of the unit is:
- to introduce students to the main concepts of, and barriers to, creating change towards sustainable development and social responsibility in a complex world, and
- to develop professional skills in students.
Knowledge and understanding
- Identify the characteristics of sustainable and socially responsible organisations
- Demonstrate understanding of key aspects of change towards sustainable development, including identifying and balancing social, environmental and economic considerations
- Consider the various business models which might be adopted to support social, environmental and economic sustainability
- Consider the role of entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable and responsible companies
- Look at co-operation between firms along supply chains and across companies and see how collaborative working helps meet sustainable goals
- Introduce practical tools and techniques used to evaluate and promote sustainability
- Learn how to apply practical tools and concepts through the analysis of case studies and project work
- Learn how to apply theories and scientific literature on sustainability to practical problems of companies, their business models and collaboration with other organisations
- Improve presentation skills
- Enhance skills at report writing appropriate for a management context
- Identify relevant sources of information from literature and the media, gather and apply the data, and critically appraise the information.
- Apply new knowledge and understanding to problems.
- Reference literature sources accurately.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Work collaboratively as a member of a mixed team, contributing to the development of effective team dynamics.
- Develop strategies to work more effectively with those from different disciplinary, national or cultural backgrounds.
- Develop, debate, structure and communicate ideas and proposals in writing, verbally in meetings and in presentation format.
Team Project assignments - 30% (2000 words, excluding references and appendices)
Individual assignment- 70% (2000 words, excluding references and appendices)
Written and in class
Suitable introductions to the themes of the course are provided by:
Jennifer A. Elliott, An Introduction to Sustainable Development, London: Routledge: 3 or 4 edition, 2010/2012.
On the Blackboard pages of this course unit, literature is provided on CSR, sustainable business models, inter-firm collaboration, life cycle analysis, renewable energy, electric vehicles, smart energy grids, biofuels, bioplastics, organic food, recycling and remanufacturing.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Jonatan Pinkse||Unit coordinator|
Informal Contact Method
Office hours of course unit coordinator; there is room for asking questions during every seminar.