MSc Management

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Unit code BMAN73102
Credit rating 15
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.


BMAN73102 Programme Req: BMAN73102 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc Management


The aim of the unit is:

  1. to introduce students to the main concepts of, and barriers to, creating change towards sustainable development and social responsibility in a complex world, and
  2. to develop professional skills in students.

Learning outcomes

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 

Intellectual skills

  • 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

Practical skills

  • 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.

Assessment methods

Team Project assignments - 30% (2000 words, excluding references and appendices)

Individual assignment- 70% (2000 words, excluding references and appendices)


Feedback methods

Written and in class

Recommended reading

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.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Seminars 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonatan Pinkse Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office hours of course unit coordinator; there is room for asking questions during every seminar.


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