• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Management, Sustainability
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gary Buttriss
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course involves on campus teaching. For students unable to come to campus there will be a remote option. See the Class Summary for more details.

Business as usual is no longer an option, to meet the increasing formal (regulatory) and informal (community) expectations relating to their impact on society and the natural environment along with meeting the challenge of climate change implementing sustainability has become an increasingly important strategic intent of corporations.

The course takes the perspective of an individual corporation operating in a dynamic competitive environment in a capitalist economy, that seeks to: examine both its internal and external environments to determine the range of sustainability issues that it faces, including climate change; develop strategies for sustainable practices that enhance its competitive position; make a business case to a range of its stakeholders, including owners, for the adoption of those sustainable practices; and understand the principal barriers to the implementation of those practices.


This course aims to promote an understanding for corporations, of:

  • fundamental concepts of sustainability and the importance to individual corporate entity of corporate sustainability;
  • the impact of social and environmental risk
  • the business case for sustainability and the factors both driving and guiding sustainability strategy
  • how a sustainability strategy is potentially a source of competitive advantage and productivity growth
  • pathways for and business opportunities in transitioning to net zero and beyond
  • ways of creating value by pursuing a net zero strategy through innovation business model, product and process innovation
  • the impact that climate change has on organisations operations and strategy.
  • key drivers and inhibitors, both external and internal to the corporation – including climate change, of the natural environmental and social aspects of corporate sustainability;
  • the inter-relationship between the natural environmental, social, and economic aspects of corporate sustainability;


and to provide an overview of:

  • the principal ‘toolkits' currently used by practitioners to recognise and resolve natural environmental and social sustainability issues in pursuing sustainable business strategy; and
  • contemporary issues in corporate sustainability

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify issues that relate to the relationship between the corporation, its natural environmental and social sustainability
  2. Apply sustainability concepts in the business context
  3. Discuss contemporary issues driving business model innovation for sustainability
  4. Argue the business case for sustainability for an organisation
  5. Interpret intervention options for organisational change in pursuit of corporate sustainability
  6. Devise appropriate actions and tactics to address sustainability strategies for the organisation

Indicative Assessment

  1. Typical assessments may include, but is not restricted to: in-class exercises, written and oral assignments, quizzes, examinations, group project tasks, oral presentation, and other assessment deemed appropriate to show attainment of the learning outcomes set for the course. Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Students taking this course in First or Second Semester are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average on course reading, research, writing and assessment work. 

Where this course is offered in intensive delivery mode as a continuous block over a shorter period of time, the expected total time commitment for this course will be 130 hours.

Inherent Requirements

This course has no inherent requirements.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2022 $4440 Standard Rate
2022 $3510 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7385 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions