- Code MGMT7007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Management
- ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
- Course subject Management
- Areas of interest Management, Sustainability
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Gary Buttriss
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course is accessible to both on campus and remote students. See the Class Summary for further information.
In the 21st century, corporations cannot ignore the impact of increasing formal (regulatory) and informal (community) expectations relating to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This course examines the scope of these expectations, explores the reasons behind these expectations, and evaluates the impact of these expectations on corporations operating in a dynamic competitive environment in a capitalist economy. The course takes the perspective of an individual corporation that wants to: examine both its internal and external environments to determine the range of sustainability issues that it faces; 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, within the context of a capitalist economy, of:
- the importance to each individual corporate entity of corporate sustainability;
- the inter-relationship between the environmental, social, and economic aspects of corporate sustainability;
- key drivers and inhibitors, both external and internal to the corporation, of the environmental and social aspects of corporate sustainability;
- the roles of social and environmental risk, and product and process innovation, in developing corporate sustainability; and
- theoretical and practical constraints on the development of a business case for corporate sustainability;
- and provide an overview of:
- the principal ‘toolkits' currently used by practitioners to recognise and appropriately resolve environmental and social sustainability issues in business; and
- current best practice in corporate sustainability.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify within the context of economic sustainability, decision-making within a corporation, that relates to evolving natural environmental and social sustainability, and drives pursuit of corporate sustainability;
- Evaluate the link between theory, policy and practice for corporate sustainability;
- Apply knowledge of ethics, ethical standards and values embedded in business decision-making;
- Process information from a wide range of resources and critically analyze for evidence-based decisions;
- Mount the business case for sustainability and communicate to a range of stakeholders, including managers, boards and owners for pursuing corporate sustainability;
- Individual assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Individual report and presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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.
All readings and other resources required for this course will be provided via the course Wattle website.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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