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2012/2013  KAN-CM_T92  Managing Green and Sustainable Business Environments

English Title
Managing Green and Sustainable Business Environments

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, Spring
Changes in course schedule may occur
Wednesday 13.30-16.05, week 36-41, 43-47
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Chiara Gobbi - Department of Operations Management
Adminidtrative contact Malindi Wilks - maw.om@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
Last updated on 21-08-2012
Learning objectives
After course attendance the students should be able to:
  • view sustainability as a combination of environmental performance, social performance and economic performance
  • identify what are the proper actions companies can develop in order to promote sustainability during production, consumption, customer service and disposition of products
  • make use of the framework in order to elaborate a plan for enhancing sustainability on companies everyday activities
  • identify what analytical tools are can be deployed in order to evaluate sustainability performances
Managing Green and Sustainable Business Environments
Managing Green and Sustainable Business Environments:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period December/January and May/June
Aids With time for preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
It is suggested to participate to the lectures
The exam consists of a oral exam with synopsis. Students have to prove they are able to elaborate a company strategy and implementation plan to reconsider companies activities in the view of sustainablity and green operations.
Prerequisites for attending the exam
It is suggested to participate to the lectures
Course content
The course focuses on practices and actions that companies can undertake in order to promote sustainability and environmental protection on the executions of their activities. The deteriorating conditions of the environment, depletion of non-renewable resources, and ever increasing disposal of waste are forcing organizations to reconsider the products they offer and the processes they deploy in the view of minimizing the environmental impact integrating environmental, health, and safety concerns. These new challenges result in considering new practices and actions as green-product design, lean and green operations, and closed-loop supply chains.
The course considers the roots of the sustainability theory and the obligation to ensure the convergence of social needs and companies competitive advantage. A framework for pursuing sustainability is then considered in relation to:
  • drives of sustainable operations
  • green product and process development
  • synergies between lean and green operations
  • remanufacturing and closed-loop supply chains
  • health/safety concerns and corporate social responsibilit
The course’s development of personal competences consists of:

-    practice the reading of articles from high ranking journals.
-    improve the ability to extract relevant information and insights
-    present and discuss case findings in groups
Teaching methods
Theoretical lectures in combination with group assignments.
Theoretical lectures are aimed at framing relevant concepts as well as to introduce students to the subject. Assignments train students in the application of the concepts and the elaboration of actions that companies can promote in order to achieve sustainability in production, consumption, customer service and product disposition. The teaching method promotes students involvement and participation.
Expected literature
A selection of papers from high ranked journals.

Indicative Literature

  1. Alain Lepage, (2009) "The quality of life as attribute of sustainability", The TQM Journal, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.105 - 115.
  2. Paul R. Kleindorfer, Kalyan Singhal, Luk N. Van Wassenhove. "Sustainable Operations Management", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pages 482–492, December 2005.
  3. Stefan Seuring, Martin Müller (2008) "From a literature review to a conceptual framework for sustainable supply chain management", Journal of Cleaner, Vol. 16, Issue 15, pages 1699-1710.
  4. Linton D.T., Klassen R.,Jayaraman V. (2007) "Sustainable supply chains: An introduction", Journal of Operations Magement, Vol.25, Issue 6, pages 1075-1082.
  5. Grunow, M., Gobbi, C. "Designing the reverse network for WEEE in Denmark", CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology volume 58, issue 1, year 2009, pp. 391 – 394.
  6. Chiara Gobbi, (2011) "Designing the reverse supply chain: the impact of the product residual value", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41 Iss: 8, pp.768 – 796.
  7. Andel T. (1997), “Reverse Logistics: A Second Chance to Profit”, Transportation & Distribution, Vol. 38, No. 7, pp. 61-64.
  8. Blackburn, J.D., Guide, V.D., Souza, G.C. and Wassenhove, L.N.V. (2004), “Reverse supply chains for commercial returns”, California Management Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 6-22.
  9. De Brito, M.P., Flapper, S.D.P. and Dekker, R. (2003), “Reverse Logistics: a review of case studies”, Report Series Research in Management ERS-2003-012-LIS, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Last updated on 21-08-2012