Business, government and civil society are facing complex
sustainability challenges that they cannot solve alone. These
challenges have financial, managerial, political, social and
environmental components, and tackling them often requires
partnerships between the private and public sectors, or
multi-stakeholder initiatives that also involve non-governmental
organizations, community-based organizations, venture capital and
There is an increasing need, and demand for, managers and
employees who have specialist skills, but who can also operate in
multi-disciplinary teams. They need to have developed a common
language and understanding with specialists in other fields so they
can bridge the gaps between science, technology and business
solutions to sustainability. Many scientific discoveries,
technological developments or business innovations on
sustainability fail because of the lack of understanding from each
of these fields of the complex challenges that are involved.
Business plans fail because of lack of understanding of their
technological complexities; scientific breakthroughs are abandoned
because they are miscommunicated to the public or the political
system; technological innovations end up financially
This course seeks to fill this gap. It is taught by faculty
members and includes students from CBS, KU and DTU (see details
below). The aim is to provide a new generation of specialist
professionals with the relevant skills to properly operate and
communicate in multi-disciplinary teams that seek to tackle and
find innovative solutions to the complex sustainability challenges
society and business face. The course will consist of lectures
from faculty in the three participant universities, group
work, discussion, presentations and hands-on
exercises; groups will include students from all
- 33 contact hours organized in 11 blocks (3x45 min each) twice a
- 1 block: joint introduction and overview
- 9 blocks on specific topics (see below), delivered in
rotation at the three participating universities
- 1 block: joint conclusion and sum-up
- Joint introduction
- Blocks 1-3: Earth system & planetary boundaries
- Earth system and planetary boundaries: Overview
- Global assessments of nine planetary boundaries 1
- Global assessments of nine planetary boundaries 2
- Blocks 4-6: Production systems & system thinking
- Sustainability of products and systems: Introduction
- Frameworks for assessing sustainability of products and
- Societal challenges and environmental economics
- Blocks 7-9: Business and
- Consumer behaviour and sustainability
- Business strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship for
- Sustainability governance and business-government-civil society
- Joint conclusion
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