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2017/2018  KAN-CSOCV1022U  Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship

English Title
Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Irina Papazu - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
Last updated on 23-02-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Understand and describe the basics of the field of environmental entrepreneurship and distinguish the critiques of and alternatives to the concept.
  • Identify the potentials and shortcomings of entrepreneurial efforts to solve environmental problems.
  • Discuss and critically evaluate opportunities and limitations of environmental entrepreneurship ventures and initiatives in relation to the climate and environmental crisis.
  • Explain and justify their position concerning a specific case of environmental entrepreneurship.
Course prerequisites
This course is offered as part of the Minor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Business. Other courses in this minor are "Re-imagining Capitalism" and "Re-visiting the Commons, Re-imagining the Collectives.

The course can be taken as a separate elective, but students will benefit from taking it together with the minor’s two other electives.
Re-imagining Environmental Entrepreneurship:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

In a written essay, students will be asked to present a case of environmental entrepreneurship. The essay needs to engage the theoretical concepts and literature discussed in class. 

Course content and structure

Entrepreneurship typically focuses on identifying new opportunities for creating value for customers or users and commercially developing those opportunities to establish profitable businesses. Entrepreneurship, however, is in a process of redefinition and is increasingly understood as a way of responding to major societal crises, as individuals, communities, corporations and organizations all over the world experiment with new business models and solutions.


Specifically, with environmental entrepreneurship being proposed as an engine toward a greener economy and a brighter future for humanity, debates have erupted regarding the role of entrepreneurship in problem-solving, some arguing that profitability and environmental concerns cannot coexist, while others identify entrepreneurship as the silver bullet to combat climate change and other environmental issues in the vacuum left by the international political system’s failure to handle an increasingly bleak situation. Still others identify environmental entrepreneurship more broadly as new, alternative forms of organizing, often unrelated to profit; as grassroots initiatives reimagining local communities and less CO2-intensive ways of living.


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the different camps, theories and critical perspectives in the debate about environmental entrepreneurship, enabling the students to analyze motivations, impacts and ethical issues of specific cases of environmental entrepreneurship as well as the broader impact and role of environmental entrepreneurship in society.


The course is part of the series Advanced Studies Electives. It addresses students in their last year of their master who are looking for inspiration for their master theses. The course will introduce the newest research in the field of Environmental Entrepreneurship, including state-of-the-art research debates and questions for potential master theses. 


This course is part of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Minor. Although the course can be taken as a separate elective, students will benefit from taking it together with the Minor’s two other electives: “Re-imagining Capitalism” and “Revising the Commons, Re-imagining the Collective”. 

Teaching methods
The course will combine a variety of methods, ranging from traditional lectures, case studies, Studio-based teaching, reading groups, student debates, and group presentations. Students are expected to participate actively in class.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feed-back will be made integral to the course in various ways:
- Office hours
- Class discussions and student presentations
- Exam feedback after the exam
Student workload
Classes (lectures and case discussions) 32 hours
Exam 40 hours
Preparation 134 hours
Expected literature

Preliminary course literature:


Dean & McMullen 2007: Toward a theory of sustainable entrepreneurship: Reducing environmental degradation through entrepreneurial action


Hall et al. 2010: Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions


Hockerts & Wustenhagen 2010: Greening Goliaths Versus Emerging Davids: Theorizing About the Role of Incumbents and New Entrants in Sustainable Entrepreneurship


York & Venkataraman 2010: The entrepreneur–environment nexus: Uncertainty, innovation, and allocation


Sørensen 2008: ‘Behold, I am making all things new’: The entrepreneur as savior in the age of creativity


Phillips 2012: On being green and being enterprising: narrative and the ecopreneurial self


Latour 2015: Fifty shades of green


Ten Bos & Painter-Morland 2015: Should Environmental Concern Pay Off? A Heideggerian Perspective

Last updated on 23-02-2017