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2020/2021  MA-MMBAO1106U  Corporate Sustainability

English Title
Corporate Sustainability

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 3 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Master of Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jesper Rangvid - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 30-06-2020

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Learning objectives
• Specify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative theoretical frameworks that explain the distinctive challenges involved in managing corporate sustainability,
  • • Understand and explain how a variety of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can reflect opportunities and problems for a company,
  • • Analyze the conditions and limitations for how and when ESG factors can be seen as relevant (material) for corporate strategy,
  • • Understand how corporate sustainability can be embedded into a firm, focusing on reporting, corporate governance, and partnerships, and
  • • Analyze concrete problems within a firm’s corporate sustainability strategy by applying the theoretical concepts discussed throughout the course.
Corporate Sustainability:
Exam ECTS 3
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn and Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A written case assignment based on a case or a subject chosen by the teacher. The assignment must be formulated and given to the student at least 9 days prior to the expiration of the deadline. It should be 15 pages long and submitted to CBS Digital Exam. The exam is held internally, and the assignment is put forward and assessed by the relevant faculty.
The make-up/re-examination will be held as an oral examination if the number of registered candidates for the make-up/re-examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach


This course explores how senior managers can show leadership for corporate sustainability. The course combines some theoretical/conceptual debates in the field of corporate sustainability with in-depth insights into recent practical management approaches. The course explores the “core” content related to  recent discussions of how firms can become more sustainable. It can be combined with the “Governance and Sustainability” concentration where a number of issues (e.g. circularity, sustainable finance) are explored in more depth.


The course is divided into four main parts.

The first part explores some fundamental terms and frameworks (e.g. creating shared value, stakeholder theory, planetary boundaries) that are important for understanding the debate.

The second part discusses different actors that are important when managing for sustainability (e.g. investors, NGOs, governments).

The third part outlines processes that are important when managing for corporate sustainability (e.g., partnerships and reporting).

The final part dives into some selected sustainability problems and discusses strategies to address these (e.g., corruption and climate change).  


Description of the teaching methods
This course blends a variety of pedagogical methods. You learn through interactive lecturing and case discussions (which can involve group presentations). We will also use some short video supplements in class, and we will make use of videos that have to be watched prior to some of the classes. Guest speakers complement the lectures by academic staff.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback given after case sessions/group presentations
Student workload
Lectures 32 hours
Preparation + Exam 50,5 hours
Last updated on 30-06-2020