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2023/2024  BA-BHAAA2402U  Business Responses to Climate Change

English Title
Business Responses to Climate Change

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 2.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Anne-Karen Hüske - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 13-12-2023

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Learning objectives
The students can
  • Understand what greenhouse gases are, and their relationship to weather and climate
  • Understand how the climate is likely to change and how this will affect business in different regions of the world and possible actions related to climate change
  • Analyze the climate responses of companies by applying theory (e.g., (natural/social) resource-based view and capabilities, socio-technical systems, and technology transition) to address societal challenges and analyze voluntary and mandatory business responses
Business Responses to Climate Change:
Exam ECTS 2,5
Examination form Active participation

The completion of this course is based on active student participation in class. The course will be considered as passed if the students participation - based on an overall assessment - in the class activities fulfill the learning objectives of the course. The individual student’s participation is assessed by the teacher.
The student must participate in A combination of assignment and presentation
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Assessed solely by the teacher
Exam period Summer, The duration of the presentation is defined per group project not by number of students participating in the group.
Make-up exam/re-exam Oral exam based on written product
The oral part of the re-take is online.
In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Size of written product: Max. 5 pages
Assignment type: Essay
Duration: 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Examiner(s): If it is an internal examination, there will be a second internal examiner at the re-exam. If it is an external examination, there will be an external examiner.
Description of activities
A combination of assignment and presentation: The student must present the results of their group project. They will present the analsysis of climate change related action of a specific company using theories, models and practices presented and discussed throughout the course. They will hand-in a synopsis of the group project (max. 5 pages).

In addition the students must participate in minimum 80 % of the scheduled teaching.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The students understand the complexity of climate change and business. Combining lecture and interactive exercises the students learn about the science behind climate change (greenhouse gases, their relationship to weather and climate) and how climate change will affect different regions of the world and which actions can be taken. The students learn about how theoretical lenses to analyze climate change and business (examples could be Resource Based View and Dynamic capabilities). The students will analyze the climate change actions of a company.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is based on a combination of scientific articles, practitioner articles, and interactive exercises to understand climate change in business and organizational theory. The instructors will engage with the students through lectures, interactive exercises, discussions, presentations, and feedback sessions. There will also be group presentations where students will share their insights with the class to share and receive feedback on their learning from the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive continuous feedback in these dedicated feedback exercise sessions for the development of their projects over the whole course. These sessions are a crucial element for students to learn how they can meet the specific learning objectives of this course. We also practice peer feedback in the exercise sessions. Feedback by the instructor will complement peer feedback. In the course examination, students receive feedback from the internal examiner.
Student workload
Teaching 18 hours
Preparation and readings 18 hours
Development of project and exam preparation 34 hours
Further Information

This is a 2 weeks course (2.5 ECTS) running during weeks 26 + 27, summer 2024


Short 2 weeks courses cannot be combined with any other course

Expected literature

will be announced via Canvas, potential examples:

Doni, F., Gasperini, A, Torres Soares 2020, J. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting on SDG 13 Implementation. In: SDG13 – Climate Action: Combating Climate Change and its Impacts. DOI: 10.1108/​978-1-78756-915-720201009

Geels, F. W. 2002 Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: a multi-level perspective and a case-study, Research Policy, 31:8–9, 1257-1274, DOI: 10.1016/​S0048-7333(02)00062-8

Rashidi-Sabet, S., Madhavaram, S. Parvatiyar, A. 2022 Journal of Business Research, Strategic solutions for the climate change social dilemma: An integrative taxonomy, a systematic review, and research agenda, 146: 619-635. DOI: 10.1016/​j.jbusres.2022.03.088

Schot, J., Geels, F.W. 2008 Strategic niche management and sustainable innovation journeys: theory, findings, research agenda, and policy, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 20:5, 537-554, DOI: 10.1080/​09537320802292651

Tate, W., & Bals, L. 2018. Achieving Shared Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Value Creation: Toward a Social Resource-based View (SRBV) of the Firm. Journal of Business Ethics, 152(3), 803-826. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3344


Last updated on 13-12-2023