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2023/2024  BA-BHAAV2276U  Green Transition and Business Innovation

English Title
Green Transition and Business Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Faith Hatani - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 01-12-2023

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Learning objectives
The main learning objectives are as follows;
  • Explain academic concepts and theoretical frameworks in international business studies applicable to the analysis of green transition, and appropriately use them in your analysis.
  • Analyse the major driving forces and challenges that firms may face in the green transition in different industries and countries.
  • Identify key stakeholders of a firm’s business in a given context and assess how their interactions promote or hinder the green transition.
  • Critically assess firms’ practices and elaborate on the positive and negative impacts of their innovative business on sustainability.
  • Develop and demonstrate your own arguments about the role of business entities in the green transition, and suggest actionable strategies and policy implications logically in a proper academic style.
Course prerequisites
The course is open to all undergraduate students in their final year. No prerequisite is required to take this course. However, genuine interest and good insights into the role of business in promoting the green transition are essential. The knowledge of the academic literature on international business and global value chains is preferable. A good understanding of the nexus between business strategy and government policies is advantageous.
Green Transition and Business Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
The exam is academic essay writing. Thus, the written product must apply a theoretical framework/academic concepts and provide analysis and discussion, not just descriptions. The length must be up to 10 pages including figures/tables, but excluding a list of references. Footnotes/endnotes and appendix should not be used. A detailed style guide will be provided in the course.
Assignment type Essay
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A different essay question will be given by the course coordinator for a re-take exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam question will indicate a general setting/issue that students need to address in their answers. Students are required to design their analytical focus/approach individually, which must address the exam question directly and clearly. Students should draw upon the course materials and also conduct a literature search to find additional relevant sources. Students should provide in-depth analysis and discussion, and present logical arguments in an appropriate academic writing style.


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The green transition should be a shared goal of local societies and the international community to realise sustainability. This is indeed a key aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in which partnerships across sectors are crucial. In particular, firms’ technological competitiveness and innovation efforts, backed by the green growth policies in their countries, are pivotal to promoting the green transition across borders.


This course examines how different types of firms - including large multinational enterprises and small local firms - partake in the green transition through their businesses. While the course will explore various contexts, the main focus is placed on Europe and Asia-Pacific. The course will cover not only energy issues but also business efforts for environmentally-friendly practices in different industries. By doing so, the course considers the possible ways in which firms could contribute to the transition and analyse the challenges they face.


Description of the teaching methods
The course consists of lectures on analytical frameworks, case studies, class discussions and exercises. Each lecture topic will be taught through a mixture of theories/concepts and case studies. Students’ active interactions and knowledge-sharing relevant to the course contents will form an integral part of the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
- Oral feedback on in-class discussions
- Oral feedback on exercise activities
- Q&A in the Discussion Forum on the Canvas platform.
Students can obtain continuous feedback through proactive participation in class activities. Thus, attendance is important. Students should be well-prepared to participate in class effectively.
Student workload
Lectures 38 hours
Course preparation/self-studying and exam 170 hours
Expected literature

Background readings:

The following materials will provide a useful background of the course's theme; 


Core readings: 

The course readings will comprise academic articles, policy reports and case studies. A complete reading list will be provided in Canvas.


Last updated on 01-12-2023