MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy

Green Business Strategies

Course Description

Corporate actors are one particular stakeholder group which has to cope with global environmental challenges. Thus the course focuses on corporations and deals with business responses to the widely recognized need for improving environmental performance. The overall goal of the course is to provide an overview of environmental policies and strategies in companies of different sectors. This course will review this young but rapidly growing field of research, and will include an overview of developments from environmental management to sustainable entrepreneurship, different types of instruments, and their effectiveness in improving environmental performance. Case studies that review and critically assess particular green business strategies will be used extensively in the seminar.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the module students will be able to

  • understand what is meant by green business strategies
  • analyze cases of companies which have implemented green business strategies
  • apply and use the gained knowledge in their working environment

Teaching methods

The course is based on various interactive methods (small group discussions, revolving discussions, roundtables, case simulations). Participants are encouraged to actively participate in the course by discussing materials prepared before the seminar starts and cases that will be presented in class.

Dr. Sabine Sedlacek

Semester Offered
Fall or Spring