Corporate Sustainability Management, 6 credits

Hållbar utveckling och företagande, 6 hp

TKMJ51

Main field of study

Energy and Environmental Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Jonas Ammenberg

Director of studies or equivalent

Carina Sundberg

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 38 h
Recommended self-study hours: 122 h
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Chinese 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - French 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - German 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Japanese 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Spanish 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping C

Main field of study

Energy and Environmental Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1X

Course offered for

  • Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering

Specific information

May not be included in the same degree as TKMJ15, TKMJ24 or TKMJ28.

Prerequisites

General technical/engineering knowledge from the first year at an institute of technology, and chemistry at high school level.

Intended learning outcomes

Students shall develop knowledge of corporate sustainability management, focusing on companies but also including public organizations. The course deals with important societal conditions that affect sustainability issues and how they should be managed. A main aim is to gain knowledge about strategies and tools that are important concerning sustainability management. After having completed this course, the student shall be able to:

  • Describe essential sustainability challenges that have been presented during the course; their causes, effects, and on an overall level how they have developed over time and plausible/possible future scenarios,
  • Apply the above mentioned knowledge by solving reality based case studies, focusing on environmental problems, technical systems and organizations,
  • Describe important strategies, concepts, methods and other ‘components’ of organizations’ sustainability management, clarify how they are related to one another, and motivate why they are important from a company and societal perspective,
  • Describe sustainability management as mentioned above, but also how the design and appliance of the components affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the sustainability work - especially for common components of corporate sustainability management systems,
  • Describe important requirements, drivers and barriers for companies’, and partially other organizations’, sustainability management, and how these can be handled,
  • Apply the knowledge above in making a critical analysis, on an overall level, of companies’/organizations’ chosen strategies and measures to manage sustainability issues, for example, considering their impact, internal and market conditions,
  • To motivate and propose relevant measures for companies/organizations concerning their sustainability management, and
  • Write about corporate sustainability management (focusing on the course content and the studied organization) in English of good quality, within the frames of a technical report applying a scientific approach. 

Course content

There are three main parts in the course:

  1. Introduction to sustainable development
  2. Corporate sustainability intelligence
  3. Corporate sustainability management

The following key words represent essential parts of the content: sustainable development; environmental problems/challenges; environmental history; technical systems and environmental challenges; sustainability and policy/legislation; environmental economics; ethics, business ethics; corporate sustainability management, corporate social responsibility (CSR); tools for sustainability management; sustainability management systems; commercial sustainability management; sustainable business models; organization, learning and development.

Teaching and working methods

A central part is focused on an overview of corporate sustainability management, introducing central concepts and terms. For this purpose, lectures and literature are essential. There are two mandatory assignments, as a complement, to foster student activity and application. These assignments are carried out in groups. One is an environmentally oriented case study (UPG1) and the other a project where a company’s sustainability management is studied (UPG2). Both assignments involve written and oral presentation, the second also in English. To facilitate and be able to assess the efforts, compulsory scheduled activities and tasks are included (such as seminars, supervision, presentation) and self-assessment.

Examination

UPG1Group assignment0.5 creditsU, G
UPG2Group assignment2 creditsU, G
TEN1Written examination3.5 creditsU, 3, 4, 5

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses:
Industrial Ecology, Resource efficient products, Biofuels for transportation, and others.

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Carina Sundberg

Examiner

Jonas Ammenberg

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 38 h
Recommended self-study hours: 122 h

Course literature

Ammenberg, J., 2012, Miljömanagement. Studentlitteratur. Lund.
Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPG1 Group assignment 0.5 credits U, G
UPG2 Group assignment 2 credits U, G
TEN1 Written examination 3.5 credits U, 3, 4, 5
Ammenberg, J., 2012, Miljömanagement. Studentlitteratur. Lund.

Note: The course matrix might contain more information in Swedish.

I = Introduce, U = Teach, A = Utilize
I U A Modules Comment
1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING
1.1 Knowledge of underlying mathematics and science (G1X level)

                            
1.2 Fundamental engineering knowledge (G1X level)

                            
1.3 Further knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural science (G2X level)

                            
1.4 Advanced knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural sciences (A1X level)

                            
1.5 Insight into current research and development work

                            
2. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
2.1 Analytical reasoning and problem solving

                            
2.2 Experimentation, investigation, and knowledge discovery

                            
2.3 System thinking

                            
2.4 Attitudes, thought, and learning

                            
2.5 Ethics, equity, and other responsibilities

                            
3. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION
3.1 Teamwork

                            
3.2 Communications

                            
3.3 Communication in foreign languages

                            
4. CONCEIVING, DESIGNING, IMPLEMENTING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS IN THE ENTERPRISE, SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT
4.1 External, societal, and environmental context

                            
4.2 Enterprise and business context

                            
4.3 Conceiving, system engineering and management

                            
4.4 Designing

                            
4.5 Implementing

                            
4.6 Operating

                            
5. PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS
5.1 Societal conditions, including economic, social, and ecological aspects of sustainable development for knowledge development

                            
5.2 Economic conditions for knowledge development

                            
5.3 Identification of needs, structuring and planning of research or development projects

                            
5.4 Execution of research or development projects

                            
5.5 Presentation and evaluation of research or development projects

                            

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