In this unit of study students will engage comprehensively and critically with the challenges and opportunities presented to businesses by the United Nation's agenda of sustainable development. This UN agenda outlines a systemic development concept for the period 2016-2030 covering four critical dimensions: economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and good governance. The key idea of this framework is the mobilisation of key all societal actors in the public and private sectors, in order to achieve a transition from 'business-as-usual' thinking towards a sustainable development path. As the principal engine for economic growth and job creation, but also the principal consumers of natural resources, businesses have a critical role to play in this process. Critically, businesses will have to develop and deliver many of the new technologies, organizational models, and management systems that are required in this transition. Against this background, in this unit of study you will analyse how business leaders and managers can transform their companies towards systemic sustainable development. You will learn to apply relevant theoretical frameworks based on the practices of pioneering companies, and critically question the feasibility of the UN agenda in light of the competitive nature of business.
1x 3hr seminar per week
assignment 1 (10%), assignment 2 (40%), assignment 3 - report (40%), assignment 3 - presentation (10%)
Understanding the major functions of a business and how those business functions interact internally and externally so the company can be competitive in a changing market. How information systems can be used and managed in a business. How to critically analyse a business and determine its option for transformation. Desirable Assumed knowledge: Experience as a member of a project team.