Organizations and Sustainability
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Business, Environmental Sustainability, Management Science
Taught In English
MANT 251 or 36 200-level MANT points
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Examines how businesses are responding to sustainability and climate change in the current socio-economic context, and encourages students to create alternative scenarios of future business worlds.
The call for businesses to become more sustainable is ever increasing and now many companies are adopting what they call sustainable practices. This course will focus on exploring sustainability and organisations. It will largely concentrate on the socio-economic context of organisations to analyse the possibilities for sustainaibility. The course considers the central tenets of sustainable development/sustainability and how these could operate in an organisation. It includes discussions of how organisations are responding to calls for them to be more ecologicially and socially sustainable and how business is responding to climate change policies. Furthermore, there will be an emphasis on evaluating and critiquing responses to business being sustainable.
- Discuss the study of organisations within a wider societal context to understand the social and environmental implications of managing business organisation
- Discuss the notion of sustainable development as a "solution to resolve the tension of economy and ecology"
- Critically evaluate sustainability, sustainable development and climate change rhetoric
- Evaluate frameworks of business sustainability
- Be capable, socially informed and environmentally aware individuals and potential employees
- Understand and assess organisational responses to sustainability and climate change
- Provide recommendations to organisations in terms of sustainable operations and strategy
Text books are not required for this course.
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