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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

Course Overview & Week 1: Business & the Environment

Welcome! Before starting today's video lectures, please have a look at the course syllabus below. In this first session, we'll explore six fundamental differences between how, in my view, CEOs and board members think about the impact of business on the environment and how environmental activists, lobbyists, journalists, and legislators think about the same ideas. The session also deals with the evolution of environmental concern over the last 60 years and how business has responded. Objectives: To understand the different mindset that business has with respect to other parts of civil society and develop an appreciation for the relatively rapid evolution that has occurred in the relationship between business and the environment in the last 60 years.

7 videos (Total 54 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
1. Course Introduction7m
2. Governance & Sustainability8m
3. Six Differences9m
4. The Last 60 Years11m
5. How Business Has Responded10m
6. Session Summary: It's Not About Right and Wrong!4m
5 readings
About This Course2m
Course Syllabus5m
Required Reading Week 1: "A Strategic Approach to Sustainability"30m
Optional Reading: Strategy & Sustainability2h
Quiz 1 Solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Week 112m
2 hours to complete

Week 2 - Strategic Issues

This session calls out the strategic issues in which environmental sustainability plays a key role, such as securing a license to operate, dealing with competition, and shaping consumer and societal perception. Learning Objectives: To dig into the different ways in which the issue of environmental sustainability becomes a subject for business strategy.

6 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2. Catastrophic Risks5m
3. License to Operate8m
4. Consumer Response10m
5. Technological Innovation7m
6. Globalization7m
2 readings
Ted Talk: Elon Musk and the mind behind Tesla20m
Quiz 2 Solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Week 214m
2 hours to complete

Week 3 - Strategic Options

This session first introduces the idea of environmental sensibility which will be different for companies in different business sectors and in different parts of the world. It then develops six strategic approaches that businesses might follow according to the degree to which they choose to comply with or go beyond legislation. Learning Objectives: To understand the idea of environmental sensibility and to explore different levels of response. In addition, learners will be able to determine the right approach for specific firms in a specific sector and place.

6 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2. Take the Low Road & Break the Law7m
3. Wait and See6m
4. Show and Tell8m
5. Pay for Principle9m
6. Think Ahead7m
3 readings
Learning Objectives2m
Ted Talk, "Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability"15m
Quiz 3 Solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Week 312m
2 hours to complete

Week 4 - Environmental Interest Groups

Part of the issue in choosing a strategy to deal with environmental issues is to fully understand the broad spectrum of environmental interest groups. This session explores how the movement took off, distinguishing between four types of groups and examining how business might consider interacting with them (and vice versa). Learning Objectives: To explore the nature of four different types of environmental interest groups such that their motivations and behaviors can be better understood.

6 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2. Conservationists7m
3. Activists12m
4. Localists8m
5. Advocates5m
6. Non-Market Strategy4m
2 readings
Ted Talk, "Global priorities bigger than climate change"16m
Quiz 4 Solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Week 410m
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Top reviews from Strategy and Sustainability

By SPFeb 2nd 2018

Really well put together course material. Mike Rosenberg is a great expert to listen to and his course is very easy to follow, and very comprehensive. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

By VAOct 10th 2017

This course has showed the basic framework of strategy and sustainability very well. The peer assignment also very interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed the course.



Mike Rosenberg

Assistant Professor
Strategic Management

About IESE Business School

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