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Strategies for Sustainability



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SS 2016 - WS 2018/19

Fakultät VII

H 92

Institut für Technologie und Management

37331400 FG Strategische Führung und Globales Management

Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo

Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo

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Learning Outcomes

- Being able to develop and implement strategies for sustainability - Being able to define aspects of ecological and social sustainability - Evaluation and measuring of strategic options - Being able to choose between different strategic options - Ability to respond to multidimensional challenges (e.g. balance between sustainability and performance)


This course deals with the challenges that different market actors (start-ups, incumbents, NGOs, public administration) have to cope with and what solutions they derive. Some of the topics are: - How can sustainability be defined and delineated from other related concepts? - How can corporate social performance be measured? - Can sustainability be profitable? - How can incumbents incorporate aspects of sustainability into their strategies, their business models and their internal processes? - To what extent hinder or foster innovation and sustainability each other in the corporate context? - Which individual capabilities are required from leaders to implement sustainability successfully? - How can start-ups add to more sustainability in society? - Which role do family owned businesses play for social sustainability and which trends are important in this context right now? - In how far has the public administration to deal with goal conflicts when decisions about sustainability strategies have to be made? - What role do NGOs play for sustainable societal goals? - How can the collaboration between public administration and NGOs be set up to align their objectives? When could it be inevitable to arrive at bigger conflicts?

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
Strategies for Sustainability IV 73 140 L 7781 SS English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Strategies for Sustainability (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Exkursions 1.0 15.0h 15.0h
Preparation and revision 15.0 7.0h 105.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The module includes lectures, exercises and field trips. Its main goal is to present the students the many challenges that strategies for sustainability have to cope with. Therefore we investigate what it means to derive and implement sustainable strategies from the perspectives of start-up companies, established firms, NGOs and political institutions. On the one hand, the different perspectives will show how difficult the balance between (ecological/social) sustainability and performance can be, but on the other hand they will also show how different actors have dealt with it and what might be success factors for future implementations. The lecture will focus on the presentation of theoretical frameworks and speeches by guests, while the exercise will include some academic reading tasks, and the field trips will enrich the course by adding to a more comprehensive perspective.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Attendance at module „Nachhaltiges Management - Einführung”

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

No information



Test elements

Name Categorie Duration/Extent
Presentation including elaborate handout 70 No information
Term paper 30 No information

Grading scale

No grading scale given

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio examination consists of the following elements, adding up to a maximum of 100 credits. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 50.

Registration Procedures

Internal application via ISIS2

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
No recommended literature given.

Assigned Degree Programs

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Verwendungen (9)
Studiengänge: 2 Stupos: 2 Erstes Semester: SS 2017 Letztes Semester: WS 2018/19


Each semester we start with a general information lecture. There we present the content overview and formal modalities for each of our courses. Date and place can be seen from our website. We strongly recommend attendance for this particular session. For each course we also provide a syllabus, which includes information about the per week proceedings of our courses with regard to content, task assignments and required readings.