About this Course
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The achievement of a balanced economic, social and environmental development - as expressed in the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development - is recognized as one of the major challenges humanity is facing today. What is less clear is whether and how organizations can generate business opportunities and value for their stakeholders while tackling such challenges. In this course, thought leaders in a wide variety of management and economics fields illustrate how to assess and seize the opportunities offered by these global emergencies. They will offer new ways to understand the purpose and the logic of success of the business enterprise in this new context, providing ideas and examples on how to manage the transition process to realize the value creation potential from corporate sustainability for all involved stakeholders. Learning objectives The course will allow you to: - Understand What the macroeconomic and microeconomic consequences of both climate changes, poverty, hunger, gender or race discriminations, lack of communication between the State, Civil Societies, and businesses, etc are. - Understand Why it is important for businesses to tackle sustainability issues in order to create more and better business opportunities; - Learn How each individual, organization and system can start to analyze its behaviors and change towards more sustainable practices and models....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Understanding the Sustainability Challenge: the Systemic Level

This section will introduce the course and frame the complex set of issues that the course aims to tackle. You will learn about some of the most important global sustainability challenges within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how to reflect on their implications for business. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 69 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Short-Termism and its Long-term Consequences – Maurizio Zollo3m
Short-Termism and its Long-term Consequences: Introduction to the Fishbank Simulation – Maurizio Zollo4m
Understanding the Tragedy of the Commons – Maurizio Zollo5m
A New, Research-based, Approach to the Development of a Sustainability Mindset – Maurizio Zollo (optional: meditation podcasts in the Download section)12m
The Sustainable Development Goals and their Relevance for Business – Valentina Mele6m
Climate Change and its Economic Implications – Valentina Bosetti6m
Industrial Ecology – Fabio Iraldo8m
Poverty and Income Inequalities – Eliana La Ferrara, Maurizio Zollo11m
Gender Equality and Sustainability – Paola Profeta6m
Reading2 readings
Beyond What and Why: Understanding Organizational Evolution toward Sustainable Enterprise Models10m
Additional Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 110m

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3 hours to complete

Understanding the Sustainability Challenge: the Business Level

In this section you will learn the core concepts of corporate sustainability and the key dimensions that distinguish a sustainable organization. Instructors will discuss the foundations of the stakeholder-based view of the firm, and the logic for and against the primacy of shareholder value maximization as guiding purpose for firms' existence. We will then explore sustainability challenges and opportunities for organizations across some of the key dimensions of business, and conclude with a roundtable discussion on the nature of the sustainable enterprise. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 125 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
What is a Sustainable Enterprise? (part 2) – Maurizio Zollo10m
The Purpose of the Corporation – Nicola Misani5m
The Stakeholder-based View of the Firm – Nicola Misani6m
The Shareholder-Stakeholder Debate – Nicolai J. Foss, Maurizio Zollo28m
Corporate Governance – Xing Kelly Chen4m
Understanding the Environmental Footprints of Companies – Michael Russo11m
Business Ethics & Sustainability – Maurizio Zollo, Celia Moore4m
Responsible Leadership – Massimo Magni3m
International Implementation of Sustainability – Anne Jacqueminet10m
Roundtable on the Nature of the Sustainable Enterprise – Maurizio Zollo, Christiane Bode, Armando Cirrincione, Anne Jacqueminet, Michael Russo, Miles Bernard Gietzmann29m
Reading2 readings
Additional Materials10m
Slide set Week 210m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 210m

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3 hours to complete

Why Corporate Sustainability? Assessing the Strategic Opportunity

This module consists of two different parts. In the first part we will explore why corporate sustainability could be paramount for corporate success. In the second part, you will learn about successful cases of organizations focusing on a business model designed around sustainability principles and mindsets....
Reading
8 videos (Total 108 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Social Impact and Employee Preferences – Christiane Bode5m
Social Enterprise: Definitions and Examples – Rakhi Mehra6m
Creating a Sustainable Enterprise from Scratch: a Case Study – Rakhi Mehra8m
Impact Investing – Audrey Selian, Rakhi Mehra22m
Impact Assessment – Rakhi Mehra, Eric Ezechieli14m
Circular Economy: The Aquafil Case – Salvo Testa, Giulio Bonazzi22m
Responsibly-Innovative Startups: Re-Bello & Wrad Cases – Francesca Romana Rinaldi20m
Reading4 readings
The Impact of Corporate Sustainability on Organizational Processes and Performance10m
Investing in the Sustainable Future10m
Additional Materials10m
Slide set Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 310m

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2 hours to complete

Seizing the Strategic Opportunity: Managing Sustainability Transitions across Business Functions

In this module, you will learn to assess the challenges related to the management of the integration of sustainability-related processes in business organizations. This transformational change challenge is assessed across some of the key business functions and will allow you to frame and address similar challenges and opportunities within your own business context. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 93 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Integrating Sustainability in Corporate Strategy – Maurizio Zollo10m
Sustainable Corporate Growth Strategies – Maurizio Zollo12m
Governance: Institutionalizing Sustainability – Xing Kelly Chen5m
Accounting and Controlling – Ariela Caglio6m
Supply Chain: Main Problems – MJ. Ni. ilknur Tekin3m
Supply Chain Focus Pills: Risks in Fashion Supply Chain – Iolanda D’Amato1m
Supply Chain Case: the YKK Group Case – Iolanda D'Amato15m
HR Strategy and Management – Silvia Bagdadli5m
Sales & Marketing – Armando Cirrincione5m
R&D Innovation: a Framework – Nicoletta Corrocher8m
R&D Innovation: Technological Change and Innovation – MJ. Ni. ilknur Tekin3m
Reading2 readings
Additional Materials10m
Slide set Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 410m
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Top Reviews

By MAMay 16th 2018

very interesting course and with full updated exemplas and material. i strongly recommend it

Instructor

Maurizio Zollo

Dean’s Chaired Professor in Strategy and Sustainability
Management and Technology Department

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