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Approx. 12 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Assess business decisions using metrics including financial maximization, shareholder value, customer well-being, and societal impact

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    Apply the principles and tools of complex systems thinking to sustainable business challenges and/or opportunities

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    Identify and evaluate strategies, processes and leadership techniques that enable successful sustainability transitions in a business context

Skills you will gain

SustainabilityCorporate Social ResponsibilityEthics
Learners taking this Course are
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Lawyers
  • Marketers
  • Project Managers
  • Data Analysts

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Beginner Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 10 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

The nature of sustainability

5 videos (Total 18 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Week 1 outline1m
Video 1.1 The origins of sustainability3m
Video 1.2 The sustainable development goals3m
Video 1.3 Business and the sustainable development goals5m
6 readings
Course overview1m
Learning activities and assessment1m
Sustainability30m
Sustainable development goals30m
UN Global Compact30m
UN global compact30m
2 practice exercises
Recall: The nature of sustainability30m
Week 11h
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Concerns with business impacts

4 videos (Total 23 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Video 2.1 Industrialisation5m
Video 2.2 Neoliberalism8m
Video 2.3 Globalisation and multinational corporations (MNCs)6m
3 readings
Industrialisation and human activity30m
'​Free to compete' or free to deplete?30m
Self-dealing, protectionism, and authoritarian globalisation30m
2 practice exercises
Recall: Sustainability and business impacts30m
Week 2
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Strategic responses to sustainability

4 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Video 3.1 Organisational ethics programs5m
Video 3.2 Corporate social responsibility (CSR)7m
Video 3.3 Market-based environmentalism6m
3 readings
Values and integrity30m
Strategic CSR30m
The ‘green’ paradigm shift30m
2 practice exercises
Recall: Strategic responses to sustainability30m
Week 31h
Week
4
3 hours to complete

The difficulty of being ethical in organisations

4 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Video 4.1 Are some managers evil?4m
Video 4.2 Bureaucratic organisations and amorality4m
Video 4.3 Authority, role following, and the loss of ethics7m
3 readings
'A few bad apples?'30m
The sins of bureaucratic rationality30m
Ethical decision-making30m
2 practice exercises
Recall: The difficulty of being ethical in organisations30m
Week 41h

Instructor

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Associate Professor Edward Wray-Bliss

Department of Management
Macquarie University

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About the Strategising: Management for Global Competitive Advantage Specialization

Leaders must have the ability to develop and deploy effective strategies. This specialisation will prepare you to be the strategic change-maker capable of enabling your organisation to compete into the future. You will learn: how to think strategically to make your organisation more competitive (Be Competitive); how crucial it now is for supply chains to effectively meet customer demands (Be Global); how to leverage technology and innovation to disrupt and reshape your organisation (Be Disruptive); and how to make a positive contribution to the world while effectively maintaining the bottom line (Be Sustainable)....
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