Strategies for Business Sustainability and Innovation

This course examines the innovation strategies that business introduce to deal with issues associated with sustainability and climate change. The course looks at the emergence of new clean technologies - their applications in industry environments and theprocesses by which businesses translate this knowledge into competitive advantages.

The course aims to:

  1. Give students exposure to some of the significant, complex issues facing organisations and communities, particularly those resulting from global environmental change caused by climate change and natural resource scarcity.
  2. Give students an understanding of climate policy developments and the effectiveness of policy responses.
  3. Introduce students to the concepts and tools associated with greenhouse gas / carbon emission and energy auditing, as well as greenhouse gas management.
  4. Give students an understanding of the need for innovative responses by organisations and means of driving change, particularly through the application of scenarios.
  5. Develop pragmatic strategies for effective business adaptation and resilience.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
1  Understand the range of challenges organisations are facing resulting from changing environmental conditions
2  Discuss and critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of policy developments
3  Understand the rational and process for undertaking a greenhouse gas / carbon emission and energy audit
4  Be able to apply a framework to help identify the innovation and response needs of an organisation
5  Use strategic thinking to develop innovative and frame breaking responses to the issues associated with sustainability and climate change