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Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise for Teachers IIMBx

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

In the last years, 'sustainability' has become a trendy topic. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have flourished, with companies coming up with more and more "green promises" to show their commitment to society and to strengthen their reputation. But where does the concept of sustainability come from? Why has it gathered such momentum in both academic and corporate worlds? And finally, what is legitimate about it and how can corporations learn from it to become better in the long run, transforming into 'sustainable entreprises'?

In this course, we will explore the emerging relationships between sustainability concerns, non-market environment and competitive advantage of firms. Building on the basic concepts of strategy, this course places special emphasis on sustainability challenges that firms now encounter.

By encouraging your reflection through various case studies, discussions and interviews, we will aim to enhance your understanding of the alternative models of strategy in the context of sustainable development. You will learn to broaden your perspective in order to assess complex real-life situations with the help of theoretical frameworks. At the end of this course, you will have developed a critical mind to ask yourself the right questions and to challenge the established paradigms.

What you'll learn

  • The nature of the sustainability problems faced by businesses
  • The business case for sustainability: Links between sustainability strategy and corporate performance
  • How can firms integrate sustainability concerns into their business strategy? Which tools and techniques may be employed for this?
  • Applied understanding of stakeholder management, non-market environment and issues/crisis management

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While not mandatory, it is recommended that the participants have already prior knowledge in the field of strategy, as the course will build on basic strategy concepts.

Course Faculty

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PD Jose

PD Jose is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he teaches core courses in corporate strategy and several electives on sustainability. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and Bachelors in Physics from the Institute of Science, Bombay. He has also taught at renowned universities such as the Cardiff University Business School (UK) and the School of Economics and Business at the University of Goteborg, Sweden. He has published in academic journals as well as presented papers on sustainability and strategy in several international conferences. In parallel, he has been consulted with several state governments, international agencies and private sector organizations.

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  2. Classes Start

    August 2017
  3. Classes End

    Oct 25, 2017
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