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Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation

2019-2020
Deze opleiding wordt aangeboden in het Engels. Sommige van de omschrijvingen zijn daarom mogelijk alleen in het Engels beschikbaar.

The minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation is rooted in business and economics to explore how management and innovation can contribute to sustainable development. Addressing the grand challenges of sustainability also offers opportunities for business. Sustainable innovations like renewable energy solutions, circular business models, and ‘sharing economy’ platforms, can create profit, but also value for planet and people. In this minor you will learn to understand sustainability challenges and implications for organizations, and learn how to design sustainable strategies, value chains, and innovations. 

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Taal Engels
Studiepunten 30 EC
Startdatum 01-09-2018
Faculteit
Deze opleiding wordt aangeboden in het Engels. Sommige van de omschrijvingen zijn daarom mogelijk alleen in het Engels beschikbaar.
Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation
Omschrijving
Sustainable development is one of the key challenges for the 21st
century. The minor on Sustainability and Innovation offers students a
programme rooted in business and economics to explore how innovation can
contribute to sustainable development. Sustainability builds on the
understanding that actions ‘here and now’ have effects in other places,
for other people, at other moments in time. This leads to grand
challenges such as problems with global warming, water, energy, and
poverty. Yet, addressing such grand challenges offers opportunities for
business as well, and many leading companies and new start-ups are
reaping such opportunities. Through sustainable innovations like
renewable energy solutions, micro loans, circular business models, and
‘sharing economy’ platforms emerging businesses tap into growth markets.
Characteristic of these opportunities is that they create shared value:
they do not only create profit, but also create value for planet and
people.

In this minor, students will learn how to turn global and local
sustainability issues into business opportunities, and learn how to
apply this knowledge to design strategies, value chains, and
innovations. With its academically and practically challenging
programme, this minor aims to inspire students that wish to take on an
entrepreneurial role in society by joining an established firm, a
government agency, or by starting a firm themselves.

This minor is especially interesting for:
- Future managers who want to understand how sustainability can be
implemented in existing business
- Entrepreneurs / intrapreneurs who want exploit the opportunities
sustainability offers
- Future consultants in sustainability, strategic business consultants,
or government policy consultants
- Students who want to be active in NGO’s or other societal
organizations

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. The minor programme will be
taught in English. Instead of the courses Marketing Sustainable
Innovations and Organizing Sustainable Innovation you may choose to do
an internship. Internships should be aligned with a topic addressed in
the minor and should be initiated by students. Proposals for an
internship need approval from the minor coordinator in advance.

Coordinator: Philipp Tuertscher Department of Information, Logistics and
Innovationphilipp.tuertscher@vu.nl.
Naam vak Periode Credits Code
Grand Challenges for Sustainability P1 6EC E_IBA3_GCS
Shared Value Creation P1 6EC E_IBA3_SVC
Organizing Sustainable Innovation P2 6EC E_IBA3_OSI
Sustainable Supply Chain Management P2 6EC E_IBA3_SSCM
Internship Minor Sustainability and Innovation P2+3 12EC E_IBA3_IMSI
Marketing Sustainable Innovations P3 6EC E_IBA3_MSI