Module investigates the values that frame sustainable enterprise

A UK Business School  embarked on a journey to evolve both an Undergraduate and Postgraduate curriculum that is more representative of Responsible Management education.  One of their pilot programmes is a module on Sustainable Enterprise Economy. Three critical factors contributed to developing this module; the willingness of a virtual team comprising cross-discipline collaborative colleagues, the flexibility afforded us by Faculty Managers to achieve University accreditation, and critically the UN Global Compact, but more specifically access to PRME initiative as a reference point.

Exeter Business SchoolUsing the momentum gained from launching the Exeter One Planet MBA, a course which is centered on the recognition that we are living on a planet with finite resources and must adapt accordingly, we at the University of Exeter Business School have embarked on the next stage. This is the need to evolve both an undergraduate and a postgraduate curriculum that is more representative of Responsible Management education.

So, our Sustainable Enterprise Economy (SEE) module began as a pilot in January 2012. The learning path of the module is guided by the question, ‘How can business, government and not-for-profit leaders and managers better integrate the needs of the planet, people, and profits in the short and long term?

We present the challenges facing the world of business today within the context of the United Nations Global Compact. In the module, we aim to provide an understanding of the values that frame a model for sustainable enterprise and specifically the potential to shape future managerial practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own understanding of and responses to this UN initiative in the context of sustainable patterns of globalization. They will apply this knowledge and understanding systematically and creatively to the challenges facing firms both locally and globally. The module’s post-contemporary perspective of the interrelationships between Business, Society and the Environment will cause students to think holistically about implementing transformative change and help them to become the globally responsible leaders that the world needs.

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