Credits: 6

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 03.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Tiina Ritvala
Terhi Elomaa

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period II (2018-2019), Töölö campus
Period II (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course dives into the key dynamics of sustainable business practice in the global business environment. Upon successful completion of this course, you will understand how differences in regulations and social norms in different countries influence legitimate organizational behavior. You will also be able to compare and assess social and environmental sustainability activities of both multinational enterprises (MNEs) and smaller firms, and their impact of producing shared value for both business and society. Moreover, the course develops your ability to critically assess the challenges and opportunities of cross-sector partnerships between companies, non-profit organizations and governments. During the course you will also strengthen your group working and reflective skills enabling you to reflect on your understanding and future practice of sustainability.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course offers an overview of diversity of actors, theoretical perspectives and topics at the international business-society interface. We will focus on the firm level strategies and cross-sector partnership engaging profit and nonprofit actors. Theoretically, we  concentrate on institutional and strategic perspectives on sustainability. Topics covered in this course range from corporate, social and environmental sustainability programs to internationalization of social enterprises and shared value analysis. The course is highly interactive. Cases are drawn from a variety of issues, industries/sectors, organizations and geographical contexts. Several classes will feature a guest.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 30 h
Independent work 130 h
Total 160 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Readings indicated in the syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

26E03300 Operating in Different Cultural Contexts
26E03301 Institutions, Partnerships and Responsible Business

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is restricted to 50 students (including quotas for students from the Open University and Joo-studies).

1. MIB/Global Management/CEMS/Creative Sustainability students;
2. MIB minor students;
3. Other BIZ and exchange students;
4. Other Aalto students.

There is compulsory attendance in the first lecture and when your group is presenting.


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