Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student is able to:

1. understand what are global value chains (GVCs) and why are they are at the core of sustainability;
2. identify different ways of economic, social and environmental upgrading in GVCs;
3. reflect upon the interdependencies and tensions between social, economic and environmental sustainability of GVCs;
4. envision how MNEs can transform their strategies and GVCs based on sustainability; and
5. apply Excel for basic analysis of data.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.10.2022 - 01.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tiina Ritvala, Iiris Saittakari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of three modules: 1) Introduction; 2) Social, economic and environmental upgrading in GVCs; and 3) Presentations and Conclusions

    The first module provides an overview of the course and its key concepts. It emphasizes the role of global value chains (GVCs) in addressing global grand challenges and the UN sustainable development goals. The second module focuses on the different ways that companies can upgrade their GVCs and contribute to social, economic and environmental sustainability. Several classes draw on real-life cases and engage guests from different sectors and industries. The third module is dedicated to students’ presentations of future-oriented entrepreneurial solutions to promote sustainability in GVCs.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Based on participation and assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching

    Independent work



Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) Strategic Management in a Changing World students, 2) Creative Sustainability Master's students, 3) Global Management / CEMS students, 4) BIZ exchange students, 5) BIZ students, 6) World in Transition minor students, 7) Other students.