Core Module Information
Module title: Business Strategy and Sustainable Development

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE10103
Module leader: Hock Tan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

The module will address sustainability issues in the context of increasing pressure on companies to be seen to be acting responsibly in relation to their social and environmental impacts; but also the increasing realisation, by businesses, that embedding sustainability into strategies can strengthen their competitive position, and increase profitability. The module content, therefore, covers the key factors in a changing business environment, such as increasing populations, (meeting) resource depletion, food shortages (and higher prices), climate change, and discusses the multinational government initiatives to address these issues. Then, the module turns to the formulation and implementation of ‘sustainable strategies by businesses, focussing on theoretical frameworks by Laszlo, Porter and Kramer, and Prahalad (see Reading List).

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. To understand the concept of sustainable development
2. To appraise the key sustainability issues, and to assess the impact on business organisations
3. To assess the processes by which businesses can embed ‘sustainable development’ in their strategies
4. To evaluate how engagement with sustainability can be beneficial to businesses in terms of creating competitive advantage...
5. Assess the role of corporate social and environmental reporting (‘social accounting’) in contributing to the attainment of sustainability goals.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hock Tan
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 12
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 144
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1-3 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Oral Presentation 20 1-5 6 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100