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

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO 1-5 The LTA strategy for this module is aimed at giving students an insight into a new, and increasingly important aspect of business strategy – that of sustainability. The aim is, therefore, to present the material and structure the assessment methods in ways in which active and collaborative learning are encouraged. Thus, the approach is to encourage students to utilise their own experiences – as consumers, and employees of businesses – to engage with the topic of sustainability, and to incorporate an assessment model in which there is emphasis on group work as an integral part of the module.
The assessment strategy has been designed to build in student participation as an integral part of the learning experience. In component one, 20% of the marks come from the assessment of each student’s participation in tutorials and of their contribution to a group presentation on a tutorial case study which will normally focus on one of the LOs. To support effective formative and summative feedback the tutorial is extended to 1.5 hours per week.
Embedding of Employability
LO 3-5 The issue of “employability” is addressed particularly by case study analysis with Tutorial discussion - and assessed group working and presentations - on the experiences of international companies in dealing with the issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development.
Research /Teaching Linkages
Students will be encouraged to research company experience and both team members engage in academic research which will enhance the quality of the teaching input
Promoting Accessibility
It is expected that this Module will be of interest particularly to those who have taken Business Ethics or equivalent option on a number of Business School programmes. While a level 9 module will not be required as a prerequisite, it is likely that many students will view this level 10 module as a natural progression from year 3 to year 4.
Internationalisation: It is expected t

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

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= 0, WORDS= 2000
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

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.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Business Strategy and Sustainable Development