Sustainable People Management
This course enhances participant's critical thinking and understanding of sustainable people management. It covers common managerial and leadership practices while providing the knowledge needed for social sustainability.
Why Sustainable Management?
Majority of organizations in the public and private sectors recognize the importance of the three pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, and social/people). In practice, however, the emphasis on these pillars vary greatly. Traditionally, financial sustainability has been the prime concern for organizations. Growing awareness of organization environmental footprints has resulted in an increasing integration of environmental consciousness in strategic decisions. Far less attention, however, has been devoted to social sustainability – in particulate, to the social impact resulting from people management decisions.
This course responds to the need for social sustainability integration in organizational life. As such, it focuses on people management in organizations from a sustainability perspective. The course also discusses the role of managers and leaders in designing and maintaining sustainable work systems, that contribute to corporate sustainability and societal sustainable development.
The various learning activities are based on recent scientific research in the field. The course, additionally, addresses some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the practical complexity of concurrently attending to the competing demands of sustainability.
Topics covered in this course include:
- Sustainable people management
- Developing strategies, policies and practices for sustainable people management
- Assessing and communicating sustainable people management
Who is this programme for?
This course is relevant for managers and leaders in public and private organizations and across sectors. By attending this course, the participants will develop knowledge and skills needed to practically work with social sustainability. This is not a prescriptive course – rather, it is a course that aims to broaden participants’ knowledge and critical thinking on how social sustainability can be part of corporate sustainability.
Wajda Wikhamn is Associate Professor at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. She obtained her PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Wajda has a long experience teaching on various levels in diverse related topics (HRM, organizational behaviour, creativity and innovation, research methods) from both Sweden and Norway. Her research on people management is published in various international scientific journals. Wajda has been involved in various sustainability projects in education.
The course will be delivered using the Insendi platform and webinar tools such as Adobe Connect
This course is 15 credits and is conducted through a combination of campus and online learning process. The campus module will consist of 2 sessions x 2 days. The online module will combine online content, videos and exercises to support the learning, both individually and in groups. The combination of campus and online learning process equals 75 lecturing hours over one semester.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage or other course materials.
Read the admission requirements for this programme.
There are no requirements for prior knowledge beyond the admission requirements.
Basic English skills are recommended.
The students are evaluated through an individual home assignment and a (final) term paper.
- The term paper accounts for 60% of the total grade, and may be written individually or in groups of maximum three persons. The students can choose between three options on what they want to write about.
- The individual 72 hour home assignment accounts for 40% of the total grade. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the course.
All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the course. Both types of evaluations are based on the application of the concepts and tools learned in the course.
Teaching language is English.
The exam/term paper can be written in English or Norwegian.
A syllabus is available in the student portal for applicants who have been admitted to the programme. Username and password for the student portal will be sent to you before the start date.
The tuition fee is normally charged in two instalments, 1-2 weeks after the start of each semester. You will find the invoice under My invoice in the student portal.
See Tuition Fees at BI Norwegian Buisness School for complete overview.
Oslo: Fall 2022 The course is cancelled