Master of Management programme

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.

Practical information


Oslo: Fall 2022 The course is cancelled