Executive MBA specialisation

Sustainable Business

This specialisation is now integrated in one Executive MBA. Read more on the EMBA main pages.

Sustainability has moved from a fringe issue to mainstream, and is being integrated into the core of leading companies such as Tesla, Unilever, Patagonia, IKEA and even Walmart.

New studies also show net benefits and profits for realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 12 to 26 trillion USD range by 2030. Still, the main barrier for international CEOs today is how to integrate sustainability with core business functions and needs for being competitive.

This specialisation will provide you with the overview and the practical skills needed to transform into a successful sustainable business, through professional creativity, entrepreneurship and high performance leadership.

This specialisation will give you the necessary insight, tools and skills to transform your organisation to a sustainable business and tap into the vast potential for green growth.


  • The Challenge of Transformation to Sustainable Growth
  • Entrepreneurship and Green Business Innovations
  • Navigating the long term future, while accounting for today’s performance
  • High performance change management for sustainability transformation

Core courses, Consultancy project and Personal Development Programme are common for all specialisations.

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The Challenge of Transformation to Sustainable Growth
This course aims to introduce green growth as a field of leadership and strategy. Most studies show that sustainable business attract employees, collaborate better with regulators, and discover new opportunities for innovation. We spell out these links, discuss hybrid business models and explore the personal motivation and ethics of sustainable leadership. Participants will gain insight into the main differences between green economics and mainstream economics, learn how to set hybrid visions and acquire the tools for analysing opportunities for green growth. We will also discuss controversies of “greenwashing”, the circular economy and radical resource productivity. 

Entrepreneurship and Green Business Innovations
This course, conducted in Stockholm, focuses on how you can develop smart green ideas and make business models for innovations. Learn more about design thinking in practice, social entrepreneurship and impact investment, and how companies can tackle cultural and organisational inertia. We delve into entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, how new green ventures go from seed to growth stage - and from start-ups to scale-ups.

Navigating the long term future, while accounting for today’s performance
How serious is global warming ‒ and how can we solve it? In this course, participants will learn about how to develop strategic scenarios, and explore driving forces for disruptive change over the next 10-50 years. What is the future of sustainability and the global sustainability goals? Will low carbon technology, circular economy and regenerative practices be sufficient for a safe transformation in time? We will also look at what kind of organisations and competence will be needed to surf the next big wave of the green shift.

High performance change management for sustainability transformation
In our final course, we focus on how you can manage the change involved in executing green strategies. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up a guiding coalition, co-creating direction, mobilising resources and energy in people through positive relationships, as well as using the progress principle and cultivating a mastery climate for fast learning and institutionalising of practices. As a part of this process, you will also work with developing a green business plan for your own company.

"The transformation of wastefulness into tomorrow’s sustainable companies is the greatest business opportunity in the 21st century."

Per Espen Stoknes

Associate Professor

Programme structure

Module 1 08. March - 20. March 2021 Oslo
Module 2 10. June - 26. June 2021 Oslo
Module 3 06. September - 18. September 2021 Oslo
Module 4 22. November - 04. December 2021 Shanghai/
Module 5 21. February - 04. March 2022 Berkeley
Module 6 23. May - 04. June 2022 Oslo

CP presentation Graduation: 27. September - 29. September 2022 (Oslo)

  • Oslo

    BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe’s largest business schools, and among the less than 1 % of business schools worldwide that have been awarded the triple ‘crown’ accreditation. BI has one of Europe’s largest teams of researchers within economics, business, administration and marketing.

  • Stockholm

    Stockholm is recognised as one of the leading sustainability innovation hubs in Europe and the world. We’ll visit the Norrsken House ‒ Europe's biggest hub for impact and technology, aiming to be a «impact unicorn» factory. There we will examine innovations in food-tech, green-tech, climate-tech and biotech.

  • Berkeley

    Berkeley is close to the Silicon Valley, the home of many of the world’s largest technology companies, and the ideal place to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. We will learn about how these companies move from idea to start-up, and why the processes here are so fast. Our classes take place at the renowned Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.

"The EMBA programme is intensive, but the two-week modules allowed me to combine studies with work and family life."

Børge Hansen

Atea Norway

"Incredible learning experience that has leveraged my leadership skills dramatically."

Marie Reumont

Norsk Stein AS


Practical information

Programme starts: 8 March 2021

Length of programme: 18 months part-time, divided into six two-weeks modules.

The Executive MBA is an intense programme that requires total commitment from its participants. The admissions committee places particulare emphasis on each applicant`s academic qualifications, motivation, professional experience and maturity. 

Application and admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, and reviewed by an admission committee. Qualifying applicants are invited for an interview.

Admission requirements 

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is NOK 460 000 (divided into three instalments). Study materials are included. The tuition fee does not include travel expenses (flights and accommodation)

As this is a part time programme, you can only apply for a tourist visa. If you are eligible for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, the EMBA is a supported programme. Please see their website for more information. Please note that we are unable to assist you with queries related to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.


BI offer scholarships for exceptional candidates joining the Executive MBA. Females and employees in non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply. The scholarship awards 25% of tuition fee and will be deducted from the total tuition fee. Please note that admission decisions will be made prior to decision on the scholarships. Application deadline December 1.