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    Examines how businesses are responding to sustainability and climate change in the current socio-economic context, and encourages students to create alternative scenarios of future business worlds.

    The call for businesses to become more sustainable is ever-increasing, and now many companies are adopting what they call sustainable practices. This paper will focus on exploring sustainability and organisations. It will largely concentrate on the socio-economic context of organisations to analyse the possibilities for sustainability. The paper considers the central tenets of sustainable development/sustainability and how these could operate in an organisation. It includes discussions of how organisations are responding to calls for them to be more ecologically and socially sustainable and how business is responding to climate change policies. Furthermore, there will be an emphasis on evaluating and critiquing responses to business being sustainable.

    About this paper

    Paper title Organisations and Sustainability
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 200-level points
    MANT 437
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Sara Walton

    Paper Structure

    This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Discuss the study of organisations within a wider societal context to understand the social and environmental implications of managing business organisation
    • Discuss the notion of sustainable development as a "solution to resolve the tension of economy and ecology"
    • Critically evaluate sustainability, sustainable development and climate change rhetoric
    • Evaluate frameworks of business sustainability
    • Be capable, socially informed and environmentally aware individuals and potential employees
    • Understand and assess organisational responses to sustainability and climate change
    • Provide recommendations to organisations in terms of sustainable operations and strategy


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
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