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The Sustainable Enterprise - Social and Ecological Perspectives 15 Credits

Course Contents

This course introduces students to concepts in the fields of sustainable development and social and ecological sustainability. The course provides frameworks to create, scale and replicate sustainable enterprises as a means of eliminating poverty and/or ecological deterioration. The course pays particular attention to the regulatory and voluntary frameworks that sustainable enterprises are expected to relate to, in connection with these themes – at the local, regional and international level.

The content reflects the various aspects relevant in developing a sustainable enterprise including:
  • sustainable development and sustainability – including human ecology,
  • challenges of poverty, exclusion, environmental degradation and climate change,
  • perspectives on economic growth and implications for sustainability
  • regulatory and voluntary frameworks for enterprise development– including system thinking and triple bottom line,
  • concepts and models describing sustainable organizations – including social enterprises and ecological enterprises,
  • creation and development for different markets – including the bottom of the pyramid and the lifestyle of health and sustainability, and
  • sustainable product design and business modelling for launching, scaling and replicating a sustainable enterprise.

Connection to Research and Practice

In “The Sustainable Enterprise - Social and Ecological Perspectives” we will be exploring and applying the latest scientific literature on some of the greatest challenges facing business, both large and small. Students will become aware of the connection between scientific research and business operations and management practices by studying the that linear economic activities, that is, those which are based on “take-make-consume-waste”, is now an unsustainable way to pursue economic growth. The linear economy of targeting ongoing economic growth has reached its “use by date”. Managers need to take up practices supportive of a circular economy of Reducing waste, Repairing products, Remanufacturing, Recycle up, Restoring nature and Reimagining the future of products and services. Sustainability is a major topic of research at JIBS being a key research domain for both MMTC and CeFEO research centers.


15 credits in Business Administration or Economics or equivalent.

Level of Education: Undergraduate
Course code/Ladok code: JSEK17
The course is conducted at: Jönköping International Business School

Previous and ongoing course occasions

Type of course
Study type
Spring 2023: Jan 16 - Jun 04
Rate of Study
Course coordinator
Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
Application code
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