Sustainability for SME practitioners 3 Credits
Course ContentsThis course aims to equip practitioners working in small and medium-sized companies and other organizations in Sweden with an introduction to relevant topics of sustainability and to then facilitate their application of these insights to their organization’s practical reality.
This course is designed to enable practitioners to gain an understanding of sustainability issues relevant for SMEs mainly in the region of Jönköping by gaining insights as well as hands-on tips and tools as to how to effectively transform their organizations to become more sustainable. The different sessions in this program are designed to equip owners and managers of SMEs with the knowledge and tools necessary in creating real sustainability actions in their organizations. Participants will gain the skills needed to navigate their organizations through the complexity and urgency triggered by regional, national and global environmental and soci(et)al challenges. The course will also highlight opportunities to contribute to a regenerative economy and manage SMEs towards increased sustainability.
The certificate course, through informative and practical sessions, is designed to empower and equip owners and managers of SMEs to move their organizations forward in their sustainability actions and future planning. Sessions will cover topics such as, but not limited to, an introduction to sustainability, tools for sustainable business such as canvas, sustainable economic and business models, innovation for sustainability, sustainability reporting, and communication.
The 3 credit course on Sustainability for SME practitioners is developed around modules that build together to form a practically relevant certificate course.
Connection to Research and Practice
This course is designed and delivered by the Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at JIBS. Research at MMTC focuses on how the driving forces of sustainability, digitalization and globalization impact business and industry transformation and aims at producing insights of high relevance to practice. These insights are translated into this course, in which JIBS faculty will share their expertise about regional SMEs, social innovation and inclusion, environmental degradation and the urgency of creating change so that Agenda 2030 can be achieved. In partnership with Region Jönköping, Science Park and other experts we will explore through hands-on sessions fruitful ways for participating SMEs to engage in the challenges and opportunities of sustainability.
PrerequisitesGeneral entry requirements and Swedish 3/B. In addition, at least one year of relevant work experience in the field of management/entrepreneurship/leadership/project management in a small or medium size enterprise or other relevant organization in Sweden is required. Also, applicants need to submit a letter from the applicant´s employer granting the participant the mandate to work with sustainability-related goals for the organization.
Level of Education: Undergraduate
Course code/Ladok code: JSMG11
The course is conducted at: Jönköping International Business School
Previous and ongoing course occasions
Type of courseSingle subject
Number of required meetings0
SemesterAutumn 2021: Oct 04 - Jan 16 Spring 2022: vecka 03 - 10 (Continues)
Rate of Study10%
Course coordinatorPhilippa Berglund
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students5000kr