Module: Sustainable Business Strategy

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Inge Hill
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

  • Business models and the nature of sustainable strategic change.
  • Corporate purpose, values, mission and objectives.
  • Business environmental appraisal.
  • Evaluating an organisation’s internal resources and capabilities.
  • Sustainability and the triple-bottom-line.
  • Identify key strategic issues for Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Growth strategies and theories for SMEs and large corporates, allowing to sustain competitive advantage.

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. ​Provide critical analysis of trends in the external environment and identify implications for decision makers in organisations.
  2. Critically evaluate the internal company situation with focus on examining important factors of competitive advantage.
  3. Outline the business model and how sustainability is / could be integrated in business operations and strategy.
  4. Compare a range of feasible strategic options for sustainable business development and justify recommendations in line with the UN sustainable development goals.
  5. Analyse options for the implementation of strategic decisions, and provide a robust defence of recommendations.


Assessment Description Weighting
Report A critical essay discussing options for further development of a real organisation. (3000 words) 100%

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Key texts

Essential resources:

  • Johnson, G., Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (2020). Exploring Strategy. (12th edition). F.T. Prentice Hall. 
  • Lynch, R. (2018). Strategic Management. 8th edition. Pearson.

Additional resources:

  • Grant, R. M. (2016). Contemporary strategy analysis. 9th edition. Wiley.