Minor Sustainability: Management and Innovation

Here you will find all descriptions of courses in the minor. Please go to www.minor.vu.nl/en/ for more information about the contents of the minor programme.

Sustainable development is one of the key challenges for the 21st
century. The minor on Sustainability and Innovation offers students a
programme rooted in business and economics to explore how innovation can
contribute to sustainable development. Sustainability builds on the
understanding that actions ‘here and now’ have effects in other places,
for other people, at other moments in time. This leads to grand
challenges such as problems with global warming, water, energy, and
poverty. Yet, addressing such grand challenges offers opportunities for
business as well, and many leading companies and new start-ups are
reaping such opportunities. Through sustainable innovations like
renewable energy solutions, micro loans, circular business models, and
‘sharing economy’ platforms, to name just a few, these emerging
businesses tap into growth markets. Characteristic of these
opportunities is that they create shared value: they do not only create
profit, but also create value for planet and people. In this minor
students will learn to understand global and local sustainability
issues, and learn how to apply this knowledge to design strategies,
value chains, and innovations. With its academically and practically
challenging programme, this minor aims to inspire students that wish to
take on an entrepreneurial role in society by joining an established
firm, a government agency, or by starting a firm themselves.

This minor can be followed by all SBE bachelor students. In addition,
advanced bachelor students (third year) from other faculties as well as
other universities are welcome to join. Particularly those with in an
interest in Business and Organization Studies, Economics, Social
Sciences, Social Psychology, Healthcare, Media and Communication
Studies, Engineering, Technology Management, Operations Management and
Education. It is especially interesting for:
- Future managers who want to understand how sustainability can be
implemented in existing business - Entrepreneurs / intrapreneurs that
want exploit the opportunities sustainability offers - Future
consultants in sustainability, strategic business consultants, of
government policy consultants
- Students that want to be active in NGO’s or other societal

It is possible to replace two of the courses for an internship that will
be supervised by one of the lecturers of the courses. Internships should
be aligned with a topics addressed in the minor and should be initiated
by students. Proposals for an internship need approval from the minor

Coordinator: Philipp Tuertscher Department of Information, Logistics and
Innovation philipp.tuertscher@vu.nl

This minor contains 5 compulsory courses. The minor programme will be
taught in English. Instead of the courses Marketing Sustainable
Innovations and Organizing Sustainable Innovation you may choose to do
an internship. Note that the internship has to be approved by the minor
coordinator in advance.
Course name Period Credits Code Pdf
Grand Challenges for Sustainability Period 1 6.0 E_IBA3_GCS
Shared Value Creation Period 1 6.0 E_IBA3_SVC
Organizing Sustainable Innovation Period 2 6.0 E_IBA3_OSI
Sustainable Supply Chain Management Period 2 6.0 E_IBA3_SSCM
Internship Minor Sustainability and Innovation Period 2+3 12.0 E_IBA3_IMSI
Marketing Sustainable Innovations Period 3 6.0 E_IBA3_MSI
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