GRA 6846 Doing Sustainable Business in Africa

GRA 6846 Doing Sustainable Business in Africa

Course code: 
GRA 6846
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Business - Elective course
Semester: 
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

(Max. 25 students)

While population growth is slowing in many countries, it continues to rise in Africa, where the population is expected to quadruple in the 21st century. Africa is rich in natural resources, but political instability makes it a challenge to use and share these resources in a sustainable way. Due to climate change and inefficient agriculture about 50 million Africans face hunger. To ensure a sustainable development on this continent, it is crucial with knowledge and awareness related to corporate responsibility – from a social and environmental perspective.

Tanzania is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in Africa, and at the same time its economy is growing. Today, the economy is mainly based on agriculture, but sectors like service, industry, mineral and energy are picking up. In 2014 the economic growth in Tanzania was 7 %, representing challenges and opportunities within environmental and social issues.

This course provides knowledge about Tanzania and its economic development from a sustainability point of view. We will look at what has worked and what has failed – and why – from a business and sustainability point of view. Cultural issues and public governance will also be addressed. Sustainable development is a complex and multidisciplinary field, and the course applies an eclectic approach. Different theories will be addressed as well as different teaching tools and approaches.

The course will include a one week study tour to Tanzania. The program will include visits to companies, organizations and academic institutions as well as a fieldtrip. The focus will be on Norwegian companies operating in Tanzania (for example Statoil, Yara, Green Resources, Norplan or Multiconsult) and lectures through academic/research- and non-governmental organizations. Students will participate in workshops with local master students and meet local business entrepreneurs.

The knowledge acquired through this course will contribute to a better understanding of key elements of development in the African region - both from a challenge and opportunity perspective. This knowledge is valuable for identifying and addressing sustainability and business development in a more global setting.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Knowledge about one of Africa’s leading counties, Tanzania, from a business, sustainability and political perspective.
  • Knowledge about business challenges and opportunities in Tanzania
  • Norwegian corporations' experience and advice for sustainable business
  • Cultural awareness and differences
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Ability to draft a sustainability business plan for doing business in Tanzania – including the key issues to take into account
  • Analyze a business proposal for Tanzania from a sustainability point of view
  • Ability to identify opportunities and challenges associated with business development in Tanzania
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • Reflect on sustainability in an African setting
  • Reflect on cultural differences
Course content
  1. The concept of sustainable development and corporate responsibility (CSR)
  2. This is Tanzania; history, culture, current situation and sustainable development prospects
  3. Tanzania environmental and social challenges and opportunities
  4. Testing different growth and development theories on Tanzania
  5. Visit Tanzania: Meetings with companies, organizations and learning institutions.
  6. Study companies experience in doing business in Tanzania
  7. Cases on business development relative to environmental challenges (waste, emission and or efficiency related).
  8. Follow-up Tanzania visit
Learning process and requirements to students

Prior to the Tanzania tour, there will be four 3-hour lectures, including guest lectures, groupwork, development of course paper, discussion and presentations. After the Tanzania tour there will be two 3-hour gatherings reflecting on the trip as well as work on the course papers.

Costs associated with the trip to Tanzania for the students will be for their own account, and will not be covered by BI Norwegian Business School.

For information about travelling to Tanzania, please see https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/utenrikssaker/reiseinformasjon/velg-land/reiseinfo_tanzania/id2415554/

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on It's learning or text book.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course start.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA68461
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
25No 1 Semester(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 5)
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68461
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
65No 1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 2)Course paper
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68461
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No3 Week(s)Group/Individual (1 - 2)Course paper proposal
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:25
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-5)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code: GRA68461
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:65
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-2)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Course paper
Exam code: GRA68461
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-2)
Duration:3 Week(s)
Comment:Course paper proposal
Exam code: GRA68461
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

Chapter
Authors/Editors År Tittel Journal Edition Publisher StudentNote
Havnevik, Kjell Framing African Development: Challenging Concepts Framing African Development: Challenging Concepts Chapter 1.
THE FIVE STAGES-OF-GROWTH--A SUMMARY THE FIVE STAGES-OF-GROWTH--A SUMMARY p. 4-16
Havnevik, Kjell; Isinika, Aida C. Tanzania in Transition - to what? Tanzania in Transition - to what? Chapter 1
Article
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Kotter, John P. 2007 Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail.
McLaughlin, Erin 2013 Culture and Corruption: An Explanation of the differences between Scandinavia and Africa International Association of Scientific Innovation and Research (IASIR)
Document
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Doing Business in Tanzania
Collection of articles A compendium of relevant information, including tools like UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Business cases, Norad reports and relevant TED talks will be made available on itslearning.
2017 Tanzania Economic Outlook 2017 Deloitte
Ditlev-Simonsen, C. 2016 Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development 30 p.
Forstater, Maya; Zadek, Simon; Guang, Yang; Yu, Kelly; Hong, Chen Xiao; George, Mark 2010 Corporate responsibility in African Development : Insights from an Emerging Dialogue The Institute of West‐Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 60 p.
McKinsey&Company 2017 Dance of the lions and dragons – How are Africa and China engaging, and how will the partnership envolve?
The World Bank 2010 Enabling Reforms: A Stakeholder-Based Analysis of the Political Economy of Tanzania’s Charcoal Sector and the Poverty and Social Impacts of Proposed Reforms
During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination.