MBA 2443 Creating and Leading Green Organizations

MBA 2443 Creating and Leading Green Organizations

Course code: 
MBA 2443
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Per Espen Stoknes
Arne Carlsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Creating and Leading Green Organizations
Product category: 
MBA China
2024 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

In this course, we focus on how you can lead and manage the change process involved in executing green strategies for the transformation of a company to a successfull sustainability business. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up a guiding coalition, co-creating direction, mobilizing resources and energy in people through positive relationships, as well as using the progress principle and cultivating a mastery climate for fast learning and institutionalizing of practices. We will also look at what kind of organizations and competences that will be needed to take advantage of the next big wave of the green shift opportunities. As a part of this process, you will work with developing a green business plan for your own company.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Participants will learn about:

  • integrating sustainability opportunities into main corporate strategies
  • the impact of sustainable practices on talent attraction and retention
  • the concepts of purpose, green ethics, corporate ethics and personal ethics
  • public policies in the EU and Nordics for enabling the transition to a sustainable economy
  • overcoming cultural resistance to change
Learning outcomes - Skills

Participant will learn how to:

  • develop green business plans for own companies/projects at strategic levels.
  • how to make sustainability accounting and ESG reporting into a competitive advantage
  • understanding sustainable development goals (SDGs) and setting science-based targets (SBT)
  • calculate the ROI on sustainable business cases
  • implement and execute sustainable growth projects
  • the big picture and scenarios on global sustainability to 2050 and beyond
General Competence

Participant will be challenged to reflect on:

  • the high performing green executive and their own styles
  • how to tackle cultural and organizational inertia.
Course content
  • The high-performing green executive
  • Purpose and sustainability-ethics at corporate and personal levels
  • How to make and execute a game-changing sustainability strategy?
  • How to deal with resistance to sustainability initiatives or green strategies?
  • Tackling Cultural and Organisational inertia
  • Making and calculating the financial case for sustainability investments
  • Public policies for enabling the transition: overcoming the obstacles (procurement, perverse subsidies, taxes etc)
Teaching and learning activities

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours.

Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

The course is a part of a full MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
4 Week(s)
Individual written assignment, counts 40% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24433
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Group (2 - 6)
4 Week(s)
Written assignment in groups, counts 60% of the total grade
Exam code: 
MBA 24434
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
32 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
20 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
58 Hour(s)
Self study, feedback activities/counselling and exam.
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.