STR XX31 Doing Sustainable Business

STR XX31 Doing Sustainable Business

Course code: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Thomas Hoholm
Course name in Norwegian: 
Doing Sustainable Business
Product category: 
Bachelor - Common Courses
2025 Spring
Active status: 
To be discontinued
Level of study: 
Discontinued term: 
2025 Spring
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

All sectors in society increasingly need people trained in interdisciplinary collaboration and complex problem solving to address critical societal challenges, particularly related to sustainability transition and digital transformation in an internationalizing landscape.

Doing Sustaiable Business is a final semester capstone course aiming to prepare students for strategic and entrepreneurial business development in practice. Students will learn to structure and analyze realworld problems, utilizing skills, methods and knowledge across academic disciplines and perspectives, and combine the insights to arrive at well-argued decisions. The course will provide a learning process based on solving business cases in groups across specializations, thereby training students in interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, and oral presentation. All major cases in the course will address major societal challenges, such as described by UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The course takes a strategic approach to real life business problems, enabling the utilization and integration of knowledge, methods and skills gained across all bachelor courses and programs.

During the semester, the students will be exposed to a three-layer learning model. First, students will be provided with overall introductions to cases, business development frameworks and case solution approaches. Second, a main part of the course consists of small classes, including forming of student groups, and coaching on case solution and team processes. Third, the students will be offered academic skill-shops to refresh knowledge, methods, and skills from previous courses to support case analysis, case solution and presentation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • solving complex business problems in multidisciplinary teams,
  • how to analytically approach complex business problems by applying established theoretical models, strategy frameworks and tools, and
  • developing documented and clear recommendations that companies and organizations can act upon (make decisions about).
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • defining and scoping complex business problems, breaking them down into manageable parts, and analyzing and using data to support arguments,
  • evaluating and developing a firm’s value creation and business model, as well as its strategic positioning, including balancing exploration and exploitation,
  • making clear, and convincing oral and written presentations of complex business problems and outlining productive solutions,
  • working in multidisciplinary teams in an effective and efficient manner.
General Competence

Ability to

  • reflect on the role of leadership, sustainability, and ethics in business,
  • collaborate in multidisciplinary teams, including facilitating productive collaborative processes and solving conflicts that might arise in such collaborations
Course content

This course is a capstone course in which groups of bachelor students work on solving cases working in teams across academic disciplines.

Teaching and learning activities

The learning process will be facilitated via a varied set of in-person and digital elements: Plenary sessions, small seminar classes, workshops, as well as videos and case materials.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and there will be one final exam code consisting of 3 elements handed in during the semester. Students who fail to participate in the required number of exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Detailed information about the points system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades will be provided at semester start.

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


Information about what is taught on campus and via digital formats will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Students should have completed most of the exams from previous semesters and be able to draw on knowledge and methods from previous courses in their respective bachelor programs, including marketing, finance, financial management, economics, leadership and organization, law, communication, strategy, and analytics.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
The elements in this continuous assessment exam consists of three oral presentations with well
documented presentations of case solutions. Students will work in groups of five. Coaching and
feedback in seminar classes, and workshops for analysis techniques and skills development will
support students’ case solution processes.
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Total weight: 
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.