GRA 8250 Creating and Leading Green Organizations (2022/2023)

GRA 8250 Creating and Leading Green Organizations (2022/2023)

Course code: 
GRA 8250
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Per Espen Stoknes
Arne Carlsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Creating and Leading Green Organizations (2022/2023)
Product category: 
EMBA Business Administration - Elective courses
2023 Spring
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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. We will 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. This includes state-of-the-art approaches for change management and resource mobilization, such as  cultivating positive relationships, generative resistance, meaning making, giving behavior, facilitating agency as well as using the progress principle. As a part of these process of resource mobilization, 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
  • Understanding the importance of building engagement and mobilizing human resources into change efforts in a way that builds on people’s strengths and desires to make a contribution. 
  • Knowledge of the Nordic model of designing organizations that seed the conditions for self-determination, initiative and creativity in organizations
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
  • Facilitating meaning making and unleashing desires to contribute to a greener world
  • How to make resistance a resource and build high-quality connections in change efforts
  • How to build cultivate giving behavior and agency in the organization 
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

5 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload between 130 and 150 hours.  The course is conducted through a total of 40 hours of lectures and other classroom activities. We expect active class participation and supportive behavior for fellow students. Each participant is held co-responsible for a learning environment that is open, challenging and respectful.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale 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 course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments)

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

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

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.
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Class participation
Class participation, counts 20% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
GRA 82501
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
4 Week(s)
Individual written assignment, counts 50% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
GRA 82501
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Group (2 - 6)
Group presentation, counts 30% of the final grade.
Exam code: 
GRA 82501
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
Total weight: 
Student workload
40 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
35 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
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 5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 135 hours.