MAN 5066 Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in a Corporate management perspective

MAN 5066 Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in a Corporate management perspective

Course code: 
MAN 5066
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Eric Arne Lofquist
Course name in Norwegian: 
Helse, miljø og sikkerhet (HMS)
Product category: 
Executive Master of Management
2024 Autumn
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Course type: 
Two semesters

In modern working life, great emphasis is placed on systematic efforts in the area of Health, Safety and The Environment (HSE). In accordance with the Regulations relating to systematic health, safety and the environment in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations), all enterprises are required to endeavors systematically with the internal work within health care, working environment and safety.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge


  • Has broad and in-depth knowledge of key topics and issues within the HSE area, i.e. related to health, safety and the environment, including strategic perspectives, management, safety and safety culture, health and psychosocial working environment; practical HSE work and risk assessments
  • Has extensive knowledge of basic theories, methods and concepts within the HSE area
  • Has in-depth insight into knowledge of modern scientifically based knowledge in the HSE area
  • Has knowledge of relevant professional and professional ethical issues and dilemmas in this field
  • Has knowledge of the importance of digitalisation in the entire HSE area, both with regard to transparency, reporting and more efficient management and management


Learning outcomes - Skills


  • Can apply professional knowledge in HSE to ensure a healthy and sound working environment for employees
  • Can apply practical and theoretical knowledge to prevent injuries, accidents and environmental disturbances
  • Can assess HSE in a cost-benefit perspective, risks related to HSE, its possibilities and its potential for profit realisation
  • Can facilitate good planning, start-up and implementation of HSE work by establishing a good foundation for the business
  • Can and masters the use of HSE systems, as well as implementation, follow-up and evaluation of HSE work, including the use of digital tools
General Competence


  • Has a holistic perspective on securing HSE work in an enterprise
  • Has the ability to be up-to-date on central knowledge in the HSE area
  • Can communicate the importance of HSE in a sustainable society and can discuss with colleagues and other societies
  • Has the ability to assess and reflect critically the development and focus of the subject
  • Has the ability to reflect on the importance of HSE to create a sustainable future where safety, the environment and health are critical focus areas
  • Has self-reflection with regard to own implementation and further development of HSE work, management and management including adapting theory and tools to own practice, strive for continuous own participation in HSE work
  • Is familiar with innovation and innovation processes within HSE, importance in the use of digital platforms and in the management of HSE work, as well as including HSE as an important part of the performance responsibility of managers
Course content

Module 1: HSE in a holistic strategic perspective. HSE concepts, theories, best practice, overview of the content of the modules. Elaboration of management perspectives
Module 2: Working environment and health
Module 3: Management perspective in HSE, safety and development of HSE culture
Module 4: Practical HSE management and documentation of HMS
Module 5: Risk assessments in connection with HSE and strategic crisis management
Module 6: Comprehensive HSE management and the way forward

Teaching and learning activities

The programme is conducted through five course modules over two semesters, a total of approx. 150 lecturing hours.

Project tutorials differ in each Executive Master of Management program. It will consist of personal tutorials and tutorials given in class. Generally the students may expect consulting tutorials, not evaluating tutorials. The total hours of tutorials offered are estimated at 4 hours per term paper.

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all programmes, it is the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ itslearning or other course materials.

The students are evaluated through a term paper, counting 60% of the total grade and a 72 hours individual home exam counting 40%. The term paper may be written individually or in groups of maximum three people. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the program.

The term paper is included in the degree's independent work of degree, cf national regulation on requirements for master's degree, equivalent to 18 ECTS credits per. Programme. For the Executive Master of Management degree, the independent work of degree represents the sum of term papers from three programmes.

In all BI Executive courses and programs, 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.
Additional information

The modules elaborated:

Module 1. HSE in a holistic strategic perspective.
HMS concepts, theories, best practice; overview of the contents of the modules. Emphasis on HSE management.

The purpose of the first module is to provide a comprehensive overview of the HSE area and to deepen management perspectives with special emphasis on HSE management.

Course overview:
Management perspective in HSE and development of HSE cultureHistorical
development in the management field, Quality management and HSE
Health and working environment, Practice HSE and documentation of HSE, Risk assessments in connection with HSE Ethics issues within HSE and CSR. 

After the first gathering, the participants should have gained a good overview and understanding of the main content of all components of HSE from a theoretical point of view. They will also have been tasked with developing a problem related to their own or other company. This is included and presented orally and in writing on the next module.

Module 2. The Working Environment and Health.
Module will give the participants a comprehensive understanding of the psychosocial working environment and basic knowledge about stress, job engagement, well-being/dissatisfaction and mental health from different points of view and areas of experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on psychological and organisational factors that affect stress and stress management, job engagement and self-management as well as well-being, absence and staff traits. A key practical objective is to provide knowledge about psychological and organizational measures of importance for coping, reducing and preventing stress and burnout. Emphasis will be placed on methods and measures suitable for reducing sickness absence and staff withdrawal; including employee interviews and conflict management methods. Physical aspects of the workplace of health, working environment and safety will also be highlighted.

Course overview:
Psychosocial working environment; Concepts, theory, research and measurement, Stress and stress reactions: Biological, psychological and organizational perspectives. Measing stress; Perception and assessment mechanisms, coping ability and style. Stress in various arenas; Interaction between private life, family life and job. Consequences of stress at the individual, group and organizational level. Measures to reduce stress: Psychological and organisational measures. Stress and
burnout. The job engagement ("commitment") and self-employment ("empowerment"). Participation, justice, well-being and health. Sickness absence and staff traits. Physical aspects of the workplace with relevance to health, working environment and safety.

Module 3. HSE and culture in a management perspective.
The purpose of the module is to give participants an increased understanding of the concept of organizational culture, put it in the context of management with particular emphasis on the consequences for health and safety in the workplace. The participants will be presented with a conceptual model of how culture works- i.e. how it arises, what functions it serves, what problems it solves, how it survives, how and how it changes and can be managed. In addition, instructions will be given on how the organisational culture can be mapped and described - what to look for when mapping the culture, how to collect data about the culture and how it can be described. The general model will be specified in relation to the concept of "safety culture". Different concepts and theories and associated empirical research on the content of the concept of safety culture will be discussed, with an emphasis on gaining a good understanding of what is meant by "positive" and "ideal" safety culture.

Course overview:
What is organizational culture and what does it mean. Culture functions and the organization. Declusion of and mapping of organizational cultureHow
culture arises and takes its form. How managers incorporate and communicate HSE culture. Culture change in connection with the establishment of a preventive HSE culture. Cohering between culture, climate and working environment. Concepts and theories of "safety culture". Measurement of safety culture. Positive and ideal safety culture. Just
Culture. How management can promote good safety culture.

Module 4. Practical HSE management and documentation of HSE.
The module will give the students an introduction and overview of the legislation within HSE, where 9 main laws form the framework. Various public bodies have control and follow-up responsibilities based on different regulations. The course will address the most important tasks of important supervisory bodies such as the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, the Labour Inspection Authority. The Directorate for Safety and Emergency Planning (DSB) and the Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif).

Systematic HSE work is a main requirement both in the Building Regulations and in the Internal Control Regulations. The module will cover practical ways of implementing and following up the systematic HSE work through good management and employee involvement.

The development of a good HSE culture involves influence and change of behaviour. The module will look at factors that promote or inhibit changes in organizations.

Furthermore, the course will address standards and certifications that are recognised and used in documentation and structure of HSE in companies. Revisions, such as tools and techniques for measuring compliance and areas of improvement, will be reviewed.

Course overview:
Laws and regulations that provide frameworks for HSE work. The authorities' bodies for control and follow-up of HSE in the business sector. Organisation of the systematic HSE work in companies. Organisational, technological and human factors in HSE work. Training central to the development of a good HSE culture. Management of changes and impact of behaviour success criteria in successful changes towards better HSE culture. Certifications and standards such as quality status for companies. HMS reporting, measures and nonconformity treatment. Incident/accident investigation.

Module 5. Risk assessments in connection with HSE, quality and strategic crisis management.
Anyone responsible for or participating in a business should have a conscious relationship with both the risk this business is exposed to and the risk the business creates to itself and its surroundings. We shall not necessarily seek to avoid all risks, but we shall be aware when assessing the target set of a business against the associated risk. In order to put this thought process into a system, we will describe and discuss a Risk Management process in relation to issues related to HSE. In addition, each organisation/manager must be prepared to deal with crises.

The aim of the course is to give the students insight into the process that should be carried out in order to identify and evaluate risks related to HSE, and then to assess measures to reduce these risks.

Course overview:
Risk identification in connection with HSE. Risk Evaluation in connection with HMS. HMS Risk Management, HMS Action Plans and Management and Decision. Crisis Management.

Module 6. Holistic HSE management and the way forward. 
Overall goal is that after completing the module, the students must have gained knowledge and understanding of a holistic approach within HSE management. It includes everything from moral-ethical perspectives to preventive behavior and cost-benefit assessments.
This includes and describes understanding of:
HSE-related moral conflict situations, as well as identifying and justifying alternative solutions.

Have a responsible and proactive attitude towards different types of HSE risk and clear notions as well as clear ideas on how they can be taken into
accountHa familiarity with, understanding and being able to use the necessary conceptual apparatus, useful approaches and relevant theory.
Have a reflective attitude towards moral dimensions in their own professional and organizational role as well as in organisations in which they are a member and in the contexts such organisations operate inSee
the relationships between ethics and responsibility perspectives and the other topics addressed in the programme.

Course overview:
Trends and expected developments. The
starting point: reflect constructively-critically on one's own experiences. HMS
ethics as a practice relevant subject with a focus on cases to be handled in the best possible. Before-var perspective: Responsible management of HSE risk. Industries such as academic subjects, the relationship between HSE law and ethics.

Decision-making and tools:
Personnel policy and ethics, working environment in a critical-ethical perspective, moral socialization of new organizational members. Etic
climate in the organization, individual ethical integrity, whistleblowing
problem. Company environmental responsibility, environmental ethics


Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits from an accredited university, university college or similar educational institution. The applicant must be at least 25 years of age and at least four years of work experience. For applicants who have already completed a master’s degree, three years of work experience are required.


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

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Second Semester
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
2 Semester(s)
Term paper, counting 60% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MAN 50661
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Second Semester
72 Hour(s)
Individual 72 hours home exam counting 40% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MAN 50662
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
150 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
150 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
500 Hour(s)
Self study, term paper and exam
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.