Sustainable Business Practice in a Dynamic Global Environment - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Group Discussion Board Task - (20-30%) , Project - Individual & Group (30-40%) - Learn more

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Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,483.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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This core unit explores sustainable business practice from the perspectives of opportunities created and responsibilities and accountabilities incurred through commercial, environmental, social, people and governance practice in business. The unit aims to contextualise the pace of change concerning sustainable resource usage, accountability for management across capitals and associated opportunities risks for business, by a focus on value creation for a broad range of stakeholders and business responsibilities as corporate citizens.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Develop & apply developed knowledge of sustainable business practice and challenges associated with the global sustainability agenda to analyse business opportunities and challenges, both individually and in groups
  2. Appreciate and apply business model frameworks to explore value creation for stakeholders through the lens of business sustainability goals in a changing global environment
  3. Critique business practice from the perspective of organisational and individual resilience in responding to sustainability change agendas
  4. Critically analyse the business case for value creation through integrated capitals management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship.
  • Group Discussion Board Task — (20-30%)
  • Project — Individual & Group (30-40%)
  • Report — (30-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LMC501B — Sustainable Business Practice in a Dynamic Global Environment

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed LMC501.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Business in a dynamic environment: challenges to Business-As-Usual
2Types and pace of organisational change: implications for business
3Conceptualise and critique sustainable business practice
4Conceptualise and critique the business-society interface
5Conceptualise and critique the integration and management of capitals for value creation
6The resource-based view of the organisation
7Developing a stakeholder orientation and culture
8Business models as tools for sustainable business practice
9Developing and managing CSR, corporate citizenship and business ethics: opportunities and risks
10Economics and resource usage: emergent community expectations around positive and negative externalities of business operations
11Governance, leadership and management for sustainable and collaborative practice

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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