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Managing Responsibly: Practicing Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics

School: University of Manchester

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: CLICK HERE

Start Date: March 7, 2016 (6 Weeks Long)

Workload: 3-6 Hours Per Week

Instructors: Oliver Laasch, Dr. Sally Randles, Frank Boons

Credentials: Laasch is the Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester University, along with being the founder of the Center for Responsible Management Education (CRME) – previously known as the Center for Sustainability and Responsibility (CRSE) at Monterrey Tech. He also manages the European Social Fund Project, which has developed a training program for responsible businesses, and has partnered with the United Nations, serving as editor of its PRIME book collection. Randles is the senior research fellow at the Institute of Innovation Research. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester and previously worked as an economic development officer for the UK government. Boons is a professor of innovation and sustainability who previously worked as an economic sociologist in the area of environmental sciences for over two decades.

Graded: Students will receive a statement of accomplishment for completing all course requirements.

Description: It’s easy to consider yourself ethical and socially responsible…until you’re confronted by issues brought up by employees, superiors, and clients. When profit and peer pressure come into play, you must suddenly navigate complexities, contradictions, and uncertainties inherent to modern business. You may hear terms like “manage responsibly,” but how can you address the big picture like environmental degradation and economic dissolution when you’re struggling to meet payroll and sustain growth?

In this course, students will put their ideals into practice, as they learn how to approach issues systematically; employ tools like impact assessment, footprinting, and life-cycle management; reflect on concepts like corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship; and overcome realities like power struggles and inertia. In addition, students will complete a project where they develop solutions to issues facing them in their particular industry. The material will be covered through short videos, case readings, simulations, reflective writing assignments and experiential exercises, with students also interacting though a web-based social network.

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