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Postgraduate Course: Climate Change and Corporate Strategy (PGGE11160)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course, climate change is approached from the lenses of organisational decision-makers who are time-starved and must juggle a complex array of information and priorities. Thus, more than an environmental challenge, in this course climate change is viewed as a trigger of market transition, where controls on greenhouse gas emissions will affect virtually all sectors of the economy to varying degrees. For some this transition represents risks and constraints, for others, an opportunity. Decision makers and leaders must therefore equip themselves with the strategic analytical tools necessary to analyse an organisation┐s positioning on climate change vis-Ó-vis competitors, interests and other strategic considerations. This course provides students with the tools to enable them to become world class strategists.
Course description Topics covered in the course:
1.Introducing climate change for businesses
2.Understanding strategy
3.Carbon Accounting
4.Climate Change Policy Frameworks
5.Economics of climate change
6.Corporate Sustainability and Business Operations
7.Carbon Benchmarking
8.Carbon Capture and Storage
9.Corporate engagement on water security
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have high-level understanding of the complexity of strategically managing climate change within the context of an organisation
  2. understand of the landscape in which business organisations operate
  3. use strategic tools and analytical frameworks and produce clear and concise recommendations, based on strong and convincing strategic analysis
  4. have ability to understand and cope efficiently with the challenges posed by climate change
  5. develop climate change strategies that are aligned with the vision of the organisation under study
Reading List
Patenaude, G. (2011). Climate Change Diffusion: While The World Tips, Business Schools Lag. Global Environmental Change-Human And Policy Dimensions
Hoffman A.J. (2006) Getting ahead of the curve: solutions that address climate change. Pew Centre on Global Climate Change
Porter, M. & Kramer, M. (2011) The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value, Harvard Business Review.
Hepworth, N. and Orr, S. 2013. Corporate Water Stewardship -Exploring Private Sector Engagement in Water Security. In: Lankford, B., Bakker, K., Zeitoun, M. and Conway., D. Water Security ┐ Principles, Perspectives & Practice. EarthScan
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KeywordsPGGE11160 climate change, corporate strategy, carbon management
Course organiserDr Genevieve Patenaude
Tel: (0131 6)51 4472
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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