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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) 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.
This course will be delivered in Semester 2, Thursdays 2-5pm, T&S Room, ECCI
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment)
┐ 750 words PORTER/PESTEL business analysis (20%)
┐ 1 in depth sectorial case study - 2000 words (50%).
┐ Group presentations: case study analysis, 10 mins, 5 mins questions (30%)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. High-level understanding of the complexity of strategically managing climate change within the context of an organisation
  2. Understanding of the landscape in which business organisations operate
  3. Familiarity with strategic tools and analytical frameworks
  4. Development of personal skills and abilities to understand and cope effectively with the challenges posed by climate change
  5. Integrate different dimensions of a problem, and apply both logic and judgement in the analysis of a given situation
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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