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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-à-vis competitors, interests and other strategic considerations. This course provides students with the tools to enable them to become world class strategists.
Course description Climate change is now widely regarded as a strategic issue with significant operational and financial implications for business. These implications form a complex web of interactions between climate change science, policy and economics. To succeed in such a complex and ever-changing world, there is a need for business practitioners and other stakeholders (such as NGOs, government, media and the general public) to have a deeper understanding of the present and future implications of climate change for business.

'Solving' the climate crisis requires input and involvement from the business sector across the globe. This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore and analyse the myriad of impacts of the climate crisis for business, the ways in which business can respond, and the wider implications of their responses for a range of stakeholders including the environment, shareholders, employees and consumers.
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. A high-level understanding of the complexity of strategically managing climate change within the context of an organisation
  2. An 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. The ability to 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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Additional Class Delivery Information The world has changed due to COVID-19, and how we work and study has had to adapt in response to this. As a result, we have designed this course to enable you to get the full learning experience whether you are working from home or from the university campus. It is going to be a challenging year, but we hope that this design will enable you to continue learning despite the changes we face. Note that as the pandemic progresses, things may change, and we ask you to be patient as we adjust to a new way of teaching and working.

The course is 11 weeks long (including a reading week in week 6), consisting of 10 lectures. All of the core course materials are available via Blackboard Learn, our online teaching portal. The lectures are designed to be delivered ¿asynchronously¿ so that you can go through the material in your own time at home. Each lecture is made up of a mix of pre-recorded mini videos, texts and readings. The material will become available on a week-by-week basis. This is to help you manage your time and self-study. We encourage you to follow the week-by-week structure as far as possible so that the assessments align with the learning and you get the most out of the tutorials.

This is not designed to be a correspondence course, and you will not be left on your own to go through it. We understand and appreciate that discussion, debate, and sharing ideas with staff and students is all part of the learning experience. So, while we may not be able to meet in person, we will still all meet weekly in a virtual tutorial session using Blackboard Collaborate to discuss the week¿s topics. These sessions will take place on Thursdays between 14:00 and 15:30* (Edinburgh local time) and be hosted by the course co-ordinator and course tutor(s). You are encouraged to make as many of these live sessions as possible, but should you need to miss one, they will be recorded and stored on Learn.

*this may change depending on student locations, or an additional time may be added as required.
KeywordsPGGE11160 climate change,corporate strategy,carbon management
Course organiserDr Erika Thompson
Course secretaryMs Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50 8105
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