Driving business towards the SDGs
Is sustainable development relevant for every business? For example, can every kind of business or organisation do something to counter climate change, or help to create a global culture for sustainable business?
The answer to both questions is ‘yes’.
In the MOOC Driving Business Towards the SDGs, you can explore the role of business in contributing to a better future for people AND the planet without giving up profits, by using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for addressing these massive global problems.
In this seven-week online course, you will explore new thinking about business and its contribution to the SDGs. This MOOC also explains how all 17 of the SDGs are interconnected, and why synergy is the key to solving these wicked problems.
Guided by RSM’s academics and illustrated by leaders from business, you will discover how the SDGs can become an opportunity rather than a challenge, and why and how individuals should contribute to positive change. You will explore partnerships and learn how sharing knowledge can help to create impact, scale up ideas and initiatives, and change perceptions to make transformation possible. You will discover systems thinking, ways to reduce carbon footprints, the interconnectedness of the SDGs, and mitigating negative impact.
This MOOC addresses each of the 17 SDGs, the issues they relate to, how to apply business insights to each of them, and what individuals can do.
During this course, you will spend two to four hours studying each week, and you will:
- know what the SDGs are, why they are important, and how each individual can be an agent for positive change in the world
- understand the role of business in the transition to sustainable development to create a prosperous future for all
- be able to identify interconnectedness of the SDGs and the challenges behind solving them
- know how management insights can contribute to the SDGs
- be able to evaluate the effectiveness of current business strategies in contributing to the SDGs
- develop a positive, critical, aware and courageous attitude towards the SDGs.
RSM’s seven-week MOOC Driving Business Towards the SDGs is taught in English (English subtitles are also available in the video sections). There is no course fee. Further details about the syllabus and start dates are available through Coursera, a provider of online classes from more than 120 top universities and educational organisations. Learn more about this MOOC and register.
What is innovation management? How do firms bring in new business models and get new products and services to the market? Go on a nine-week journey through innovation management concepts, theories of idea generation, selection, strategy formulation and implementation in our MOOC in Innovation Management. In it, you will also learn the tools for implementing innovation projects yourself.
Guided by RSM’s top professors, you will develop an innovative mindset and expertise in how firms successfully create new ideas for marketing new products. The syllabus also includes sessions about innovation strategy, idea management and social networks.
During this online course, you will spend two to four hours per week learning how to:
- use the main innovation management terminology and concepts
- recognise and describe different types of innovation
- explain the adoption life cycle and innovation adoption at the individual level
- define creativity and explain how creativity can be stimulated
- recognise and describe three types of idea management systems
- explain what an innovation strategy is and why it is important
- describe what a product portfolio is
- explain how innovation projects should be selected
- describe methods and tools for innovation project management
- explain the importance of teams, team structures and networks for innovation.
RSM’s nine-week MOOC in Innovation Management is taught in English (English subtitles are also available in the video sections). There is no fee to participate in the programme. Further details about the syllabus and start dates are available through Coursera, a provider of online classes from more than 120 top universities and educational organisations. Learn more about this MOOC and register.
It is a frightening prospect – that all life on Earth must either adapt or be doomed. This course is about landscape degradation – a global and wicked problem that is contributing to the dooming prospect of depletion of Earth’s finite resources. But this course is also about the solutions to this problem – business driven landscape restoration, and the skills that you will need in order to play part in reversing this development.
So rather than leaving you powerless, it is our hope that you learn how you can be part of the solution to making sure that Planet Earth still provides a safe and habitable home for future generation.
We must act big and we must act now.
With this course, Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development: A Business Approach, we want to pass valuable knowledge on to you and teach you useful skills that you can apply in your professional life, and that will enable you to tackle the issue of landscape degradation and restoration. The issue is urgent, so let’s dive right into it!
During this online course, you will spend two to four hours per week learning how to:
- Understand the importance of landscapes and the scale of degradation in the world
- Interpret land use change and land degradation in the context of the so-called planetary boundaries
- Demonstrate the potential for large-scale landscape restoration
- Identify the role that the private sector can play
- Understand the importance of ecosystems for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Understand how the economic value of land is assessed
- Identify the business risk of landscape degradation
- Assess rewarding opportunities for sustainable business
- Explore tools used by companies to understand and value their impact and dependency on ecosystem services.
- Understand and discuss the economics of land management from a holistic perspective
- Approach landscape degradation as a wicked problem
- Distinguish between so-called coalition of the willing and coalition of the needed
- Develop and analyse business models using the business model canvas tool
- Discuss how partnerships can be integrated into a business model
- Understand the sustainable business model innovation process
RSM’s seven-week MOOC Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development: a Business Approach in is taught in English (English subtitles are also available in the video sections). There is no fee to participate in the programme. Further details about the syllabus and start dates are available through Coursera, a provider of online classes from more than 120 top universities and educational organisations. Learn more about this MOOC and register.
Land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two-fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. But there’s a huge potential for restoring landscapes: around two billion hectares of land – about two times the size of China – can be restored. This eight-week programme covers the process, from ideation to the successful implementation of a new sustainable business model with four returns: return of natural capital, return of social capital, return of inspiration and return of financial capital.
This eight-week course aims to equip learners from environmental, business or other backgrounds with practical business tools to restore landscapes. It takes a partnership approach that reflects the interconnectedness of ecology, society and economy in landscape management. It works for learners within interdisciplinary teams and for individuals.
For each step of the innovation process, the study zooms in on three real cases of landscape restoration projects: the Hekluskógar woodlands restoration project in Iceland; diversification of land use and cropping systems in Spain; and the disastrous effects of forest fires in Portugal. Participants study other examples around the world and resources such as reports, videos and platforms that work from the business rationale for sustainable land management.
During this online course, you will spend two to four hours per week learning:
- how to formulate your vision
- systems analysis
- stakeholder analysis
- opportunity analysis
- business model design
- validating your solution
- assessment and monitoring
- reflection and iteration.
RSM’s eight-week MOOC ‘Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration’ is taught in English (English subtitles are also available in the video sections). There is no fee to participate in the programme. Further details about the syllabus and start dates are available through Coursera, a provider of online classes from more than 120 top universities and educational organisations.