Syllabus for Sustainable Organisational Development

Hållbar verksamhetsutveckling


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TG297
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Industrial Engineering and Management G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2020-02-25
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-02-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits in Industrial Engineering and Management or within the Bachelor's Programme in Sustainable Development in Industrial Engineering. Sustainable Development, CSR and Life Cycle Analysis. Management Systems and Leadership or Industrial Management 15 credits. Participation in Lean Management or Production Management I.

  • Responsible department: Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, students should be able to

  • analyse sustainability reports
  • draw up a sustainability report for an industrial organisation in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines
  • give an account of and analyse leadership for sustainable development
  • communicate sustainable development
  • apply the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD)
  • apply general change theory for sustainable development
  • give an account of how process and product innovation can influence sustainable development
  • give an account of sustainable organisational development from a global perspective.


Sustainability Reporting: contents and form. Sustainable organisational development: environmental, economic and social dimensions. Principles, practices and tools from the field of quality development such as process focus, continuous improvement and process management. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Measurement systems for sustainability. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD). Climate change reports, biological diversity and the Planetary Boundaries framework. Sustainability improvement potential, sustainability level, circular economy, Doughnut economics, value chain, cradle to cradle, cradle to grave, change theories and change models. How sustainability influences process and product innovation. Presentation methods for internal and external sustainability communication.


Lectures, exercises, seminars and group work.


Written assignments, oral presentations, active participation in seminars and presentation of case studies.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Provided by the Department at the start of the course via the current teaching platform.

Last modified: 2022-04-26