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BH60A5700 Business and Sustainability, 6 cr 
Code BH60A5700  Validity 01.08.2018 -
Name Business and Sustainability  Abbreviation Business and Su 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesYes
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Lassi Linnanen 
Mirja Mikkilä 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), M.Sc. (Tech.) Lassi Linnanen
Assoc. Professor, D.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Mirja Mikkilä


Upon the completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:
1. analyze decision making situations related to sustainable business, including mechanisms of carbon markets,
2. propose solutions to challenging business situation within sustainable business,
3. understand various sustainable business and enterprise models,
4. evaluate critically corporate sustainability communication,
5. discuss and argument on various perspectives of sustainable business based on the learned issues and on-going societal debate,
6. understand the basic mechanisms of carbon markets,
7. carry out self- and peer evaluations.


Familiarization with the sustainable business models and the strategic responsibility framework of a firm. Reorganization of dimensions of responsible business. Deepening the application skills of mechanisms and tools of sustainable management. Analysisof business and financial consequences of responsibility governance. Familiarization of basics of business ethics. Communication and reporting ofgoals and implementation of corporate responsibility to stakeholders. Learning of corporate responsibility reporting guidelines.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures 8 h, 3 period. Written report on Corporate sustainaibility communication and preparation of seminar presentation, group work approximately 38 h, written report 3 period. Case-assignments, group work, approximately 68 h, 3-4 period, Moodle examination 40 h, 4. period. The student must participate in the case-assignments.
Total workload 154 h, of which independent work approximately 118 h.

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Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Evaluation 0 - 5. Written report 30%, Case-assignments 50%, Moodle quiz 20%

Course Materials 

Caset: Hamschmidt, Jost (toim.): Case studies in sustainability management and strategy: the Oikos collection, 2007,
Pirson, Michael (toim.): Case studies in social entrepreneurship: the Oikos collection, 2015,
GRI yhteiskuntavastuun raportointiohjeisto, versiot 3.1 ja 4. Further course material will beannounced during the lectures,
Course material in Moodle


One of the following courses passed or equivalent knowledge studied earlier:
BH60A4400 Introduction to Sustainability
BH60A5300 Introduction to Sustainable System Transition
BH60A5600 Kestävyysmuutos ja johtaminen

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 5

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

max 5


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Timing
  Business and Sustainability  COURSE  Lassi Linnanen,
Mirja Mikkilä 
07.01.20 -17.04.20 -

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