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Corporate Environmental Management (CEM)

Course descriptions of Corporate Environmental Management (CEM)

 

CEMA150   BUSINESS, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT    6 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify the principles of sustainable development and their connection to corporate responsibility (CR);
  • explain the importance of CR and corporate environmental management in the academic and managerial context;
  • analyse, evaluate and compare corporate approaches to environmental and social issues;
  • produce a group essay and group presentation on the CR issues of a chosen corporation based on scientific reporting guidelines.

Content Global environmental, social and economic challenges. Framework for sustainable development in business. Measurement of environmental, social and economic impacts. Management systems for sustainability. Sustainable consumption and investment.
Literature Epstein, M.J. 2008. Making Sustainability Work – Best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts. UK: Greenleaf Publishing. Available in Ebrary.
Stead, J.G. and Stead, W.E. 2009. Management for a Small Planet. Third edition. Greenleaf Publishing.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMA150
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Autumn semester 1st period
Language: EN


CEMS210    MATERIAL FLOW MANAGEMENT    5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify material and energy flows of an organisation;
  • analyse the effects an organisation’s material flows have on the environment by applying life cycle thinking;
  • use different methods and tools to help quantify and compare the environmental impacts of providing products and services;
  • manage environmental impacts of products and services;
  • extend the perspective from assessing the environmental impacts to cover sustainability impacts at large;
  • explain the importance and recognise the potential weaknesses of life-cycle thinking;
  • structure a life-cycle assessment and formulate recommendations based on this in a group assignment.

Content History and motivation of life-cycle thinking. Concepts and terminology related to the assessment of material/energy flows. Different methods used to analyse material flows, incl. life-cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, ecobalance, MIPS, life-cycle costing (LCC), social life cycle assessment (S-LCA), life-cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA), cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Management and application of material flow
models. Critiques and ethics associated with life cycle management.
Literature Baumann, H. & Tillman, A-M. 2004. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA – An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur AB.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS210
Prerequisites CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Autumn semester 1st period
Language: EN


CEMS220    MATERIAL FLOW MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER DEMONSTRATIONS   3 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • perform a life-cycle assessment using computer software;
  • apply analytical tools and research methods;
  • measure the environmental impacts of a product’s/service’s life cycle;
  • recognise environmental hot-spots in a product’s life cycle.

Content Practical application of material flow modelling with LCA software.
Literature Baumann, H. & Tillman, A-M. 2004. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA – An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur AB.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS220
Prerequisites CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment, CEMS210 Material Flow Management
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Autumn semester 2nd period
Language: EN

CEMS230 MANAGING A GREEN ORGANISATION 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe the features of various environmental management system standards and guidelines, and evaluate their appropriateness to different organisations;
  • produce an initial environmental review;
  • systematically improve the environmental performance of an organisation using an environmental management system;
  • plan and implement an environmental audit;
  • describe the features of organisational change within the framework of environmental management system implementation;
  • identify and analyse environmental cultures in corporations;
  • make observations and discuss the implementation and improvement of an environmental management system of an organisation;
  • produce documents and reports for environmental management system purposes;
  • produce an academic essay.

Content Environmental management systems, their history and development. Meeting the requirements of environmental legislation. Systematic improvement of environmental performance. Environmental auditing. Integrated management systems. Organisational change influenced by environmental management system implementation. Environmental cultures and environmental values in business.
Literature Jackson, S.E., Ones, D.S. and Dilchert, S. 2012. Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. Available in Ebrary.
Pesonen, H-L., Hämäläinen, K. & Teittinen, O. 2005. Ympäristöjärjestelmän rakentaminen. Helsinki, Finland: Talentum.
Tinsley, S. and Pillai, I. 2012. Environmental Management Systems: Understanding Orgnizational Drivers and Barriers. UK: Routledge. Available in Dawsonera.
Weiss, P. & Bentlage, J. 2006. Environmental Management Systems and Certification. Uppsala, Sweden: The Baltic University Press.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS230
Reading package including academic articles.
Prerequisites CEMS210 Material Flow Management
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Autumn semester 2nd period
Language: EN


CEMS240   CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, PROJECT WORK OR INTERNSHIP    5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • plan and implement an environmental development project for an organisation;
  • work as a member of a project group;
  • produce a project plan and report, and present them.

Content Environmental management systems. Project planning, implementation and reporting.
Literature Weiss, P. & Bentlage, J. 2006. Environmental Management Systems and Certification. Uppsala, Sweden: The Baltic University Press.
Pesonen, H-L., Hämäläinen, K. & Teittinen, O. 2005. Ympäristöjärjestelmän rakentaminen. Helsinki, Finland: Talentum.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS240
Prerequisites CEMS210 Material Flow Management, CEMS230 Managing a Green Organisation
Completion possibilities Seminar (Available only for students majoring in CEM) or Independent internship
Spring semester 3rd and 4th period
Language: EN

CEMS250 CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES AND MARKETING 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify and critically evaluate corporate sustainability strategies;
  • recognise and formulate competitive sustainability strategy options for companies;
  • analyse, assess and explain strategic and operative level sustainability marketing decisions;
  • justify sustainable consumer behaviour factors in relation to successes or failures of sustainability marketing strategies;
  • produce and present well-argumented and holistic reports discussing strategic opportunities and choices in sustainability marketing for a company individually and as a group assignment.

Content Corporate sustainability strategies, their evolvement and development. Options for competitive sustainability strategies. Sustainable consumer behaviour and market segmentation. Sustainability marketing: strategic and operative levels, product decisions.
Literature Belz, F. & Peattie, K. 2009. Sustainability Marketing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. 2012 edition available as e-book
Esty, D.C. & Winston, A.S. 2006. Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. New Haven, US: Yale University Press. Available in Ebrary.
Orsato, R. 2009. Sustainability Strategies. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available in Dawsonera.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS250
Prerequisites CEMS210 Material Flow Management, CEMS230 Managing a Green Organisation
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Spring semester 3rd period
Language: EN


CEMS260 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN NETWORKS 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify the key aspects of co-operation in inter-organizational networks with respect to corporate environmental management (CEM);
  • explain the importance of environmental collaboration between different actors in society;
  • analyse, evaluate and compare corporate approaches to environmental collaboration and networking;
  • create a synthesis report on CEM in networks based on academic articles following appropriate conventions of academic writing;
  • write an abstract and an academic research paper in collaboration with a colleague;
  • plan and deliver a conference presentation;
  • act as an opponent and a critical reviewer.

Content Network models and collaboration forms for inter-organizational environmental management. Motivation for and barriers to environmental management in networks. Environmental management in stakeholder networks and supply chains. Industrial ecology.
Literature Reading package including academic articles.
Prerequisites CEMS210 Material Flow Management, CEMS230 Managing a Green Organisation
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Spring semester 4th period
Language: EN


CEMS270 CLIMATE BUSINESS 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • justify the need for climate-change specific business strategies;
  • explain the current climate-related framework which companies are facing, on an international, EU and national scale;
  • recognise the market-related steering methods of climate policy and explain how they function in practice;
  • recognise the financial implications of climate change;
  • use sound climate performance as a basis in strategy formulation;
  • give examples of instruments on financial markets for reducing climate change vulnerability;
  • apply life-cycle based methods for climate-related business decision-making;
  • produce a poster presentation as a group assignment.

Content Physical science basis of anthropogenic climate change. Policy-related framework incl. Kyoto protocol and mechanisms (CDM, JI, ET), international, EU and national policies. Consequences on company level, in terms of new business opportunities, strategic choices, disclosure mechanisms. Methods for generating climate related strategies. The implications of climate change on financial markets and instruments for climate
change risk management. Case-studies of companies active in climate change mitigation or adaptation.
Literature Hoffman, A. & Woody, J. 2008. Climate Change: What’s Your Business Strategy? Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
IPCC. 2007. Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Summary for Policy Makers.
Labatt, S. & White, R. 2007. Carbon Finance: The Financial Implications of Climate Change. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS270
Prerequisites CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment, CEMS210 Material Flow Management
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Spring semester 4th period
Language: EN
Lecturer To be announced later


CEMS310    INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW    4 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
describe the basic principles and structure of the international and European legal system related to environmental problems and managing environmental impacts of organizations and products ;
explain the division of authority in environmental legislation between member states and the European Union;
find information about relevant environmental legislation for a given organisation and form a basic interpretation based on it.
Content Basic principles and structure of the international legal system related to environmental problems. Instruments of international lawmaking in the environmental context. Overview of development, legal basis and central sectors of environmental law in the European Union.
Literature Jans, J.H. & Vedder, H.H.B. 2012. European Environmental Law After Lisbon. Groningen, The Netherlands: Europa Law Publishing.
Beyerlin, U. & Marauhn, T. 2011. International Environmental Law. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS310
Prerequisites CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Autumn semester 2nd period
Language: EN
Lecturer Guest lecturer


CEMS320   MOTIVATING SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION   4 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • define and explain the concept of sustainable consumption;
  • describe and analyse models of consumer behaviour within the framework of sustainable consumption;
  • comprehend and illustrate how emotions, responsibility feelings and values influence consumption choices;
  • identify the effects of public policy, corporate influence and societal aspects on consumer decision-making;
  • implement sound environmental performance as a basis in strategy formulation, implementation and marketing;
  • produce a comprehensive, high quality essay with an in-depth discussion on one of the course themes;
  • access and locate relevant sources of information;
  • utilize argumentation skills.

Content The roles of consumption in society. Current consumption trends and sustainable consumption concept. Models of consumer behaviour. Responsibility and emotions. Consumer sovereignty vs. consumer lock-in. Policies and tools promoting sustainable consumption.
Literature Reading package including academic articles
Prerequisites CEMS250 Corporate Environmental Strategy and Marketing
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Spring semester 4th period
Language: EN


CEMS340    STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT   6 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand and recognize the role of various stakeholders in the achievement of organizations objectives;
  • understand the role of business in society;
  • critically evaluate different approaches to corporate responsibilities and stakeholder management;
  • develop a synthesis between theoretical and practical approach of stakeholder management in their course assignments.

Content History of stakeholder management and cultural differences in stakeholder thinking. Stakeholder salience and stakeholder demands in various contexts. Influence strategies used by stakeholders and firms. Stakeholder management and responsibility in practice.
Literature Freeman, R.E., Harrison, J., Wicks, A., Parmar, B. and de Colle, S. 2010. Stakeholder theory: The state of the art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Literature in JYKDOK: http://minerva.lib.jyu.fi/url/CEMS340
Reading package including academic articles.
Prerequisites CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment or Intermediate studies in management/ business
Completion possibilities Contact teaching course
Spring semester 3rd or 4th period
Language: EN


CEMS991   MASTER LEVEL RESEARCH TUTORIAL   3 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • successfully complete an individual academic research project;
  • form a theoretical framework for an academic study;
  • identify and critically evaluate the appropriateness of research methods in different types of research settings;
  • justify the choice of the research methods of their own Master’s thesis;
  • analyse and evaluate research results;
  • plan and deliver an academic research related presentation;
  • take active part in academic discussion as a presenter, commentator or opponent;
  • produce a research proposal and report.

Content Research traditions in business studies and corporate environmental management. Research strategies and methods. Successful academic research practices. Seminar sessions.
Literature Davies, M.B. 2007. Doing a Successful Research Project. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Denscombe, M. 2010. The Good Research Guide. UK: Open University Press. Available in Dawsonera.
Prerequisites All compulsory studies in CEM have to be completed before entering the research seminar.
Completion possibilities Seminar (Available only for students majoring in CEM)
Autumn and spring semesters
Language: EN


CEMS990 MASTER’S THESIS 35 ECTS

Learning outcomes On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • successfully complete an individual academic research project;
  • identify problems related to corporate environmental management, and define and justify research problems for their own Master’s thesis;
  • form a theoretical framework for an academic study;
  • identify and justify the choice of the research methods of their own Master’s thesis;
  • analyse and evaluate research results;
  • make theoretical and practical conclusions based on research results;
  • produce an academic research report.

Content Individual academic research project guided by academic supervisor. Research reporting.
Literature Davies, M.B. 2007. Doing a Successful Research Project. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Denscombe, M. 2010. The Good Research Guide. UK: Open University Press. Available in Dawsonera.
Prerequisites All compulsory studies in CEM have to be completed before entering the research seminar.
Completion possibilities Thesis (Available only for students majoring in CEM)

CEMS999   MATURITY EXAMINATION   0 ECTS

Content The student will demonstrate his/her ability to master the chosen discipline and native language by writing an essay type review on the topic of his/her Master´s thesis.
Recommended timing After Master´s Thesis
Completion possibilities Exam essay