This course explores sustainability from the perspective of grand challenges. By examining in- depth the issue of plastic pollution, one of the most recent and complex sustainability issues facing businesses, students have the opportunity to experience the challenges and opportunities that such an issue can present.
Beginning by situating plastic pollution within the SDG framework and then unpacking the challenge itself, its many stakeholders, the evolving regulatory context and its systemic nature, the first sessions offer insights into mapping the materiality of an issue within a particular business.
Participants will identify solutions and opportunities through a variety of cases. Throughout the learning journey, opportunities for personal and professional reflection on grand challenges will be included.
Pre-requisites: An interest in learning about the impacts of grand challenges on businesses and vice versa. No prior expertise on the topic is necessary.
Jennifer Goodman is Associate Professor of CSR in the Department of Business and Society at Audencia Business School. Her research and teaching interests lie broadly in the relationship between business, government and society, sustainability and CSR.
She has a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School in Spain, where she formed part of ESADE’s Institute for Social Innovation, and spent time as a visiting researcher on the Responsible Investing Initiative at Carleton University, Canada. At Aalto University School of Business in Finland, she contributed to the large European project EU-InnovatE: Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0.
Before embarking on her PhD, Jennifer worked as a researcher and financial analyst and managed professional language training courses.