Grundlagen des Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements


This course provides a basic understanding of how environmental and social issues translate into stakeholder, market and regulatory pressures and, ultimately, make companies adopt sustainability management practices.



  • Systematically understand drivers and barriers for sustainability management
  • Develop knowledge about various approaches and tools to implement sustainability management practices in organisations
  • Understand the implications of corporate sustainability practices on the entire value chain and the industry/market




Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen
Mag. Dr. Daniela Schrack


Winter & Summer


  • Environmental and social pressures
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Stakeholder management
  • Business case for sustainability
  • Basic environmental strategies: efficiency, consistency and sufficiency
  • Sustainability management in a circular economy
  • Product life-cycle management
  • Environmental and quality management systems
  • From managing the status quo to innovation
  • Collaboration across the value chain (e.g. design for recycling)
  • Co-evolution between market incumbents and pioneers



German & English


Teaching methods

  • Lectures and discussions
  • Practitioner presentation/site visit


Assessment and Grading

  • Exam
  • Exercises


Basic Literature 

Schaltegger, S., Lüdeke-Freund, F., & Hansen, E. G. (2012). Business cases for sustainability: the role of business model innovation for corporate sustainability. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 6(2), 95–119.

Marcus, J., Kurucz, E. C., & Colbert, B. A. (2010). Conceptions of the Business-Society-Nature Interface: Implications for Management Scholarship. Business & Society, 49(3), 402–438.

Hockerts, K., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2010). Greening Goliaths versus emerging Davids — Theorizing about the role of incumbents and new entrants in sustainable entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 481–492.

Mitchell, R. K., Agle, B. R., & Wood, D. J. (1997). Toward a Theory of Stakeholder Identification and Salience: Defining the Principle of Who and What Really Counts. Academy of Management Review, 22(4), 853–886.

Spitzeck, H., & Hansen, E. G. (2010). Stakeholder Governance – How do stakeholders influence corporate decision-making? Corporate Governance: International Journal of Business in Society, 10(4), 378–391.