BMT780 - Contemporary Issues in Management Sustainability

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Subject Title
Contemporary Issues in Management Sustainability

Subject Description
This interactive course will challenge the students to discuss, formulate and defend a position on a few contemporary issues that affect business.  The format is based on four topics, allowing a concentration of knowledge to be gained by the student.  Areas include:  sustainable business management and environmental (Green) initiatives;  new government regulations/programs; infrastructure and business revitalization; and the economy.  The focus will be on issues that challenge small and medium business in Canada.  Using cases, your professor and/or guest speakers will offer advice and thoughts for development of each topic.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine sustainability issues to inform the direction of an organization.

  2. Apply systems thinking to analyze the interdependency of sustainability issues in an organization’s environment.

  3. Conduct stakeholder analyses to identify and address their needs and interests.

  4. Analyze sustainability frameworks to revise organizational strategies.

  5. Create a business case using data metrics and tools to justify sustainability practices of an organization.


Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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