The New Sustainability in Business

About the course

Welcome to The New Sustainability in Business! This course has been designed as a go-to resource for those interested in understanding the growing role of sustainability in business.

We live in a rapidly changing world. In the 2020s, it is more essential than ever for companies to take sustainability seriously. However, many business practitioners are struggling with how to respond to today’s sustainability requirements. This course – supported with latest academic research – is an easily accessible resource to update your sustainability knowledge to the present day.

The course is authored by experts on sustainable business from Aalto University School of Business, Finland. Learn more about Aalto’s Sustainability in Business (SUB) research group on our website sub.aalto.fi.

Who is this for?

This course has been designed especially for business practitioners and university students who want to learn the latest thinking on themes like sustainable development, sustainable business models and value creation, or sustainability in different business functions.

However, others also interested in such themes will definitely benefit from the course.

Enrolling to the course

Register here to create an account for the course, free of charge. After logging in, you’ll have access right away to the online course platform that contains all the course materials.

How to complete the course?

The New Sustainability in Business offers you a collection of insights on sustainable business in an easily accessible online course format.

You can go through the materials in a fully self-paced manner. When going through lessons and exercises, you’ll see a progress bar on the front page of the course.

The course consists of four modules that each have 3-4 lessons. After each lesson, there are multiple-choice or open-ended questions so that you can reflect on what you have learned. Each lesson has a “Further reading” section if you want to expand your learning.

In order to complete the course, you will have to complete all the exercises.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how companies impact the environment and society
  2. Name several different examples of sustainable business models
  3. Apply concrete tools for generating sustainable business innovations
  4. Identify how sustainability can be integrated into different business operations: strategy, supply chain management, accounting as well as marketing and communication
  5. Reflect on your change management skills and feel motivated and capable of taking action on sustainability challenges

Course core team

Olli Sahimaa (PhD) works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University School of Business. He is an expert in sustainable and circular business models, sustainability transitions and system dynamics of circular economy. He holds a PhD from environmental engineering. Olli teaches the course Strategies and Management for Circular Economy in Aalto University School of Business. He has extensively studied and applied different methods of digital pedagogy in his teaching.

Elizabeth Miller (MSc) works as a Doctoral Researcher in Aalto University School of Business. Her research focuses on developing qualitative system dynamics methodologies, the development of circular economy ecosystems and supply networks, and transitioning production systems toward more sustainable practices. Elizabeth’s experience outside of academia includes sustainability consulting and working for an urban sustainability think tank.

Teresa Haukkala (PhD) works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University School of Business. She is a specialist in sustainability transitions and holds a PhD from organizations and management from the Aalto University School of Business. Teresa has a strong background in communications and journalism, and has also worked as a consultant and specialist on climate change, energy policy and sustainable economy.  

Other key authors

Samuli Patala (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Business.

Minna Halme (PhD) is a professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business.

Patrick Shulist (PhD) works as an Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Business in Aalto University School of Business.

Katri Kauppi (PhD) works as an Associate Professor of Logistics in Aalto University School of Business.

Emma-Riikka Myllymäki (PhD) works as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in Aalto University School of Business.

Tulin Dzhengiz (PhD) works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University School of Business.

Leena Lankoski (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Aalto University School of Business.