What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

As business organisations around the world face sustainability-related challenges, many are struggling to balance short and long-term objectives to overcome these obstacles.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for professionals seeking an understanding of how to develop sustainable stakeholder-oriented business strategies in organisations.

Analyse the shareholder vs stakeholder debate

Explore traditional and contemporary attitudes toward corporate purpose. Consider why many organisations now favour stakeholder capitalism as their preferred business model and examine why the stakeholder view now dominates business discourse and drives more sustainable business strategies.

Evaluate real-world stakeholder management practices

Apply learned insights and frameworks to evaluate organisations in crisis vs organisations that have a clear purpose and incorporate inclusive stakeholder management practices. You'll learn how stakeholder interests can be aligned to create a sense of shared values, and compare real-world examples of sustainable business success with corporate cases of misconduct.

Develop a stakeholder-oriented, sustainable business strategy

Assess the ethical and strategic risks and opportunities ingrained in the stakeholder approach. Compare this business model to the sustainability pyramid, and discover how the latter gives organisations a blueprint to develop shared values across all business operations. Apply the sustainable business pyramid to a powerful business strategy for your own organisation.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Thomas Maak

Director, Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Leadership, University of Melbourne

Thomas is the Director of the Center for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne and is a global authority in the field of responsible and values-based leadership. Thomas has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for several years on their award-winning senior executive program “Ulysses.” His publications have appeared in journals such as the Academy of Management Learning & Education, and his honours include the Max-Weber-Prize 2008.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Corporate Sustainability series

This series addresses the sustainability-related challenges confronting business organisations and provides participants with practical tools to overcome these. It explores approaches that increase organisations’ capability for continuous renewal and long-term success, whilst also promoting social and environmental benefits.

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For individuals

To take Foundations of Sustainable Business as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1350.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Foundations of Sustainable Business, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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