Onderwijs

Duurzaamheid in het onderwijs aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam betekent aandacht besteden aan theorieën en case studies gedurende de opleidingen, met het oog op economische, sociale en milieugerichte ontwikkeling. Daarnaast moeten er verschillende mogelijkheden zijn om buiten het studieprogramma om praktijkgerichte ervaring op te doen. Het doel is dat EUR afgestudeerden, de leiders van de toekomst, begrijpen wat de uitdagingen zijn die we moeten overwinnen voor onze samenleving en het milieu. Na hun studie kunnen de alumni zelf oplossingen ontwerpen en uitvoeren, in alle aangeboden wetenschapsgebieden. In het onderwijs wordt op verschillende manieren aandacht besteed aan duurzaamheids- en andere MVO-aspecten. Soms verweven in de gehele opleiding, soms ook als aparte opleidingen, tracks en vakken.

Master Electives

Closed Loop Supply Chains

Traditionally, supply chain management focuses on the flow of products from supplier to the end customer. The growing concern about environmental sustainability (scarcity of resources, pollution, emissions) has increased the pressure on society to manage products responsibly after the use phase as well (‘closing the loop’). As a result, more and more legislation is being installed to enforce original manufacturers to take responsibility for the products they sell. To sustain economically-viable operations one has to thoroughly reconsider supply chain design (collection, recovery, redistribution), develop markets for product and material reuse, and invest in product design for disassembly and recycling. Closed loop supply chain management aims to recover products after use in such a way that they can be reintroduced meaningfully into the forward supply chain. If managed well, closed loop supply chain management does not only contribute to environmental sustainability (footprint reductions through smart sourcing), but does also contribute to value creation for the firm: Footprint reduction means cheaper sourcing, while leveraging green image, customer value and informational value that you subtract from inspecting your products after use may lead to considerable competitive advantage.

This course deals with strategic and operational issues of closed loop supply chain management. This course enables you, as a future manager, to understand the relevant trade-offs related to economic, ecologic and social aspects of doing business, and to apply the necessary tools and concepts to tackle the challenges in trying to close the loop.

Cradle to Cradle

Did you ever wonder what it is like to make a business case for a company that is depending on resources that are becoming scarce? Or did you think of the effect of the (bad) indoor air quality on your work and the effects on the productivity within companies? This master elective by Michael Braungart’s Chair Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality offers you to learn more about Cradle to Cradle and the added value of this approach for our economy, ecology and the social and cultural aspects.

The Cradle to Cradle design paradigm offers a positive approach for the environmental challenges that we are facing today. The Cradle to Cradle approach has proven that it is possible to produce products that do not harm the people and the planet, but support their health while generating profit at the same time. During the lessons you will learn about the Cradle to Cradle principles, how this approach can be implemented within a (existing) company, and we will provide a rich overview of practical solutions and real life applications.

Complimenting on the study of the theoretical base, teaching will utilise practical examples that can be found in the case studies, illustrated by products in the class room, and through guest lectures by managers who have been working with the implementation of Cradle to Cradle in their companies.
In our Cradle to Cradle teaching we take a multidisciplinary approach integrating several RSM master programs. This elective is strongly connected to the MSc Supply Chain Management (including the Closed Loop Supply Chain elective) and the MSc Global Business & Stakeholder Management programme, but can also be selected as a free elective for students who are interested in the added value of Cradle to Cradle in their own discipline. This elective will be evaluated through an assignment.

Strategic Philanthropy

In this elective, you will analyse and advise a large international or small grassroots non-profit/non-governmental organisation on a variety of issues. From finding new financial opportunities and relations with businesses to dealing with strategic challenges, you will be their student-consultant. This will involve working closely with directors, managers, volunteers and other stakeholders of the organisation in the inspiring environment that is nonprofits and NGO’s.

Master Core Course Sustainability Leadership & Planetary Boundaries

Our goal is to broaden students' understanding of sustainability, allowing for a holistic recognition of the interconnectivity of issues and their impacts on the future of business. Students will be immersed in the current developments of corporate sustainability and develop an understanding of what leadership for sustainability means and entails. Students will learn that although undoubtedly critical to the change process, sustainability leadership is not the sole preserve of chief executives. Instead leadership will be shown to be a quality residing in a diversity of actors each with their own distinctive capacity to influence the sustainability agenda.
The 2014 edition of the course will specifically engage with numerous corporate and external thought leaders in sustainability and will connect students with the cutting-edge advancements in sustainability leadership.

Master Programme MSc Global Business and Stakeholder Management

Deze masteropleiding richt zich op drie dimensies:

  1. Leiderschap: het begrijpen van trends in de wereldeconomie en de gerelateerde interesse van stakeholders is een essentiële vaardigheid van elke toekomstige leider. De startweken van de master richten zich hierop, waarbij gekeken wordt naar de rol van organisaties in vraagstukken als honger, armoede, klimaatverandering, gezondheid en werkgelegenheid en hoe zij geloofwaardige en duurzame oplossingen kunnen bieden.
  2. Global Business: internationale bedrijven hebben een behoefte aan mensen met de vaardigheden om de grensvlakken van wetten, culturen, landsgrenzen en tradities te opereren. Het programma onderzoekt hoe bedrijven actief hun internationale omgeving kunnen beïnvloeden in interactie met regeringen, internationale organisaties en vertegenwoordigers van belangenorganisaties, over grenzen en culturen heen..
  3. Stakeholder management: om iets te bereiken kunnen leiders niet zonder stakeholders van binnen en buiten het bedrijf. Deze dimensie bekijkt stakeholders vanuit twee internationale perspectieven: corporate communicatie en corporate governance.

Executive Program Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

De relevantie van CSR reflecteert de groeiende erkenning dat bedrijven meer dan alleen economische belangen of financiële verantwoordelijkheden hebben. Het Executive Program CSR van ESAA Erasmus maakt de thematiek inzichtelijk en stelt kansen en dilemma’s centraal. Het biedt academische en theoretische inzichten als ook een vertaling naar praktijkgerichte oplossingen. Het Executive Program CSR is intensief en gericht op de professional, in het bijzonder directeuren, managers, consultants en beleidsmakers.  

Het programma wordt modulair aangeboden en biedt drie modules waaruit vrij gekozen kan worden.

Module 1: CSR theorie en praktijk (3 collegedagen)

Module 2: CSR Management (6 collegedagen)

Module 3: CSR Rapportage & Audit (4 collegedagen)

De grootte van de groep: maximaal 20 deelnemers, om interactie mogelijk te maken. Samenstelling groep: heel divers in zowel branche als functie, veelal professionals tussen de 30 en 50 jaar.

Het schrijven van een paper kan deel uit maken van de opleiding. De paper staat veelal in het kader van een eigen onderzoek, een business case, beleidsplan of vertaalslag van een methodiek of richtlijn naar de eigen organisatie en/of keten. De paper wordt begeleid door één van de docenten van de opleiding.
Naast de opleiding en de paper biedt het Executive Program CSR een hecht netwerk en is diep verankerd in het MVO werkveld.

Voor meer informatie: website ESAA CSR of leaflet CSR

Erasmus Honours Programme: Grand Challenges

Leadership - responsibility - sustainability

Grand challenges – it is more than evident that the next generation, YOUR generation, will be faced with unprecedented challenges. How to feed 9 billion people in 2050, on a planet that is heavily pressured by climate change, lack of natural resources, acidified oceans, and shortage of food and fresh water (to name a few). And it is also evident that the current system, with its focus on growth no matter what, has caused a number of these problems. It’s time for a systems change.

EUR traditionally is THE University for Future Leaders in business and (public & private) management.  Those leaders need, in this era, to be trained in a systemic and holistic way and to be fully aware of the challenges facing us and capable of handling them.

These challenges can only be faced, solved or at least dealt with, by creative and holistic thinking. This requires individuals with courage, optimism and a strong belief in a better future. Will you be such an individual?

Students who are admitted to this track will embark on a fascinating and exploratory journey, with some of the world’s frontrunners in sustainable thinking (all of them happen to work at Erasmus University).

For more information, take a look at the following link.