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Business Transformation Case Study

Module titleBusiness Transformation Case Study
Module codeBEPM003
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Professor Steffen Boehm (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

This module focuses on the relationship between environmental and social performances and economic value. The aim is to use a transformational case study approach to understand how organisations can build capacity to become more regenerative.

By adopting a triple-bottom-line approach, you will explore the relationships and interdependencies as well as tensions between ecological, social and economic value dimensions, as they are faced by businesses.

You will work directly with a local or regional business, co-creating a business transformation plan with the aim of making that business more regenerative and sustainable. You will evaluate the business processes and capacities in the organisation as well as the wider regional economy to understand how meaningful transformation can be brought about. While business factors, such as resource efficiency, supply chain management and business strategy, are important, students will also analyse wider policy, governance, community and ecosystem factors to outline pathways for transformation that enable a company and the wider local economy to respond to ecological, social and economic challenges and crises, such as biodiversity loss, food poverty/malnutrition or climate change.

Given that these are system challenges, any business transformation plan is likely to have to involve other private, public and third sector actors to bring about a multi-agency, collaborative transformation effort.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will equip you to engage in practical and meaningful change efforts at business level. It will provide you with the practical skills to analyse business processes within the context of broader societal and ecosystems settings. The module will also give students the necessary academic skills to critically reflect on their engagement with businesses and the latter’s ambitions to become more regenerative and sustainable.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Develop a business transformation plan
  • 2. Explain the relations and interdependencies as well as tensions between ecological, economic and social value.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Contrast sustainable business management knowledge with real-life scenarios by assessing the sustainable transformation process of business
  • 4. Reflect on the challenges of transition towards sustainable business models

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Evaluate a business transformation plan
  • 6. Exemplify business engagement implementation

Syllabus plan

The module will cover, but not be limited to, the following themes:

  • Triple bottom line business approaches
  • Doughnut economics approaches in business ecosystems
  • Business transformation planning
  • Relations and interdependencies between ecological, economic and social value creation
  • Tensions and paradoxes between ecological, economic and social value creation
  • Case studies of successful and failed business transformations
  • Collaborative and multi-agency approaches to business transformation

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 77 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 77 workshops to work on business transformation plans
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 41 field trip to a local organization to appraise transformational challenges
Guided independent study 132Core and supplementary readings, workshop preparation, business engagement activities.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft Business Transformation Plan OR Portfolio Proposal 1500 words 1,2,5 Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Business Transformation Plan OR Portfolio 50No size limit1,2,5,6Written
Reflective essay 504000 words2,3,4Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Business Transformation Plan OR Portfolio Report 2000 words 1,2,5,6Referral/deferral period
Reflective essay Reflective essay 4000 words 2,3,4Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you have been deferred for any assessment you will be expected to submit the relevant assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to sit a further examination. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist. Chelsea Green Publishing.
  • Elkington, J. (2013). Enter the triple bottom line. In The triple bottom line: Does it all add up? (pp. 1-16). Routledge.
  • Waddock, S. (2020). Achieving sustainability requires systemic business transformation. Global Sustainability, 3, e12.
  • Müller, A. L., & Pfleger, R. (2014). Business transformation towards sustainability. Business Research, 7, 313-350.

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Key words search

Business, environment, sustainability, climate change, ecology, community 

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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