Master’s Program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (60 credits)

General

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Program Description

The Master’s Program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability is a transformative 10-month education aimed at educating leaders capable of supporting the sustainable development of society in a way that strengthens their own organization.

This program revolves around two integrated themes. The first is Strategic Sustainable Development, which is about creating and executing economically viable development of products, systems, organizations and communities in support of a transition towards global sustainability. Students learn about the sustainability challenges and related opportunities, and about scientifically and practically validated a methodology for strategic sustainable development. The second theme is Leading in Complexity, which is about dealing respectfully with complexity and effectively facilitating change. Students are invited to explore the meaning and the implications of complexity for social change and their own leadership. They learn about scientifically and practically validated methodology for leadership in complexity, to be able to lead co-creation of a vibrant, sustainable future.

The program consists of 60 credits and leads to a one-year Master’s degree.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On-campus, day, full-time
  • Application code: BTH-90554
  • Study period: 2020-August-31 until 2021-August-15
  • Education level: Second cycle
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Application: Apply via universityadmissions.se
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from a responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Entry requirements: Applicants having a Bachelor's degree, English 6 and relevant work experience (internship, volunteer service, full or part-time work, extra-curricular activity) over the course of at least 6 months that demonstrates your experience with social and/or environmental sustainability.
    Specific eligibility in the English language from upper secondary school for non-Swedish students: TOEFL 575/90; IELTS 6.5 no section below 5.5, or University of Cambridge and Oxford tests.

Program Distribution

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Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Mandatory courses
    • Research methodology for sustainability
    • Leading in complexity
    • Innovation for sustainability
    • Strategic sustainable development
    • Strategic planning for sustainability

Semester 2

  • Mandatory courses
    • Master's thesis (60 credits) in strategic leadership towards sustainability

Learning Outcome

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the program the student will:

  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about society’s sustainability challenges, be able to describe and characterize basic reasons for these and be able to explain and criticize responses to these challenges in academia, the business world and other parts of society.
  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about methodology for strategic sustainable development that supports structured and coordinated cooperation between different disciplines, organizational units and sectors of society, including a principled definition of ecological and social sustainability and strategic guidelines for how an organization can contribute to society’s transition to sustainability in a way that is economically advantageous to the organization.
  • demonstrate deepened knowledge about the methodology for leadership in complexity, including systems thinking, organizational change, organizational learning, transformative change, dialogic organization development, organizational dynamics, mental models and facilitation of cooperation between different disciplines, organizational units and sectors of society.
  • demonstrate a deepened understanding of how the two central fields of the program (strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity) can be integrated with each other and with supplementary fields, concepts, methods and tools as support of strategic leadership towards sustainability.
  • demonstrate deepened methodology knowledge about research for strategic leadership towards sustainability, especially qualitative and design science methods, and be able to demonstrate broad insight into current research of that kind. Abilities and skills.

On completion of the program the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the two central fields of the program (strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity)for research and development work or other qualified activity, including being able to analyze and develop solutions and strategic plans and choose, combine and develop supplementary concepts, methods, and tools.
  • demonstrate the ability to independently identify and formulate problems of relevance to strategic leadership towards sustainability and with support of the central methodology of the program for strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity plan and with adequate methods from supplementary fields carry out qualified assignments within given timeframes in academia, the business world and other parts of society.
  • demonstrate the ability to orally and in writing in a way that is comprehensible to different groups describe and present the meaning of strategic leadership towards sustainability, argue for conclusions and engage other persons in work of change and organizational learning, facilitate and lead such work and reflect upon the personal leadership. Judgment and approach.

On completion of the program the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments of different solutions and strategic plans for how organizations can contribute to sustainable development, in view of relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and consider ethical aspects of research and development work for sustainability and especially of design science research for strategic leadership towards sustainability.
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of engineering and science as support of society’s transition to sustainability and how different stakeholders use science for their purposes, as for example in the discourse on climate change.
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and critically relate to different theories, concepts, methods and tools in the field of sustainability, including the central methodology of the program for strategic sustainable development and leadership in complexity.
  • demonstrate the ability to, with support of the program’s central methodology for strategic sustainable development and leadership, identify the needs of further knowledge.

Admission

Admission criteria

In the case of more qualified applicants than available positions for the current program start, a selection is made. This is done in the following way:

  • Method 3 Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.
General

This method is intended to assess the applicant’s motivation and preconditions for studies at the program ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”.

Selection Criteria
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • An essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program, providing information about her or his relevant personal or professional experiences (maximum 2500 words).
  • 2 letters of reference (recommendations from two people who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and skills).
  • Higher education grades.
Specification of Selection Criteria

Ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level as regards:

  • Academic results at prior higher education studies.
  • Relevance of degree (and of courses included) for scientifically based studies at Master’s level in strategic sustainable development.
  • Relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” (e.g. through choice of work, voluntary work, other community services or in another way).
Last updated October 2019

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