Managing Sustainability in Global Value Chains

Module code: N1658
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Computer based exam

This module introduces students to how businesses and public organisations manage the sustainability of global value chains in the world economy. The role that global value chains play in business performance and economic integration in the world economy, and the challenges that they pose for managing the social (employment) and environmental sustainability of firms, are explored. The module examines theoretical and practical perspectives on the organisation of global value chains and their implications for understanding how employment practices and environmental impacts of global economic activity are managed. It also examines the public policy frameworks that are influencing the social and environmental sustainability of business integration into global value chains.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of concepts of, and approaches to, the management of global value chain sustainability.
  • Make appropriate use of frameworks and examples to analyse global value chain sustainability processes and programmes.
  • Critically evaluate the management challenges in the relationship between social and environmental sustainability and global value chains.