Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility

Masters in Sustainability and Responibility

The MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility Journey

The programme is studied part time over two years and is based around a series of eight intensive workshops, each of five days' duration.
The programme requires you to engage in practical and experimental actions between workshops, using action research processes. You will be fully supported by tutors and peer learning groups to apply your learning from workshops to your daily professional settings.

Through the programme you will :

  • explore sustainability and corporate responsibility from multiple perspectives
  • engage with leading-edge practitioners and organisations featuring values-based business and organisational practices
  • develop skills and apply disciplined action research and action learning
  • develop and apply your capacities as an informed and self-aware individual contributing to organisational and social change
  • inform the growing world-wide debate on the purposes and responsibilities of business
  • benefit from strong peer support, shared learning and a conducive learning environment

Workshop Descriptions

Programme reading list

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Workshop 1: Scenarios and Challenges

Indicative Reading

  • Senge, Peter et. al. (2008). The Necessary Revolution. London, Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2002). Globalization and Its Discontents. London: Allen Lane/Penguin Press.
  • Steger Manfred B. (2003). Globalization: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Porritt J (2005). Capitalism as if the World Matters. London: Earthscan.
  • Capra, F. (1996). The Web of Life: a new synthesis of mind and matter. London: HarperCollins.
  • Marshall, J. (2003). “Matching Form to Content in Educating for Sustainability”. Teaching Sustainability. C. Galea. London: Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Reason, P. and H. Bradbury (2001). “Inquiry and Participation in Search of a World Worthy of Human Aspiration”. Handbook of Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice. P. Reason and H. Bradbury. London: Sage Publications.
  • World Watch Institute (2009). the State of the World 2009: Confronting Climate Change. London: Earthscan.

Workshop 2: Re-visioning Value and Economics

Indicative Reading

  • Morse S. and Bell, S. (2007). Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Unmeasurable. London: Earthscan.
  • Ekins, P. and Voituriez, T. (2009). Trade, Globalization and Sustainability Impact Assessment. London: Earthscan.
  • Douthwaite, R. (1999). The Growth Illusion. Foxhole, Dartington: Green Books Ltd.
  • Pettifor, A., Ed. (2003). “The legacy of globalization: debt and deflation”. Real World Economic Outlook. Basingstoke, Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan for New Economics Foundation.
  • Robertson, J. (2005). “The Future of Money: If we want a better game of economic life we'll have to change the scoring system”. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture. 31, 118-132.
  • Marshall, J. (1999). “Living Life as Inquiry.” Systematic Practice and Action Research 12(2): 155-171.
  • Meyerson, D. E. and M. A. Scully (1995). “Tempered Radicalism and the Politics of Ambivalence and Change.” Organization Science 6 (5): 585 - 600.
  • Rudolph, J. W., S. S. Taylor, et al. (2001). Collaborative off-line reflection: A way to develop skill in action science and action inquiry. Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice. P. Reason and H. Bradbury. London, Sage Publications: pp 405-412.

Workshop 3: Ecology and Living Systems

Indicative Reading

  • Macy J. & Brown M. (1998) Coming Back to Life: Practices to reconnect our lives, our world., Berkeley, CA: New Society Publishers.
  • Lovelock J. (2006). The Revenge of Gaia. London: Penguin.
  • Reason, P. (2002). “Doing Co-operative Inquiry”. Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Methods. J. Smith. London: Sage Publications Ch 10 pp 205-231.
  • Abram, D. (1996). The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and language in a more than human world. New York: Pantheon.
  • Ballard, D. (2005). “Using learning processes to promote change for sustainable development”. Action Research, 3(2).
  • Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an Ecology of Mind. San Francisco: Chandler.
  • Harding, S. (2006). Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia. Foxhole, Dartington: Green Books.

Workshop 4: Sustainable Design and Development

Indicative Reading

  • Dunphy, Dexter, Andrew Griffiths, et al. (2007). Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability: A Guide for Leaders and Change Agents of the Future. London: Routledge.
  • Drysek, John S. (2005). The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ballard, D (2007) “Mostly Missing the Point: Business Responses to Climate Change”. Cromwell, D. and Levine, M. (Eds.) Surviving Climate Change: The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe. London: Pluto press.
  • Bent, David et al (2008) Climate Futures: responses to climate change in 2030. http://www.forumforthefuture.org/projects/climate-futures
  • McDonough, W. and Braungart, M. (2009). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. London: Vintage.
  • McArdle, K. L. (2008). “Getting in, getting on, getting out: On working with second-person inquiry groups”. P. Reason & H. Bradbury (Eds.), Handbook of Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice (2nd ed.). London: Sage Publications.

Workshop 5: The Nature of Work

Indicative Reading

  • Schumacher, E. F. (1979). Good Work. London: Cape
  • Robertson, J. (1998). Beyond the Dependency Culture. London: Praeger.
  • Lukes, S. (2005) Power: A Radical View. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Fox, Mathew (1990). The Reinvention of Work: a New Vision of Livelihood for our Time. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Mead, G (1997) “A Winter’s Tale; Myth, Story and Organisations”, Self & Society Vol . 24 No.6. Jan1997 p 19-22.
  • Ibarra, H. (2002) “How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career”. Harvard Business Review. December p 40-47
  • Fletcher, J.K., (1998). “Relational Practice: a feminist reconstruction of work”, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol 7(2): p. 163-186.
  • Richardson, Laurel (2000). “Writing: A Method of Inquiry” In Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln (Eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Research. London, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Stacey, R. D. (2007). Strategic Management and Organizational Dynamics: the Challenge of Complexity. Harlow: Prentice Hall.

Module 6: Responsible Organisations

Indicative Reading

  • Hart, Stuart L. (2007). Capitalism at the Crossroads: Aligning Business, Earth and Humanity. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Wharton School Publishing
  • Hopkins, Michael (2003). The Planetary Bargain. London: Earthscan.
  • Grayson, D. and Hodges, A. (2004). Corporate Social Opportunity. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
  • Dunham L., Freeman E., Liedtka J. (2006). “Enhancing Stakeholder Practice: A Particularized Exploration Of Community”, Business Ethics Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 1. pp. 23.
  • Munilla L. & Miles M. .P (2005). “The Corporate Social Responsibility Continuum as a Component of Stakeholder Theory”, Business and Society Review, Vol 110 No 4, p371–387
  • Shah, R.A., Murphy, D.F., McIntosh, M. (Eds.) (2003) Something to Believe In; Creating Trust and Hope In Organisations. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
  • Senge, P et. al. (2005). Prescence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  • Rooke, D. and Torbert W.R. (2007). Seven Transformations of Leadership. Harvard Business Review, April
  • Shaw, P. (2002). Changing Conversations in Organisations. Abingdon: Routledge.

Module 7: Human Rights, Development and Social Justice

Indicative Reading

  • Gaventa, J. and Cornwall, A (2001). “Power and Knowledge”, in Reason and Bradbury (Eds.) Handbook of Action Research. London: Sage publications.
  • Freire, P. (1972. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Penguin Books Ltd.
  • Chambers, R. (1997). Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.
  • Tom Wakeford and Michael Pimbert (2004). “Prajateerpu, Power and Knowledge: The politics of participatory action research in development. Part 2. Analysis, reflections and implications”. Action Research 2 (1):p 25-46
  • Hardy, C. (1994). “Power and Politics in Organizations” Ch.13. Managing Strategic Action: Mobilizing Change. London: Sage Publications.
  • Morgan, G. (1997). Images of Organization. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Prahalad, C. K (2005). The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Upper Saddle River: Wharton Publishing.

Workshop 8: The Business of the Future

This workshop is designed by programme participants and emphasises their own projects and activities as they come to the end of the programme. Therefore there is no specific reading typical for this workshop