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Sustainable Operations Management

Sustainability has been recognized to play a vital role in today{\uc1\u8217*}s and even more so in tomorrow{\uc1\u8217*}s business. Sustainability encompasses the 3Ps, i.e., prosperity, planet and people. We shall study and discuss sustainability initiatives across the value chain, from sourcing materials to recycling options. The course is primarily based on case studies to illustrate current practice and to critically assess success and failures of sustainability initiatives.
Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
HS 2019
Prof. Dr. Stefan Spinler
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
Key dimensions of operations management; sustainable development goals; triple bottom line; carbon footprint; sustainable sourcing; green operations; green logistics; clean energy
Date Time
Monday, 02.09.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 04.09.2019 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 09.09.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Friday, 20.09.2019 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 27.09.2019 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 09.10.2019 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 16.10.2019 08:00 - 09:30
Friday, 18.10.2019 08:00 - 11:15
raise awareness and responsibility for sustainability issues, document successful industry initiatives, understand response options to legislative restrictions
Drake, D., S. Spinler (2013): Sustainable Operations Management: An enduring stream or a passing fancy? Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), 15 (4), 689 – 700.
lectures, case studies, independent studies
Case studies, seminar paper
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