Sustainable Business Strategy

Sustainable Business Strategy

Learn how to turn sustainability issues into profitable business opportunities and strategic competitive advantages.

About the programme

ECTS Credits
Master's level
Study start
Autumn 2024

Companies are expected to become part of the solution to the major sustainability problems of our time. Research increasingly documents that companies that manage to succeed with this are rewarded in the marketplace.

In the last few years, we have seen rapid developments related to how to design sustainable and profitable business models and strategies.

In this master module, you will learn how to use this new insight to help companies reduce emissions and reach other key sustainability goals. Moreover, you will learn how companies can analyze the broader industry environment and innovate your business strategies in ways that make your company attractive to customers, employees, investors, regulatory authorities and other key stakeholders.

The master module will provide you with the tools, frameworks and knowledge to make companies fit for the future. You will learn to understand what sustainable and circular business is. You will also get a framework that will enable you to turn sustainability issues into profitable business opportunities and strategic competitive advantages.

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Target group

The target groups for the master module are

  • Executives and managers in private, public and voluntary sectors that are facing sustainability and innovation challenges.
  • Professionals that work on sustainability issues, e.g. as analysts, consultants, advisors or board members.
  • Chief Sustainability Officers and managers.
  • Other managers who are or want to be responsible for working in high-level executive positions with the development or valuation of sustainability and corporate strategies.

Profitability and sustainability are closely related

About the programme

ECTS Credits
Master's level
Study start
Autumn 2024


This module can be used as a specialization module in our Executive Master of Management.

Read more about our executive master of management

Practical information

  • Part-time master module of 12 months duration
  • Tuition is NOK 150 000
  • Scholarship


    Scholarship on Sustainable Business Strategy

    Application Scholarship: Deadline 10 June 2023.

    NHH Executive offers a free course in our new executive master module, Sustainable Business Strategy.  One scholarship will be assigned to a leader in voluntary organizations or social/environmental entrepreneurs.

    The scholarship should benefit an applicant who could not otherwise partake in the programme.

    The scholarship will be assigned after assessment. Beside working in socially responsible companies, candidates must satisfy ordinary admission requirements. They must be on the management team of an organization that works nationally or internationally with socially important assignments. Our assessment emphasizes:

    • The company's social benefit and impact
    • An overall assessment related to the participant's role in the student group 

    We kindly ask for a comprehensive description of the company the applicant represents (target group, size, etc.) and what kind of ambitions the company has and how the new master module will be able to contribute to achieving these goals.

  • Academic overlap

    Academic overlap

    Courses and modules with an academic overlap cannot be combined in the Executive master in management. For guidance, please contact the study programme coordinator.


About the programme directors

Sveinung Jørgensen and Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen have been researching, teaching and disseminating knowledge about sustainable business strategy both nationally and internationally for over 15 years. They both work closely with business, as board members, strategic advisors and in their own ventures. They lead the Centre for Sustainable Business at NHH.


August 24-25 2023
Campus NHH Bergen

Session 1: The What, Why, How and So What of Sustainable Business Strategy

October 30-November 3 2023
ESCP Berlin

Session 2: Recognize: Getting Down to Sustainable Business Strategy

November 16 2023 Home exam
January 24-25 2024
Campus NHH Oslo
Session 3: Rethink
March 18-19 2024
Campus NHH Oslo
Session 4: Reinvent: Sustainable Business Strategy Bootcamp
May 23-24 2024
Campus NHH Bergen
Session 5: Reorganize: Making Sustainable Business Strategy Real and presentation of project report
June 3 2024 Submission of the project paper
June 11 2024 Home exam
June 21 2024 Presentation of the project paper