[ 515MOTSSMEK20 ] KS Environmental and Quality Management

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Business Administration Erik Hansen 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme (*)Betriebswirtschaftslehre 2021W
Objectives (*)The goal of this course is to learn about corporate approaches to systematically identify sustainability issues and related stakeholder demands and translate them into corporate responses – within the organization and across the value chain. In particular, it aims at exploring the role of management systems, standards and related certification systems as tools to translate issues into corporate practice and as vehicles for continuous improvement and change. It also provides for a better understanding of the role of environmental and quality managers in organizations.
Subject (*)
  • Overview of relevant organizational, product and material standards and related certifications systems
  • Building blocks of environmental (e.g. ISO 14001), quality and integrated management systems
  • Environmental management systems and the life-cycle perspective
  • Emerging (certification) standards for the circular economy (e.g. Cradle to Cradle, ISO/TC 323)
  • Success factors and challenges in adopting management systems and standards
  • Linkages between management systems and innovation
  • The role of the environmental and quality manager in organizations
Criteria for evaluation (*)Exam and class assignments/active participation
Methods (*)
  • Lectures, in-class discussion
  • case-studies
  • Practitioner speeches/site visits
Language English and French
Study material (*)
  • Current scientific and grey literature, e.g.:
  • Amores-Salvadó, J., Martin-de Castro, G., & Navas-López, J. E. (2015). The importance of the complementarity between environmental management systems and environmental innovation capabilities: A firm level approach to environmental and business performance benefits. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  • Heras-Saizarbitoria, I., & Boiral, O. (2013). ISO 9001 and ISO 14001: Towards a Research Agenda on Management System Standards*. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(1), 47–65.
  • Quality Austria. (2016). The Integrated Management System: The Position of Quality Austria. Vienna. Retrieved from (accessed: 6.4.2016).
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 100
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority