ISG – Student expectations. 8 June

As part of the run-up to our preparatory week, we are asking each registered student to prepare a short bio note by way of background for the professor and the other members of the  class, and at the same time to give us a few thought-out lines in which they set out their expectations for what they hope to get out of this collaborative learning experience.  We place these here, thinking that they will be interesting for us to have in mind as we proceed with the presentations and discussions. And with the thought that it will be useful if we get back to them in the last session of the course, as a closing check list to see how we all did.

From Youngji LEE

The world now face two challenges; i) expanding economic opportunities for a growing global population and ii) addressing environmental pressures that, if left unaddressed, could undermine our living standard. Growing concerns about the environmental unsustainability of past economic growth patterns and increased awareness of a potential future climate crisis have made it clear that the environment and the economy can no longer be considered in isolation.

In this context, many countries now pursue the Green Growth Strategy as a new growth paradigm. They say Green Growth implies a conceptual shift; “Climate change and energy issues should not be seen as challenges, but rather as opportunities.” I think the Green Growth Strategy is one of the most important components of sustainable development. Questions from the perspective of the business;

1.       Will be there a significant business opportunities from green industries? Which industries do you expect to be prominent from the perspective of the business?

2.       What do you assess about the impact of those policy changes on business activities in a coming decade?

3.       How businesses should prepare such kind of paradigm shift and adjust their own strategy, structure, operation and marketing

From MAki Matsumoto

I expect from the class to be able to;

1. Learn the basis of sustainable business development (past, current and future of this field).

2. Obtain the systematic understanding of how sustainable business development effects on companies, government agencies.

3. address related business opportunities and risks in real life business situation.

From Gal Hayat

My main expectations from this course will be finding answers to following questions:

  1. What is sustainable development?
  2. What are the criteria one (countries, organizations, and individuals) should include in his sustainable planning?
  3. What are the risks in transforming existing processes to be more sustainable?
  4. How can one ensure long-term sustainability?
  5. What/who are the barriers preventing sustainability?
  6. Where will it be easier to create sustainability? developed or undeveloped countries?

From Karim Watfa

I hope from the class to be able to tackle the sustainable availabilities in the Middle East (as nothing is being done for it there) and see how that gap could be closed. I believe it could also be monetarily advantageous (though there seems to be a belief that it’s not). My frequent desire is to tap into undiscovered markets — and I belief that in the previously mentioned regions, a real potential exists for sustainable development of all kinds.

From Jonathan Cornelus

From a content point of view, I believe sustainable development, business and society are well interrelated making it a challenging exercise to balance them individually so that 1+1+1 makes a minimum of 4. I believe sustainable development can work in the same direction as society wealth and economic growth. I expect a lot of group discussions and interactions from this course to find out how this can work, exchange of ideas within our very international class to form ourselves a more elaborate opinion, guided by in-depth additional knowledge and vision of our lecturer.

From a format point of view, I expect a well outlined course with clear structure where we know the point we are heading to (sorry for being an engineer). As I am working fulltime, I’m doing the best I can to prepare, although it is impossible for me to read all preparation articles in 1,5 week time as expected, since previous final assignments are getting priority during this period  (as will have this course too during the final assignment). I appreciate an intensive 3-days contact seminar, focusing on quality rather than “rushing” quantity. Finding extra material to read is never a problem and has no limits to know a topic, my main interest of the MBA lies in the exchange of knowledge and opinions we will have in class.

From Clement Fernandez

Sustainable development is something that we hear every day so my first expectation would be to know the true meaning of sustainable development.

Then, I would like to take out from this course information that will be useful and practical for my professional life and also in general.

Is that sustainable development would be easy to implement?

Do companies and society ready to really go for sustainable development?

What changes and impacts would it have?

How to implement sustainability in business practices and in society?

What is the role of the governments in those changes? Do they have to impose regulations and pass law?


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