Advanced Sustainability Programme (ASP)

Edinburgh Business School

Edinburgh Business School


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Who should attend

ASP is targeted at people with extensive sustainability experience. It would be of specific relevance to experienced professionals in the following areas: corporate sustainability, responsible investments and sustainable finance, corporate strategy and governance, corporate secretariat, environmental management, risk management, innovation, sales and marketing, HRM, business development, project management, community engagement, investor relations, corporate relations, international development, social innovation, and public relations.

About the course

This dynamic three-day programme will further equip you to strategically deal effectively with the challenges posed by sustainability and enhanced organisational performance.

Sustainability is a very dynamic and fast-paced field. This is further complicated by the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) global challenges shaping and informing sustainability practices in different contexts.A recent fundamental change to the sustainability landscape is the global emphasis on meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professionals in this space are required to make sense of these developments, and strategically reconcile the demands of sustainability with the quest for enhanced organisational performance. This dynamic three-day programme will further equip you to strategically deal effectively with these challenges. The programme also includes a delegate dinner (Day 1), a networking event (Day 2), and a 12 month periodic consultations with faculty as you implement self-chosen goals from the programme.


The Advanced Sustainability Programme is underpinned by latest academic studies and industry practices in the field. The aim of this programme is to keep professionals in this area and those interested in sustainability abreast with cutting-edge research findings and practical insights, from leading organisations and practitioners, to enhance organisational performance.

It will help participants understand and drive organisational change and development along the lines of sustainability both within their organisations and in the markets in which their organisations operate. It is recognised, supported and endorsed as best practice by leading professional bodies.

Below you will find out more information on this dynamic 3-day programme. If you are interested in attending and would like to register your interest, or have someone call you back with further information, then please use the link just below this introduction to register your interest and or request a personal call back from Professor Kenneth Amaeshi. Kenneth would be delighted to provide you with further detailed information and answer any questions you may have

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, participants will, among others, be able to:

  • Articulate strong business cases for sustainability
  • Identify and apply effective tools to sustainability challenges
  • Assess and analyse financial, social, and consumer markets for opportunities
  • Effectively manage and communicate sustainability to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Understand what it takes to lead self and others, as well as initiate and drive change in organisations and society

Day One: Driving Organisational Change through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Sustainable Organisational Development and Culture Change
  • Business case for sustainability: recent findings and current trends
  • Aligning Systems, Processes, and Structures with the business context
  • Sustainability management tools and performance indicators/matrices
  • Change management agents and professionals: Strategies for overcoming challenges

Day Two: Exploring Market Opportunities through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Responsible Investment and Sustainable Finance
  • Creating New Markets through Sustainable Innovation
  • Brand building in complex markets through sustainability practices
  • Managing relations with stakeholders – investors, analysts, consumers, and regulators
  • Recent developments in reporting and communicating sustainability strategies and practices

Day Three: Enhancing Organisational Leadership/Social Leadership and Governance through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Responsible leadership in challenging environments
  • Leading change and innovation across organisational boundaries
  • Recent developments and trends in Corporate Governance and Ethics


Kenneth Amaeshi

Phil (Rome), PGCE (Cranfield), MSc Economics (Hull), MBA (Nottingham), PhD International Political Economy (Warwick) Kenneth joined the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Following a career in management consultancy, he held positions at the Cranfield School of Management and the University of War...

John Amis

John Amis joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in July 2013 as Chair in Strategic Management and Organisation. John received his PhD from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, he was in the Department of Management at the University of Memphis. Joh...

Susan Murphy

BS & MS (Psychology, University of Washington), MBA (Foster School of Business, University of Washington), and PhD Organisational Psychology (University of Washington, USA) Susan Elaine Murphy was formerly Director of the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University and...

Caroline Marchant

After a decade working in financial services marketing, Caroline became a Marketing Consultant in 1996 advising on marketing strategy and planning in a range of sectors from charities, tourism, education, the arts as well as financial services and working alongside agencies. At this time, Carolin...

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