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Syllabus for

Academic year
ENM130 - Managing stakeholders for sustainable development
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-25 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Univ lektor  Ulrika Palme
Professor  Anne-Marie Tillman

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in environmental science or environmental engineering


The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how to build constructive relationships with diverse stakeholders in practical contexts. Students gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge of both how to handle and manage the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders and of how to integrate stakeholders¿ varying types of expertise in relation to sustainability projects in different types of organisations. These include government authorities and intergovernmental organisations, although the course focuses mainly on industry. The course focuses on the types of cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills required to take leadership on sustainability projects and interact with stakeholders in each of these contexts.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Describe the importance of managing stakeholders in sustainability projects

Describe the importance of stakeholder management for the sustainable development of different types of organisations

Express the potential for conflict in practical contexts between the social, economic and environmental "pillars" of sustainable development

Demonstrate the ability to deal with and manage conflicts between the social, economic and environmental "pillars" of sustainable development

Demonstrate the ability to deal with and manage the needs of and conflicts of interest between different types of stakeholders

Apply leadership skills in association with the abovementioned conflicts

Draw upon multi-disciplinary literatures and information for building constructive relationships with stakeholders

Demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact with diverse stakeholder groups


The course is divided into two lines of instruction. The first provides a theoretical understanding of the process and importance of managing stakeholders in the context of sustainability. The second provides the opportunity to develop and practice competences and skills that are useful for managing and interacting with stakeholders in the real world.


The course comprises a series of lectures, presentations and workshops. Lectures focus mainly on providing insights from the academic literature on stakeholder management and sustainable development. The course also includes presentations from experts in the field who describe their practical experiences of working with these issues. During workshops students participate in various exercises (e.g. role plays) that aim to develop skills that are useful for managing conflicts between and interacting with stakeholders. Students also work on a group project where they apply the skills and competences developed during the course.


To be announced two weeks before the course starts


Written home exam, a written group project completed throughout the duration of the course and the possibility to attain bonus points from workshops held throughout the course.

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