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Academic year
ENM130 - Managing stakeholders for sustainable development
Hantering av intressenter för hållbar utveckling
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-06 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Mechanical Engineering

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

Course elements   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)


Anna Bergek

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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 development projects. Stakeholders include local and central government authorities, intergovernmental organisations, industry, university, research institutes, insurance companies, NGOs and regular citizens. 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)

  • Critically discuss the importance and potential benefits of involving stakeholders in sustainability projects as well as the challenges it implies;
  • Account for and apply relevant theories, models and methods for identifying and categorizing different types of stakeholders in relation to specific sustainable development contexts;
  • Identify the needs and conflicts interests of different types of stakeholders;
  • Draw upon multi-disciplinary literatures and information relevant for building constructive relationships with and between stakeholders;
  • Communicate and interact with diverse stakeholder groups.


  • Perspectives on multi-stakeholder processes for sustainable development
  • Companies and their stakeholders
  • Consumer and citizen involvement
  • Identifying and managing stakeholders in sustainable development projects
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Barriers to stakeholder involvement
  • Stakeholders and policy
  • Stakeholder negotiations for international agreements


The course comprises a series of interlinked lectures, literature seminars, guest lectures, group seminars, workshops, group work and individual assignments. Lectures and literature seminars focus on providing insights and tools from the academic literature and practice on stakeholder involvement and management, with special focus on the specific context of sustainable development. The course also includes presentations from experts in the field who describe their practical experiences of working with these issues. During group seminars and workshops, students discuss practical examples or participate in various exercises. They aim to develop knowledge and skills that are useful for identifying, understanding and interacting with stakeholders in sustainable development projects. The students also work in groups with a real sustainability issue, where they apply the knowledge and skills they have developed during the course. The project work is based on desktop studies and interviews with practitioners from different types of stakeholder organisations. The course involves compulsory attendance at seminars and workshops.


To be announced two weeks before the course starts.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination of the course comprises of an individual written exam, a project report (in groups) and weekly tasks (individual and in groups).The weekly tasks and group project are graded as pass/fail and the written exam is graded according to the scale fail, 3, 4, 5. The final course grade is determined based on the home exam, but a pass grade on all assignments is required to pass the course.

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2009. Modified: Wed 04 Apr 2018