Building a Sustainable University Model: The Case of Copenhagen Business School

Giovanni Buffa & Carlo Maria Marenco

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

Seeking to make its contribution to the solution of one of the most urgent global issues affecting our society this study aims to increase understanding of the issue of sustainability and its relationship with universities. This relationship is little explored in the literature, suggesting a study to fill this gap. This research, therefore, examines the role that Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has in achieving sustainable goals and its current approach to sustainability, in order to identify how this institution can transition towards the goal of becoming a more sustainable university. The study is guided by the following research question: How can CBS address the transition towards the final aim of becoming a more sustainable university? The research was conducted inductively based on the case of CBS, but also using insights and knowledge shared by experts from other European universities. The findings and suggestions provided by this research are grouped into two tables which can be found in the conclusions. A response to the research question has been identified using the model proposed later in this study. The research sets out practical recommendations for the activities on which CBS must focus its attention in order to move towards a more sustainable path. Finally, because of the novelty of the model, further research is recommended to improve this approach and to reach a standardized methodology for achieving a sustainable university status that is also applicable to other universities.

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages105
SupervisorsJan Michael Bauer