MSc Management for Sustainability Transitions

  • Full-time
  • 1 year to 2 years
  • Grenoble
  • English

The MSc Management for Sustainability Transitions prepares students for leading transformational change in business, public, and non-profit organizations toward systemic sustainability.

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Lead sustainability transitions in various contexts

Climate change, biodiversity loss, rising inequalities, and other societal challenges call for systemic changes. But how can managers catalyze, guide, and sustain actions toward much required sustainability transitions? How can they take a wider approach to innovation to simulate new forms of organizations and processes toward this end? 


Program Highlights

  • This program will enable the business professionals of tomorrow to catalyze sustainability-related change toward more resilient, fairer, and more responsible economies. This includes making decisions responsibly, in full awareness of social, environmental, and economic implications, and with effective tools.
  • Building on the expertise of the faculty and Grenoble Ecole de Management’s vibrant sustainability-oriented eco-system (e.g. European Green Capital 2022), program participants will have the opportunity to discuss recent research insights, connect to current actors in the field, and learn through practical applications of tools and frameworks. 
  • The program will leverage research insights and provide connections to professional communities (League of Intrapreneurs, Catalyst 2030 Social Entrepeneurs, Consulting), conferences or relate events, e.g. Sustainability@GEM; Sustainability Transitions Research Network STRN; International Sustainability Transitions conference (IST). 
  • This program builds on the legacy and successful implementation of two GEM specializations including Smart and Sustainable Business (MBA) and Innovation for Sustainability Transition (3rd year PGE).


Key Points

This program is for students who want to lead or catalyze transformational change in the private, public, or non-profit sectors toward sustainability.

  • Strategies for sustainability: Integrate sustainable development principles and frameworks (Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs, planetary boundaries) into forward-looking strategies.
  • Scenario analysis: Consider long-term implications of a business problem, formulating scenarios for possible futures.
  • Change agency: Organize and lead change towards organizational, industry, and societal sustainability transitions.
  • Innovation for sustainability: Develop and evaluate smart business innovations, using technology as part of a holistic approach.
  • Extended life cycle analysis: Assess and critically reflect on the social and environmental impact of a product/service.
  • Inclusive governance: Adopt an inclusive and ethical management approach, placing governance at the center.
  • Systems thinking: Manage complex, unpredictable situations that require alternative solution models across sectors – both nationally and internationally.
  • Collective action: Understand how to lead and collaborate efficiently with different stakeholders for a desired outcome.


Updated 5/15/2024