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This online course, Sustainable innovations in enterprises, introduces you to the importance of sustainable innovations, the role it plays in commercial and social enterprises and the importance to society.

It explores cases of sustainable innovations in specialist areas – arts and humanities; science, technology and engineering; health & social care. The course also evaluates three methods for measuring the societal impacts of sustainable innovations. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of cases where sustainable innovations drive success or failures in enterprises and how the positive impacts on society can be evaluated and sustained.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Define sustainable innovation
  • Analyse sustainable innovations within a specialist area
  • Evaluate and measure the impact of sustainable innovation
  • Engage with the social impact of sustainable innovation with confidence
  • Reflect on key learning and applications to professional practice.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Initial impressions and experiences 00:45:00
    • Definitions and types of innovation? 00:15:00
    • Six types of innovation 00:10:00
    • Personal development planning 00:20:00
    • The Big Five Model 00:25:00
    • Sustainable innovation in different specialisms 00:05:00
    • What are societal challenges? 00:20:00
    • Connecting societal challenges with sustainable innovation 00:15:00
    • Incorporating sustainability into an organisation 00:15:00
    • Developing next-practice sustainability strategy 00:20:00
    • Measuring the impact of sustainable innovation 00:10:00
    • What is social impact? 00:20:00
    • Approaches to measuring and evaluating social impact 00:10:00
    • The life cycle assessment (LCA) 00:15:00
    • Levi Strauss case study 00:15:00
    • The triple bottom line 00:15:00
    • Social performance scorecard 00:20:00
    • Your approach to sustainable innovation 00:05:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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