Sustainability Strategies and Systems Thinking for Complex Challenges


Sustainability Strategies and Systems Thinking for Complex Challenges

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Sustainability Strategies and Systems Thinking for Complex Challenges

This course will be taught in English


*If you are in Colombia $3.700.000 COP

*If you are abroad USD 1.030

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Schedule: monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. 

*The schedules and modality (virtual or blended) of the courses are subject to modifications according to the provisions of the National and District Government for the management of COVID 19. The dates and times of the sessions can be consulted at

This course explores grand challenges and sustainability strategies from a systems thinking perspective. The course will examine complex and pressing environmental and social challenges including ocean and land pollution, climate change and inequality and others to develop a systems thinking approach and explore response strategies for business. Students have the opportunity to experience the difficulties and opportunities that grand challenges can present. Beginning by situating environmental and social issues within the SDG framework and then unpacking selected challenges, their many stakeholders and their complexity, the first sessions offer insights into systems thinking. The course then moves on to map the materiality of issues to more specific sectors and businesses. The final section of the course identifies opportunities and business strategies including product, service and business model innovations, cross-sector partnerships and other aspects of systemic change. Throughout the learning journey opportunities for personal and professional reflection on grand challenges will be included. The course is recommended for those facing the complexity of dealing with grand challenges in their businesses and those who want to rethink the idea of “business as usual” from a sustainability perspective.

Requirements: An interest in learning about the impacts of grand challenges on businesses and vice versa. No prior expertise on the topic is necessary.

Este curso hace parte del portafolio de materias de pregrado y posgrado de la Universidad  abiertas a todo público.

Al participar en este curso podrás vivir la experiencia Uniandina, acceder a contenidos de calidad, tomar  clases con estudiantes regulares, acceder al sistema de bibliotecas de Uniandes y participar en las actividades culturales que esta Universidad te ofrece.


Jennifer Goodman

Jennifer Goodman is Associate Professor of CSR in the Department of Business and Society at Audencia Business School. Her research and teaching interests lie broadly in the relationship between business, government and society, sustainability and CSR. She has a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School in Spain, where she formed part of ESADE’s Institute for Social Innovation, and spent time as a visiting researcher on the Responsible Investing Initiative at Carleton University, Canada. At Aalto University School of Business in Finland, she contributed to the large European project EU-InnovatE: Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0. Before embarking on her PhD, Jennifer worked as a researcher and financial analyst and managed professional language training courses.


Eventualmente la Universidad puede verse obligada, por causas de fuerza mayor a cambiar sus profesores o cancelar el programa. En este caso el participante podrá optar por la devolución de su dinero o reinvertirlo en otro curso de Educación Continua que se ofrezca en ese momento, asumiendo la diferencia si la hubiere.

La apertura y desarrollo del programa estará sujeto al número de inscritos. El Departamento/Facultad (Unidad académica que ofrece el curso) de la Universidad de los Andes se reserva el derecho de admisión dependiendo del perfil académico de los aspirantes.