Executive Education Master English

Master in Sustainable Leadership

    Salla Laasonen, Camilla Engellshardt and Jackie Stenson

    Driving Sustainable Change

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership will enable you to drive the sustainability agenda in your organization. It will equip you with the leadership skills, confidence, and mindset to understand and navigate the complexities around sustainability, as well as the tools to design, execute, and lead others in implementing sustainability solutions.

    The programme will enable you to:

    • Create an understanding of the motivation and mindset needed to lead change
    • Analyse and understand complex sustainability challenges and problem interconnectivity
    • Lead the design of sustainability solutions
    • Execute and lead others in the implementation of sustainability solutions

    This Master is a collaboration between DTU Learn for Life and Lederne.

    Why take a Master in Sustainable Leadership?

    Solving sustainable change is complex and full of trade-offs. There is a pressing need for future leaders to have an embedded sustainability mindset to be able to solve complex sustainability challenges.
    The Master in Sustainable Leadership is a journey of personal and professional transformation. You are investing in both your and your company’s ability to drive sustainability solutions, as well as your own inner development skills to leverage this knowledge, lead others, and bring about positive change.

    The programme’s main learning goals are:

    You will do this in a highly valuable knowledge-sharing network through your classmates, faculty, immersive learning partners, and the DTU Executive Education alumni association.

    Personalized for your career and work challenges

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership follows an ‘Immersive Learning’ approach, throughout the programme. This means that all your assignments and cases are focused not only on enhancing your knowledge but also on having a direct and positive impact on a real-world challenge. And can, in a large part, be implemented in your daily work life from day one.

    Immersive Learning in Each Course

    Each course is grounded in real-world challenges, meaning you will learn academic content in a practical context. This can take several forms, including:

    • Simulations of sustainability challenges within real companies or contexts
    • Sessions in a non-classroom environment
    • Projects within your own company
    • Projects with a partner organization
    • Study trips to local, Nordic, or global partners

    Immersive Learning Project

    You will work on an Immersive Learning Project which corresponds to a master’s thesis. Unlike traditional degree programmes which typically include a thesis project in the end, you will work on your project throughout the entire duration of the programme. Every course links to the next step that you will take in your Immersive Learning Project, which will be a sustainability-related project preferably within your host organization. The aim is for your project to be successfully implemented within your organization by the end of the programme, so that you are already creating tangible impact.

    Personal Leadership Development

    As you move through courses and the Immersive Learning Project, you will develop your personal leadership capacity through a Personal Leadership Development plan. This includes intentionally practicing skills, such as facilitation and coaching, as part of each course. It also includes identifying when you are or can be using leading tools in your daily work and life, so that your skill development is immersed in your everyday.

    Programme structure

    Our curriculum gives you a solid foundation of practical business skills and experience combined with applying knowledge in the real world. Teaching formats include case discussions, immersive team simulations, introspective exercises and feedback, real-world projects and group assignments, and study tours.

    The programme is divided into four semesters and begins at the end of August each year. The next class starts in August 2023.

    * We are constantly striving to improve the Master in Sustainable Leadership programme and its contents to offer you the newest and most relevant research, knowledge and experiences in rapidly changing markets. Please note that the programme may be subject to change and can be updated continuously.

    Class profile

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership is designed for leaders and future leaders who wants to be at the forefront of sustainable solutions. This includes:

    • Early career executives in private, public, and non-profit sectors alike, determined to solve sustainability challenges in their organizations
    • Technology driven entrepreneurs seeking to strengthen their understanding of complex problem solving and operationalizing sustainability
    • Intrapreneurs aspiring to lead sustainability transition within their organizations
    • Leaders aspiring to gain a holistic and multidisciplinary understanding of sustainability in global business

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership aims for a diverse group of participants across sector (private, public, nonprofit), industry, size of organization, and demographics (cultural background, age, and gender). As sustainability is multidisciplinary and complex in nature, it is essential that leaders know how to lead in different societal and cultural contexts, with people from various backgrounds.

    Blending knowledge and practice

    In order to achieve this innovative goal, the Master in Sustainable Leadership is bringing together a multi-disciplinary learning ecosystem led by two internationally experienced sustainability experts in their own fields, who have joined forces to create an entirely new programme format: Academic Director Dr. Salla Laasonen and Director of Practice Jackie Stenson.

    The aim of the new programme is to deliver not only science-based high quality education, but also tangible societal impact. That is what makes the new programme innovative in its design, as it builds on two equally strong pillars: academic excellence and impact.

    Lifelong network within a professional community

    Working together intensively over 21 months creates safe and trusting relationships. You will be part of a network of inspiring classmates with whom you speak the same language, know well from having lived challenging times, and trust to help you with honest opinions and contacts.

    The participants will automatically be members of the Alumni Association when they start the Master in Sustainable Leadership programme. The purpose of joining the association is to maintain and expand the close personal relationships established during the course of the programme. This also enlarges each participant’s professional network because it unites members of all classes through course-related activities and discussions on the association’s online platform and LinkedIn group. The alumni association offers year-round events and activities to foster lifelong learning in the areas of leadership, innovation, technology and sustainability, and connection between alumni and external experts.

    Admission, practicalities, and finance

    Next class starts: 
    The inaugural class of the Master in Sustainable Leadership starts in August 2023.

    Admissions:

    The academic requirement for joining the DTU Master in Sustainable Leadership programme is that you must have the scope to lead, implement, and/or execute sustainability within your organization, and either experience in sustainability, experience in leadership, or both. You must also have a bachelor or professional bachelor degree in any natural or social science discipline, as well as three to five years of experience. It may be possible to meet some requirements through an individual competency assessment. The admission process typically starts with an informal discussion of the programme, and the candidate’s needs and constraints. Once the candidate submits the application, an admission interview is scheduled with the Programme Directors.

    Fee: 
    The tuition fee for Master in Sustainable Leadership is DKK 190,000 excl. VAT.

    The fee includes live cases, networking events and catering, and all materials. Travel costs for study trips are not included. The cost of the programme can be covered by you, your company, or you can arrange to split the cost between both parties. Substantial cost savings can be gained by applying for the Gross Income Tax Credit (bruttolønsordning). For further information, please go to SKAT.dk.

    The state subsidy for part-time education is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. DTU reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participant payment.

    Do you have questions or do you wish to register for the programme? Please send an e-mail to the Programme Directors Salla Laasonen, salaa@dtu.dk or Jackie Stenson, jevst@dtu.dk

    Our Learning Ecosystem

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership is built on a multi-disciplinary learning ecosystem of partners who will collaborate on cases and projects, contribute to cutting-edge knowledge, teach courses, and enable participants to practice their skills in a real-world environment.

    These partners represent a variety of stakeholders involved in sustainability solutions, including universities, international organizations, corporations, social organizations, regional and national associations, ecosystem hubs, think-tanks and thought leaders.

    Each course is taught by a professor from DTU or a visiting faculty member from one of the world’s leading universities, institutions, or industries. We have several exciting partnerships in our learning ecosystem that we look forward to announcing in the near future

    Steering Group and Programme Directors

    The Steering Group for the Master in Sustainable Leadership currently consists of members from DTU and Lederne who are both designing the programme’s content and will be teaching faculty on the program.

    Programme Modules and Courses

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership is a 21 month, part-time programme, and grants the qualification of Master in Sustainable Leadership (60 ECTS). The structure of the programme consists of three modules, all consisting of three 5 ECTS courses. These three modules focus on the following thematic entities:

    1. Why: What is the underlying motivation and global need for sustainability transformation and leadership?
    2. How: How can organizations align towards sustainability transformation?
    3. Execute: How can you execute sustainability strategy in organizations?

    Alongside these modules, the participants engage in an Immersive Learning Project (15 ECTS), which corresponds to a master’s thesis.

    MODULE 1 – WHY

    What is the underlying motivation and global need for sustainability transformation and leadership?

    Course 1: Philosophical Foundations of Sustainable Leadership

    The first course of the semester focuses on the question:
    “What impact do I want to create – for my company and myself?”

    Learning goal course 1:
    To build a common understanding of sustainable leadership and your personal vision within sustainability.

    Key topics of the course:

    • Sustainability definitions, concepts and interlinkages
    • Global sustainability trends and pressures
    • Systems thinking and planetary boundaries
    • Leadership frameworks and techniques
    • Team building and profiling
    • Psychological safety and safe spaces.

    Course 2: Leadership in Sustainability Strategy

    The second course of the semester focuses on the question:
    “How can I align my approach towards creating impact?”

    Learning goal course 2:
    To analyse the drivers and challenges facing strategic level sustainability commitments

    • Key topics of the course:
    • Sustainability strategy and value creation
    • Sustainability maturity
    • Key strategic drivers, including ESG, EU taxonomy, Scope 1/2/3, lifecycle thinking
    • Sustainability goal setting and road mapping
    • Risk and resilience
    • Stakeholder motivations and incentive alignment.

    Course 3: Complex Problem Framing across Value Chains

    The third course of the semester focuses on the question:
    “Where do I start?”

    Learning goal course 3:
    To identify opportunities and challenges within value chains and frame complex sustainability challenges

    Key topics of course 3:

    • Sustainable development problem framing
    • Root cause analysis within sustainability
    • Sustainability and ESG within systems thinking
    • Value chain forms and value networks
    • Opportunities and challenges within value chains
    • Facilitation of complex, non-linear processes.

    MODULE 2 – HOW

    How can organizations align towards sustainability transformation?

    In the HOW module, we will explore how various organizational forms, internal structures, and business models can support the design and implementation of sustainability solutions. We will also focus on innovation for radical business change, as well as entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindsets and approaches to driving this change.


    Course 4: Sustainability-Oriented Organizations

    The first course of the HOW module focuses on the question:
    “What can my organization look like in order to drive change?”

    Learning goal course 4:
    To harness your personal role in the forms that sustainability can take within organizations.

    Key topics of the course: 

    • Strategic, tactical and operational levers for sustainability
    • Voluntary codes/standards, certifications, and labelling
    • EU taxonomy for organizational connection to sustainability
    • Collaborative governance and partnership models
    • Organizational culture
    • Stakeholder engagement and multi-stakeholder initiatives

    Course 5: Business Models for Sustainability


    The second course of the HOW module focuses on the question:
    “How can I do good and do well at the same time?“ 

    Learning goal course 5:
    To turn sustainability into a business model opportunity.

    Key topics of the course: 

    • Global business models for sustainability and inclusive business
    • Circularity in business models
    • Creating shared value
    • Trade-off management and aligning incentives
    • Mindset and values for radical business model change
    • Personal change agency, resilience, adaptive capacity

    Course 6: Sustainability-Driven Innovation

    The third course of the HOW module focuses on the question:
    “How can I design a sustainability solution for widespread impact?” 

    Learning goal course 6:
    To create innovative sustainability solutions that can be widely adopted.

    Key topics of the course: 

    • Human-centered design, design thinking and inclusive innovation for solution identification and validation
    • Innovation in resource constrained environments
    • Co-creation and stakeholder and community engagement
    • Intrapreneurship business model innovations, and mindset of social intrapreneurs
    • Entrepreneurship business model innovations, and mindset of social entrepreneurs
    • Designing for radical business model change

    MODULE 3 – Execute

    How can you execute sustainability strategy in organizations?

    In the EXECUTE module, we will turn sustainability data and reporting into decision-making tools as well as communication and stakeholder engagement tools. We will also focus on change management processes, and analyze all the leadership techniques practiced throughout the programme to create your individualized sustainable leadership plans.

    Course 7: Data-Based Decision Making

    The first course of the EXECUTE module focuses on the question:
    How can I navigate and leverage sustainability data?

    Learning goal course 7:
    To build, interpret, and leverage sustainability data for strategic decision making.

    Key topics of the course: 

    • Types of data, data measurement, and quantitative sustainability assessments
    • Uses of sustainability data
    • ESG and EU taxonomy for reporting and compliance
    • Introduction to and interpretation of LCA models and lifecycle screening
    • Impact measurement models (output / outcome / theory of change)
    • How to engage and challenge existing systems

    Course 8: Communicating Sustainability

    The second course of the EXECUTE module focuses on the question:
    “How do I get others on my team?”

    Learning goal course 8:
    To translate sustainability solutions to a wider audience and build the capacity to be a sustainability thought leader.

    Key topics of the course: 

    • Types of reporting, including ESG, Scope 1/2/3, Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, integrated reporting
    • Communicating ESG
    • Communicating data outputs
    • Types of communication, including pitching and storytelling
    • Stakeholder management and aligning incentives

    Course 9: Leading Change for Sustainability

    The third course of the EXECUTE module focuses on the question:
    “How can I be a sustainable leader?”

    Learning goal course 9:
    To empower others to realize and execute sustainable change.

    Key topics of the course:

    • Transition and change management
    • Aligning incentives for behavior change
    • Uses of leadership tools and methods, including analysis of methods practiced throughout the programme
    • Leading up, down, and across

    Each module is taught by a professor from DTU, a visiting faculty member from one of the world’s leading business schools or from the industry.

    DTU Master in Sustainable Leadership Faculty

    Collaboration with B Corps in the Nordics

    The Nordic B Corp movement will be an integral part of the master’s program in sustainable leadership. The participants in the master’s programme will have the opportunity to work with the certified B Corps through case workshops, guest lectures, and company visits.

    The B Corp movement is an international network of companies working to build a more inclusive, equitable and regenerable economy. All companies in B Corp are certified to meet high standards of social and environmental impact by B Lab, a nonprofit organization that develops the standards for corporate responsibility, transparency and legal frameworks for social as well as environmental impacts.

    The founder and Executive Director of the Nordic B Corp Movement, Nille Skalts, has over 20 years of experience in facilitating strategic transformations. Her ambition is to enable societal transition towards market driven regeneration by challenging the assumptions of our current unsustainable economic structures and building business models that factor in ecosystem regeneration. Participants of the Master in Sustainable Leadership will have the unique opportunity to engage with Nille and Nordic B Corps on these fundamental challenges, and explore in practice what radical transformations need to take place in order to bring about positive societal impact.

    Upcoming Events

    Committing to a 21-month programme alongside your work, albeit part-time, is a big decision. In order to get acquainted with the programme, we invite you to attend our broad variety of events, including masterclasses, information meetings, and webinars.

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    Event teaser

    11 08 2022 15:00-16:00

    Webinar

    How to become a B Corp?
    A conversation with B Corp in the Nordics and Lakrids by Bülow

    Get insights on how to become a part of the B Corp movement, when Nille Skalts, Founder & Executive Director of the Nordic B Corp Movement talks with famous Danish liquorice producer Lakrids by Bülow, who are in the process of being a certified B Corp.

    27 April 2022 16:30-17:30

    Webinar

    Info session about Master in Sustainable Leadership

    Join us for an introduction to the new Master in Sustainable Leadership. Get an overview of the programme content and structure, meet the programme directors, and get answers to your questions.

    Board Education

    29 April 2022 08:30-17:30

    Sustainability Event

    Inner Development Goals Summit 2022

    How can developing our inner capabilities, qualities and skills accelerate achieving the UN’s
    17 Sustainable Development Goals? Come learn about the Inner Development Goals, get inspired, and connect with Danish initiatives on inner development for the SDGs!

    10 May 2022 16:30-17:30

    Webinar

    Info session about Master in Sustainable Leadership

    Join us for an introduction to the new Master in Sustainable Leadership. Get an overview of the programme content and structure, meet the programme directors, and get answers to your questions.

    Board Education

    11 May 2022 09:30-15:30

    Food & Bio Cluster Event

    Roundtable | Climate Footprint
    on Food, Ingredients and drinks

    Do you want to gain deeper insight into carbon footprint calculations? Join us for a roundtable discussion where Master in Sustainability’s Director of Practice Jackie Stenson, Sustainability Engagement Manager Anna Åhnberg & Sustainability LCA Specialist Vasiliki Takou from Oatly will take the participants through useful tools for sustainability leadership.

    Sustainable farming

    19 May 2022 17:00-20:00

    Master Class

    Ethical AI

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    Ethical AI Master Class

    1 June 2022 15:30-16:30

    Webinar

    Info session about Master in Sustainable Leadership

    Join us for an introduction to the new Master in Sustainable Leadership. Get an overview of the programme content and structure, meet the programme directors, and get answers to your questions.

    Board Education

    11 August 2022 15:00-16:00

    Webinar

    Info session about Master in Sustainable Leadership

    Join us for an introduction to the new Master in Sustainable Leadership. Get an overview of the programme content and structure, meet the programme directors, and get answers to your questions.

    Board Education

    Check back soon!

    The events programme for the new year will be announced shortly.

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    MASTER IN SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS

    Your application consists of the following four parts. These parts give us an opportunity to evaluate your overall fit into the overall outcome and demands of the programme.

    1. The formal application
      This is a simple form with some basic information about you, your current organization, and your experience.
    2. Your updated CV
      We would like to see your sustainability and leadership experience and the journey that you have taken in your career thus far.
    3. Transcripts or copies of completed degrees
      Please share copies of your previously completed degree or educations.
    4. A motivational letter of maximum 3 pages
      This is your space to tell us about yourself and your motivations. Please include:
      a. A bit about yourself, including who you are when you are not at work;
      b. More details about your current role, and in particular your scope to lead, implement, and/or execute sustainability within your organization;
      c. Your current connection to both sustainability and leadership; and
      d. Your envisioned ideal future within sustainability and leadership, including desired personal development areas.

    Once you submit the full application package, the Programme Directors will reach out to schedule an admissions interview prior to making an admissions decision.
    Applications are received and processed during the entire year and on a first come, first served basis Please submit your application by email to Programme Directors Salla Laasonen (salaa@dtu.dk) and Jackie Stenson (jevst@dtu.dk).

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    In the media

    Find our recent apparitions in the Danish media.

    Sustainable Leadership is a matter of survival – Finans.dk

    In this opinion piece in Finans.dk Director of Practice Jackie Stenson and Lederne’s Camilla Engelshardt talk about how sustainable leadership is the precondition for future competitive business across industries.

    DTU and Lederne acknowledged in Denmark and abroad: to help leaders with the biggest challenge of our times

    In this article in CSR.dk, DTU and Lederne talks about the newly received academic accreditation from the ministry.

    MSL in the media

    DTU receives accreditation for the new Master in Sustainable Leadership

    In this article in Klimamonitor, DTU and Lederne talks about the newly received academic accreditation from the ministry.

    MSL in the media

    Interview in Børsen

    “Leaders need to be far more courageous in their work on sustainability” – Interview with co-director of the program, Salla Laasonen, on the great need for sustainable approaches to leadership.

    MSL in the media

    Press release Ministry of Higher Education and Science

    The Master in Sustainable Leadership receives accreditation from the ministry.

    MSL in the media

    Sjællandske Nyheder on the new master

    DTU Learn for Life, and Lederne have co-created a new executive master’s programme in sustainable leadership. The Master in Sustainable Leadership is scheduled to be launched in August 2022.

    Tech Management brings story of the new master

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    Sustainreport.dk on the sustainability-jungle

    Research and business development go hand in hand in a new master’s programme in Sustainable Leadership at DTU.

    Sustainable Leadership in Finans.dk

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    Sustainable Leadership in CLEANTECHWATCH

    Leaders are missing knowledge and tools to lead with a sustainable mindset. DTU Learn for Life and Lederne aim to equip future leaders with a skillset that enable them to understand and operationalize sustainability.

    Interview in sciencereport.dk

    Interview with co-founder of the program, Karsten Uldal, COO at DTU Learn for Life and Academic Director, Salla Laasonen on the great need for sustainable approaches to leadership.

    Registration

    Format

    Part-time

    Location

    Lyngby Campus

    Start August 2023
    Price

    190.000,00 kr.

    Registration