Sustainable Enterprise Development, Bachelor programme, 180 credits
Sustainable Enterprise Development, kandidatprogrammet, 180 högskolepoäng
Programme Code: JGSE6
Confirmed by: Dean 2016-02-19
Revised by: Council for Undergraduate and Masters Education 2022-06-14
Version: 9
Programmestart: Autumn 2023
Education Cycle: First-cycle level

Title of qualification

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration.

Programme overview

Programme aims
In today’s world, the escalating focus of global institutions on sustainable development goals and grand challenges – including climate change, clean water and energy, equality, and reduction of poverty – puts pressure on all sorts of organizations. Enterprises must review and transform their operations in a way that allows them to operate in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner, while also maintaining their competitive strengths.
Against this backdrop – and to accommodate both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations – the Sustainable Enterprise Development programme has been developed to educate students who are interested in leading change processes with a particular emphasis on sustainability. Programme content is designed to foster creativity and an entrepreneurial mind-set, so that graduates are able to launch and manage new initiatives – as well as renew existing practices.
The programme offers a degree in Business Administration, with a specific emphasis on renewal and an orientation towards sustainable management. The programme is taught completely in English and targets a highly international audience. Students are expected to spend one semester abroad and to develop a personal portfolio that documents and highlights their personal development during the programme.


First level education shall essentially build on the knowledge students acquire in national or specially designed programmes at upper secondary school or corresponding knowledge.
First level education shall develop the student's:In the educational field concerned, in addition to knowledge and skills, students shall develop ability to:Programme specific learning goals
Knowledge and Understanding
Graduates of the programme will have general knowledge and understanding of business and economic principles, and specialised knowledge and understanding of the management of change and innovation – with a particular emphasis on sustainability. More specifically, they will:Skills and Abilities
Graduates of the programme will have acquired the skills and abilities required to engage in effective change initiation and/or management, with a particular emphasis on managing the change and innovation necessary for enterprises to engage in operations that are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable. More specifically, they will:
Judgement and Approach
Graduates of the programme will display the ability to make informed assessments of sustainability-related challenges, and also the attitudinal and behavioural emphases necessary to engage in effective change management and life-long learning. More specifically, they will:Mission driven goals
Graduates of the programme will be equipped to contribute to the advancement of business practice in a global environment, with particular emphasis on aspects of Ownership, and/or Entreprenurship and/or Renewal. Corresponding Objectives:
Graduates of the programme will be able to:The above is in accordance to the intended learning outcomes for a three-year Bachelor’s degree set by the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and JIBS mission.


First semester
The programme begins with the course Entrepreneurship, a course that introduces the student to entrepreneurship and its role in society. The course focuses on entrepreneurship actor(s) and their endeavor in the process of starting and running a venture. More specifically, entrepreneurship centers around four different and equally important areas: (1) Entrepreneurial mindset, (2) Entrepreneurial opportunity, (3) Entrepreneurial action, and (4) Entrepreneurship in Context. The course also immediately involves students in one of the key areas of focus at JIBS, entrepreneurship. In parallel, the course Foundations of Marketing introduces the student to the core components of marketing and the components of marketing strategy. This includes the marketing management process, marketing as a cross-functional process, the need for and use of information in marketing, marketing in theory and practice in the light of business ethics, growth and renewal.
The course Basic Financial Accounting helps students attain a broad understanding of the accounting cycle and concepts that comply with the International Accounting Standard Board. Students also gain first-hand experience of basic bookkeeping and rudimentary financial analysis. In parallel, the course Microeconomic Principles focuses on core principles in microeconomics; including microeconomic issues of decision and choice, production and trade of goods and services, market equilibrium, economic welfare and efficiency. The course also develops students’ abilities with regards to the math skills needed for many of the economics and statistics courses associated with an undergraduate degree in business administration.

Second semester
In the second semester, the course The Sustainable Enterprise - Social and Ecological Perspectives introduces students to the important concepts in the fields of social and ecological sustainability, and sustainable development. Particular attention is paid to the regulatory and voluntary frameworks that enterprises are expected to relate to, in connection with these themes – at both a local, regional and international level. The course runs throughout the semester and in parallel students take the courses Macroeconomic Principles and Development Economics. The former course helps students understand economic theory at an aggregate level and discusses the interaction between macroeconomic variables such as growth, inflation and unemployment – as well as the instruments used by institutions to influence these.

Third semester
In their third semester, students take Business Statistics 1. This course provides students a basic understanding for the subject and abilities to perform and interpret basic quantitative research. The students are trained to use a variety of statistical measures and models for generating, analyzing and interpreting material from studies of organizations that operate in national as well as international contexts. Students take one course that develops their knowledge of how enterprises engage strategically with issues related to innovation, design and change. Building on this knowledge, the Design and Management of Change and Innovation course equips students to integrate different perspectives of corporate strategy, with issues of sustainability. In particular, this course discusses how design principles and processes can be used to develop
sustainable products and services. In parallel the courses Organizational Theory for Profit and Purpose and Accounting for Sustainability are offered, which provides foundations in two important dimensions of Business Administration, namely organization and finance.

Fourth semester
The fourth semester consists of elective courses, giving students the opportunity to build a custom-made profile with respect to choice of university as well as course package. The Sustainable Enterprise Development (SED) programme encourages students to spend this semester abroad, and to choose courses that they are particularly interested in and that enhance their degree. During this semester, students are recommended to studying courses within the fields of business administration, economics, topics clearly related to sustainability, statistics, economic geography, commercial law and language. Students who study abroad choose courses at partner universities in coordination with faculty at JIBS and the accreditation of these courses is performed by JIBS staff. During the elective semester students are required to take the equivalent of 7.5 hp/ECTS in Economics. Students who do not travel abroad have the opportunity to study elective courses at JIBS during this period and are subject to the same limitations, with regards to the types and level of courses they may study. A package of default courses is suggested.

Fifth semester
The course Applied Management of Change and Innovation for Sustainability builds on previous courses and offers students a chance to practically deal with identified challenges related to sustainable enterprise development. The course offers progression for students related to concepts and practical tools for developing solutions. The second half of the semester is spent on the courses Research methods, Design, Implementation and Analysis and Economics for a Sustainable Society. The former enhances the student’s ability to perform empirical work and prepares them for their thesis work in the final semester. The parallel introduces an economics perspective on sustainable development, complementing the previous courses in the programme.
A particular characteristic of the SED programme is the Professional Practice and Personal Development Portfolio course, which runs during several semesters of the programme. It is designed to develop students’ insights and abilities related to entrepreneurial activity and to encourage them to learn from their initiatives. This course is also finalized during the fifth semester.

Sixth semester
During the last semester of the programme students are required to write a 15 credit thesis in business administration, under the supervision of an academic who is knowledgeable in the area that their thesis focuses on. The thesis provides students with the opportunity to engage in more detailed study of a phenomenon related to change management, innovation and sustainability. Parallel to the thesis course, students first take the Supply Chain Management, a course that provides students with essential understanding in the area of supply chain management. It covers basic topics such as the production systems, aspects of tied-up capital, production philosophy, information flow, material flow, partnerships, networks, process-orientation and logistics. Finally, the course Governance for Sustainability and Responsible Ownership is offered; introducing students to the impact of different types of ownership and governance structures on organizational development, as well as the nature and role of management systems.


Mandatory courses

Course Name Credits Main field of study Specialised in Course Code
Applied Management of Change and Innovation for Sustainability 7.5 Business Administration G2F JAMN28
Bachelor Thesis in Business Administration 15 Business Administration G2E JBTP17
Basic Financial Accounting 7.5 Business Administration G1N ACBG13
Business Statistics 1 7.5 Statistics G1N FSFG13
Design and Management of Change and Innovation 7.5 Business Administration G1F JDCK17
Development Economics 7.5 Economics G1F JDEK17
Economics for a Sustainable Society 7.5 Economics G2F JESN10
Entrepreneurship 7.5 Business Administration G1N JESG10
Finance and Accounting for Sustainability 7.5 Business Administration G2F JFAN17
Foundations of Marketing 7.5 Business Administration G1N JFGG11
Governance for Sustainability and Responsible Ownership 7.5 Business Administration G2F JGSN18
Macroeconomic Principles 7.5 Economics G1N JMPG14
Microeconomic Principles 7.5 Economics G1N JMIG12
Organizational Theory for Profit and Purpose 7.5 Business Administration G1F JOTK10
Professional Practice and Personal Development Portfolio 7.5 Business Administration G1N JPPG17
Research Methods: Design, Implementation and Analysis 7.5 Business Administration G1F JRMK14
Supply Chain Management 7.5 Business Administration G1F MLCK13
The Sustainable Enterprise - Social and Ecological Perspectives 15 Business Administration G1F JSEK17

Elective courses

Course Name Credits Main field of study Specialised in Course Code
International Marketing Law and Consumer Protection 1 7.5 Commercial Law G1N JIMG14
Marketing Communication 1 7.5 Business Administration G1F JMCK18
Project Management 1 7.5 Business Administration G2F MGIN13
Sustainable Venture Development Across Borders 1 7.5 Business Administration G2F JSVN17

Elective credits

Although student participation in internships is strongly encouraged, JIBS does not usually take responsibility for arranging internships and it is therefore up to the student to make any necessary arrangements.

Programme overview

Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Entrepreneurship, 7.5 credits Basic Financial Accounting, 7.5 credits Macroeconomic Principles, 7.5 credits Development Economics, 7.5 credits
Foundations of Marketing, 7.5 credits Microeconomic Principles, 7.5 credits The Sustainable Enterprise - Social and Ecological Perspectives, 15 credits

Year 2
Semester 3 Semester 4
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Business Statistics 1, 7.5 credits Design and Management of Change and Innovation, 7.5 credits Optional credits, 30,00 credits
Organizational Theory for Profit and Purpose, 7.5 credits Finance and Accounting for Sustainability, 7.5 credits International Marketing Law and Consumer Protection 1, 7.5 credits Marketing Communication 1, 7.5 credits
   Project Management 1, 7.5 credits Sustainable Venture Development Across Borders 1, 7.5 credits

Year 3
Semester 5 Semester 6
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Applied Management of Change and Innovation for Sustainability, 7.5 credits Economics for a Sustainable Society, 7.5 credits Supply Chain Management, 7.5 credits Governance for Sustainability and Responsible Ownership, 7.5 credits
Professional Practice and Personal Development Portfolio, 7.5 credits Research Methods: Design, Implementation and Analysis, 7.5 credits Bachelor Thesis in Business Administration, 15 credits

Teaching and examination

To pass a course, the student needs to fulfill all the course requirements. Examination will be executed by written exam, oral exam or term papers. Different methods of examination can be used within a single course. The student will be offered examination opportunities in accordance with document: Regulations and Guidelines for first, second and third cycle education at Jönköping University. Mandatory workshops and assignments can figure within the frame of the course.
All courses offered by JIBS will be graded according to the following six levels: A-E constitutes a pass and FX or F is equal to a fail. The grades Pass or Fail can also be used for selected examinations.


General entry requirements and English 6, Mathematics 3b or 3c, Civics 1b or 1a1+1a2 and required grade Passed or international equivalent.

Continuation Requirements

To be eligible for study abroad, the student should, at the time of the study abroad application, have completed at least 50 percent of the programme course credits scheduled prior to the proposed period of study abroad.
The following requirements need to be met for students to proceed to the next academic year within the program: for academic years 2 and 3, within the program, the student may not fall behind by more than 30 credits.

Qualification Requirements

To obtain the Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration, the student shall complete the course requirements of at least 180 credits, where 90 credits constitute Business Administration, (of which 15 credits are constituted by the Bachelor thesis) and 30 credits in economics.

To be eligible for a Bachelor degree in the field of Business Administration at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) the student must successfully complete at least 6.0 credits within each of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Organisation.

To obtain the Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration, with a focus on Sustainable Enterprise Development, the student must complete: (1) the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Business and Economics (180 Credits), (2) all mandatory programme courses as listed in the above Contents section, or their equivalent, and (3) a Bachelor thesis in business administration (15 credits) that covers a topic with relevance for sustainable enterprise development.

Quality Development

Student involvement is seen as a priority for programme development at JIBS and there is a good cooperation between students, faculty, and Programme Directors. On the programme level student representatives for the programme are elected. The student representatives have regular meetings with the program manager, to discuss courses and the progress of the programme. Student representatives are also elected as spokespersons in each course, and share their overall impressions of the course – and the experiences of other students – with the course examiner. In addition, the programme manager, student representatives, JSA and faculty meet annually to discuss the entire program. At the course level, program developers and the course examiner meet shortly after the course has started. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the course is working well and to make minor changes, if necessary. At the end of each course, students are asked to participate in a course evaluation, which is followed up by programme developers, the course examiner and the programme director.

Other Information

Mandatory courses
Students are required to complete 90 credits in business administration and 30 credits in economics. Some of these credits may be taken on exchange, if courses are at the G1F/G2F level.

Elective courses
Semester 4 is elective, which implies that students have the option to take courses either at JIBS or through exchange studies. The courses presented here are the default courses students will take if not participating in exchange or actively selecting other courses. The default courses are subject to change.

Students who do not go on exchange can chose to do an internship as an elective course. JIBS does not take responsibility for arranging internships and it is up to the student to make necessary arrangements to meet the internship course syllabus.

Preparatory/foundation courses cannot be included/counted for the JIBS degree.