Sustainable Green Transitions - MBA module Business & Sustainable Transitions

In short

  • Breukelen
  • 1 September 2020
  • 3 x 2 days
  • 6-8 hours per week (excl. colleges)
  • Dutch
  • € 6,395 (VAT exempt)

Sustainable Green Transitions

Our world is changing all the time, and it seems that it is changing faster than ever. Society, climate, technology, economy, geopolitics, aging population, public health and eating habits are examples. Hardly anything in life is not changing. We like some, while others create fear and anxiety. Some we see coming, others arrive unexpectedly. In general, changes generate a feeling of insecurity: what to expect and how to react? Bigger, more significant changes are called transitions. For example the food economy, like other sectors in the economy, is facing major transitions. The world of more than 9 billion people in 2050 needs to be fed in a sustainable and responsible way, which means an increase in production of at least 60% is needed.

In the module Sustainable Green Transitions, we focus on four of these large, disruptive transitions;

  • Food transition, changing food and eating habits, and improving food production methods
  • Climate transition, complying with the Paris Agreement and limiting global warming means a considerable reduction of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions
  • Energy transition, increasing the production of renewable energy and replacing fossil resources
  • Digital transition, using opportunities coming from ICT, sensors, big data and data science

Transitions can be a threat to existing stable configurations facing persistent challenges, but also present an opportunity for more radical, systemic and accelerated change.

All organizations and companies will have to react on such transitions. The new underlying perspective is more than ever based on value creation, networking and sharing, open source, circularity and sustainability. Leading companies, large and small, appear to be able to initiate a fundamental change in their company and to grow towards new sustainable business models. In this process they mobilize their own organization as well as their market and environment.

What will you get out of it?

  • Insights into the impact of the following major transitions on business in general: food, climate, energy and digitization.
  • Relate this to the importance of food production, in particular in The Netherlands and the EU
  • Insights into the four challenges of the food transition: balanced and healthy nutrition, access to food, availability of food, and stability
  • Insights into other relevant transitions impacting the global food economy, such as climate, energy and digitalization
  • Being able to put the food chain into a broader perspective of global transitions, and be able to see the role of your own organization/company in this spectrum. Being able to see opportunities for your own organization/company and for yourself personally.
  • A proactive attitude and consciousness in regard to (continuous) awareness of major transitions and improvement in the food chain.
  • Improving communication skills and influencing skills (especially to be able to execute the participants’ improvement proposals).


    This module is part of the Modular Executive MBA program, track Business & Sustainable Transitions. You can follow this module separately or follow several modules and complete the full MBA.

    • Content matching the participants' work practice
    • Developing by learning from each other
    • Modular program design

    What are you going to do?

    The Sustainable Green Transitions module deals with several transitions that challenge the world wide (food) business. 

    This module consists of 3 blocks of 2 days:

    • Food transition
    • Climate and Energy transition
    • Digitization and innovation

    Learning Goals

    • Gaining insight into the impact of the following major transitions on business in general: food, climate, energy and digitization.
    • Relate this to the importance of food production, in particular in The Netherlands and the EU
    • Gaining insight into the four challenges of the food transition: balanced and healthy nutrition, access to food, availability of food, and stability
    • Gaining insight into other relevant transitions impacting the global food economy, such as climate, energy and digitalization
    • Being able to put the food chain into a broader perspective of global transitions, and be able to see the role of your own organization/company in this spectrum. Being able to see opportunities for your own organization/company and for yourself personally.
    • Taking on a proactive attitude and consciousness in regard to (continuous) awareness of major transitions and improvement in the food chain.
    • Improving communication skills and influencing skills (especially to be able to execute the participants’ improvement proposals).

    Achieving the learning goals

    The final grade for the module Sustainable Green Transitions is determined by the final essay in which the participant has applied the theory to the business problem or opportunity that has been addressed in the beginning of the module.

    Create your own MBA

    We understand combining work, study and personal life can be quite a challenge. That is why we have developed a modular Executive MBA program. You create your own MBA and follow one or more modules or a complete MBA (containing a minimum of two specialization modules, six core modules, the international study trip and the MBA thesis).

    If you only want to do this module, we are happy to accommodate you too!

    Want to know more about the content of the module or our Modular Executive MBA program? Attend an experience session. For personalized advice please contact our program advisors via +31 346 291 001 or mmba@nyenrode.nl.

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    Download whitepaper

    Want to learn more about how the Modular Executive MBA contributes to the growth in the food industry? Download the selection of hot-topic papers from the Food & Innovation participants (in Dutch).

    Who gives the lectures?

    In order to optimize strategic decisions for your company, it is essential to learn more about the challenges in the global food economy. In this module, national and international guest speakers will offer their views on the rapidly changing agri-food chain and its environment.

    The speakers and experts included the topics*

    • Ruud Huirne – core teacher Nyenrode Business Universiteit
    • Adam Anders – Anterra Capita: The importance of innovation
    • Martin van Ittersum – Wageningen University: Sustainable Development Goals
    • Ed Nijpels – SER: Sustainability of food production
    • Harry Smit – FAR, Rabobank: Precision farming and food production
    • Joost Vat – BDO: Importance of farm succession
    • Koen Nouws Keij – Diverzio: Local-for-local as a concept
    • Ruud Tijssens – Agrifirm: Global sourcing
    • Barbara Baarsma – Rabobank: Regional and national drivers for economic growth
    • Kitty Koelemeijer – Nyenrode Business Universiteit: Economics of chain management
    • Ad Kroft – Dutch Digital Delta/NWO: Block chain applications in agrifood
    • Peter Korsten – IBM: The power of digital platform in agriculture
    • Jan Willem Grievink – FSIN and ConCeption: New trends in food retail and food service
    • Jan Willem Griep – Floriade Organization: Feeding the big cities – Floriade 2022

     

    Forum discussion with multi-national companies on Global Food Economy
    • Leo den Hartog, Nutreco
    • Bert Jansen, AVEBE
    • Pieternel Boogaard, ING

    Forum discussion with start-ups and scale-ups on the Global Food Economy
    • Willem Treep, cofounder Willem &Drees
    • Henri Hekman, Dutch Sprouts
    • Kees Aarts, Protix
    Forum discussion with governments and LTO on Global Food Economy
    • Marc Calon, LTO Nederland
    • Jan Huitema, EU Parliament Brussels
    • Jan-Jacob van Dijk, Province of Gelderland

     

    Topics by core teacher Ruud Huirne

    • Introduction Access to food
    • Principle-agent theory (basics from Milgrom and Roberts)
    • Introduction Balanced and healthy nutrition
    • Analysis of the ‘beer game’ (Senge)
    • Introduction Economic stability (including risk management)
    • Flexibility and entrepreneurship

    * changes may apply

    Admission and application

    To be eligible for the module Sustainable Green Transitions you need:

    • At least 5 years' work experience as (general) manager or in an influential/strategic position;
    • Proven minimum bachelor's level of work and/or education;
    • Affinity with the agrifood sector;
    • Sufficient knowledge of English.

    Experience session

    If you are interested in this module, please join us for an experience session. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the course content and attend a trial lecture. You will also meet current and past participants so you have the opportunity to find out how they combined our program with busy jobs and social lives.

    You can also contact us at any time for a personal consultation; we are happy to advise you and answer any questions you may have.

    Schedule

    Block 1:
    1 September 2020 - 09:00-22:00 incl. dinner
    2 September 2020 - 09:00-17:00

    Block 2:
    8 October 2020 - 09:00-22:00 incl. dinner
    9 October 2020 - 09:00-17:00

    Block 3:
    17 November 2020 - 09:00-22:00 incl. dinner
    18 November 2020 - 09:00-17:00 

    Apply now

    Have you become excited about Nyenrode's module Sustainable Green Transitions? Apply now.

    After your application has been received, we will send you an email outlining what we need to complete your registration.

    What are the costs?

    Your investment for this module is € 6,395. This amount is exempt from VAT and includes access to all of Nyenrode's physical and virtual student facilities as well as food and drink on course days. Hotel accommodations are not included in the price and can be booked separately.

    Financing

    The costs of this module are tax deductible.

    All amounts and terms are indicative (excluding additional costs, unless otherwise stated) and subject to periodic changes.

    Contact

    Download whitepaper

    Want to learn more about how the Modular Executive MBA contributes to the growth in the food industry? Download the selection of hot-topic papers from the Food & Innovation participants (in Dutch).