Social and environmental aspects of a business are becoming increasingly important and our Bachelor of Arts in Business & Sustainability Management program in Montreux provides students with the necessary skillset to pursue a career in this area.  

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Sustainability is quickly becoming an essential element of businesses across the globe and our degree in business & sustainability management prepares students for organizing aspects of a company's environmental, social and financial well-being.  

 

Students will learn:  

 

  1. How to ensure a company runs efficiently while maintaining economic viability 

  1. The best sustainability practices of both leading non-profit and for-profit organizations 

  1. An understand of the green business initiatives throughout the world  

Program Duration
3years
Credits
210 Ects
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, February, June, August
You can do it in
Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED

At EU students have the unique option to earn two degrees by studying an extra semester.

 

Option 1: Single qualification

 

Students completing the EU Bachelor of Business & Sustainability Management program are awarded an EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited bachelor's degree.

 

  • Duration: Six semesters/three years (summer fast track option available)

  • Credits: 151 CH/210 ECTS

 

Option 2: Dual qualification on campus

 

While completing the EU bachelor’s program, you have the possibility to earn a second distinct qualification by completing one extra semester.

 

  • Duration: Seven semesters/three years (summer fast-track option available)

  • Credits: 172 CH/240 ECTS

 

Upon graduation from the dual qualification program students will receive an EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited bachelor's degree and a U.K. state-accredited Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business degree awarded by the University of Derby.

PROGRAM
First Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course explores the dynamic organizational environment in which businesses operate and provides students with an overview of functional areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management, operations management, as well as purchasing and supply management. Students develop an understanding of the theory underlying key management principles including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students are introduced to and use the case study method to critically examine business management practices.

  • Marketing involves understanding the marketing mix and making decisions about product, distribution, promotion and price. This course introduces students to the basic concepts, analyses and activities that comprise marketing management, including the study of the marketing environment framework, target market, market segmentation, marketing ethics and the marketing mix. Students analyze cases reflecting marketing successes and failures to acquire the fundamentals of marketing management.

  • This course provides students with theoretical and practical application of communication principles that relate to the production of written messages in the business world. The principles studied and applied in this course come from cases involving business letters, reports and memoranda. Emphasis is put on the production of effective messages which project the brand, achieve desired outcomes and generate positive working relationships.

  • The course is an introduction to the basic accounting theories and principles like: the accounting cycle; the recording and reporting of accounting data; adjusting entries; closing entries; subsidiary ledgers; and financial statements like the accounting for assets is covered in detail. The course also explores new accounting technologies and their use in the preparation of financial information.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • Computer literacy is fundamental to the learning process and a mandatory component for a successful career. This course helps students understand computer hardware, software and network systems. It focuses on the Microsoft Office suite and the use of the internet. Special emphasis is given to MS Excel, as it is an essential tool for other subjects taught during the programs.

  • Environmental sustainability means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Students examine the objectives and best sustainability practices of leading non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition, the course looks at “green” business initiatives throughout the world. Topics include carbon and water markets; green buildings; design; and sustainable management systems.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Second Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course is an introduction to ethical theory and how it is applied to business issues. Students use case studies to identify ethical issues, analyze them using learned principles and make recommendations to resolve them. The course also prepares students for the social responsibility challenges and opportunities they will face throughout their careers.

  • The fundamental skills for communicating within the workplace and on behalf of an organization are the basis upon which students develop the skills necessary to be effective business executives. These skills include listening, interviewing, speech evaluation, poise and confidence. Students learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages, and develop critical analysis skills in order to enhance their oral communication skills.

  • Key accounting concepts and analytical techniques are applied as students gain an in-depth understanding of concepts such as stockholders’ equity, retained earnings and cash flow. The course also examines different tools used in financial statement analysis as well as the basic concepts of budgeting and cost accounting systems used in management accounting.

  • Macroeconomics studies the larger picture and, as such, some of the most important issues that affect our daily lives - income, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, GDP and the business cycle. Students also investigate the role of economics in relation to government policy, international trade and the international monetary system.

  • This course introduces students to the main legal issues that entrepreneurs, organizations and business managers face when running an operation. Students learn about key concepts of business law through situational analysis and discussions on topics including statutory, common and case law. Topics such as setting up a company, trust or partnership, contracts, mercantile, tax, civil, agency and commercial law are covered. The relationship between ethics and the law is a common thread running through the course.

  • This course enables students to perform all the analyses required in day-to-day transactions involving value (time and/or money). Students learn to make business investment decisions in an objective manner. The course explores mathematical concepts and procedures required in financial management and analysis.

  • This course provides students with hands-on experience in the techniques related to the collection and use of statistical data and their evaluation and application in managerial situations. Subjects covered include means, distribution, dispersion and sampling. Keys to statistical inference are highlighted and the importance of random sampling is investigated.

  • This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and also develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, advertising brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency relationships.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Third Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Strategic marketing is the process of ensuring customer satisfaction through the integration of business functions and the continuous search for a sustainable competitive advantage. Students discuss where strategic marketing fits within the overall business plan. The course views strategic marketing from the customer and brand perspective and examines the concept of marketing strategy: targeting, achieving a sustainable competitive advantage and brand positioning.

  • This course introduces students to core financial areas and issues that provide a basis for more specific learning in other courses. Students are introduced to financial instruments and techniques used in financial decision making. Concepts such as asset valuation, financial health, future investment planning, risk and return are explored through case studies.

  • Effective human resources management is a key function in successful organizations. The course examines theories and explores the dynamic relationship between strategy, people, technology and the processes that drive organizations. Key topics include profiling; recruitment and development of staff; employment laws; motivation; job satisfaction; performance management; and fair compensation.

  • This course covers production and operational management, focusing on productivity analysis that contributes to improving business processes and creating a competitive edge. Inventory control systems, procurement, manufacturing and quality control systems are key issues examined and discussed.

  • This course explores the complexities of starting and developing a small business. Students examine the management skills necessary to succeed as independent business owners and learn how to assess personal strengths and weaknesses in order to form effective work teams. The course uses cases to explore key topics such as opportunity analysis, feasibility studies and start-up finance, as well as comparing entrepreneurial management with professional management.

  • This course looks at the foundations, technology and applications of management information systems (MIS) in today’s competitive business environment. Students identify the major management challenges to building and using information systems. Practical cases are used to examine, analyze and compare systems which serve the information needs of organizations.

  • E-business is an interdisciplinary topic encompassing both business and technology. The course is an introduction to this rapidly-changing mode of doing business. It examines commonly-used and emerging technologies, as well as discussing the organizational impacts and management implications of moving into e-business. A number of specific applications are reviewed through case studies.

  • Sustainable development analyzes the capacity of the planet, together with the social challenges faced by humanity, such as a growing world population, increasing consumption and declining availability of resources. This course explores both the current environmental context and the projections of human impact on our planet. It also provides the contextual background for the remainder of the specialist courses.

  • Sustainability aims to improve the longevity of the planet so as to ensure the long-term survival of humanity. Although still in the minority, organizations from many sectors are considering ways in which they can minimize their ecological footprint and contribute positively to sustainable development. This course explores how the challenges covered in BBS 211 are being tackled by the world community.

  • Seminars / Industrial Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Fourth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • All economies, regardless of their size, depend on other economies to some extent. In this course, students examine the forces, processes and actors that shape economic globalization. Topics include the effectiveness of trade organizations such as the WTO, the theory of comparative advantage, modern trade theory, intra-industry trade and the impact of protectionism tools such as tariffs on global trade. The course also examines the impact of international trade on labor and the environment; the balance of payments; exchange rates and the exchange rate systems; open economy macroeconomics; past international financial crises; NAFTA; and the impact of the European Union on the global economy.

  • This course explores and assesses financial issues affecting markets, companies and management. Students are invited to examine and reflect on current and past cases to strengthen learning. Topics include measuring efficiency, valuation of debt, financial analysis and planning and working capital.

  • In the rapidly-evolving world of search engine optimization and viral marketing, social media plays a leading role. This course explores social media marketing tools, techniques and strategies and examines how to use them to build valuable, lasting relationships with customers and other stakeholders. Students learn how to improve online campaign performance and combine social media with other components of a marketing or communications campaign.

  • Financial institutions support entrepreneurs and help them manage the economic risks they take on. This course teaches students the strengths and imperfections of tools and institutions such as banking, insurance, securities, futures, bonds and other derivatives markets, focusing on the recent past, the present and the near future.

  • Understanding consumers enables marketers to more effectively meet the needs of buyers in the market. This course investigates the processes that individuals, groups and organizations use to select, secure, use and dispose of products, services and experiences. It also covers the process of generating ideas to satisfy the needs and impacts that these processes have on the consumer and society. Students develop an understanding of the way people interact with products or services and their marketing environment, as well as an appreciation of the social, cultural and marketing factors that influence the selection and use of products and services.

  • The course focuses on business-to-business relationships. Students learn how to apply their knowledge of sales and purchasing concepts to solve business problems. Effective management of salespeople and purchasing functions is critical to business success because of the constant pressure to improve cost optimization and resource efficiency.

  • Students learn to connect environmental concerns to organizational strategy, in order to effectively manage an organization long term while taking into account the interests of all stakeholders. Increasingly, business executives must be aware of the environmental consequences of their decisions and the impact they might have on a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Students will learn to connect environmental concerns to organizational strategy, in order to effectively manage an organization long term while taking into account the interests of all stakeholders. Increasingly, business executives must be aware of the environmental consequences of their decisions and the impact that their decisions might have on a wide range of stakeholders, advertisers, media planning, controlling and the relationship between marketing and media strategies.

  • This course addresses how managers can implement changes that help their organizations become both carbon-neutral and socially acceptable. The course begins by discussing how research into the company’s practices can generate the “base line” against which to measure progress toward sustainability targets. The course then provides a series of “building blocks” to help achieve sustainability objectives.

  • Seminar/Industrial Visits/Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Fifth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course introduces students to the world of international business and management and examines contextual factors, administrative mechanisms, organizational processes, cultural influences and government and business structures in the global economy. Students explore the challenges facing modern corporations when organizing cross-border activities that span multiple stages of the value chain. Topics include trade relations and missions; international finance; legal and labor agreements; information needs; production systems; marketing; and promotion.

  • In this course, students learn how to evaluate company performance and value based on financial information. Students interpret the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow in addition to learning how to apply ratio analysis. At the end of the course students are able to prepare financial projections based on a company’s financial reports.

  • This course helps students build their negotiation skills and develop an analytical understanding of negotiations and conflict management so that they can become more effective problem solvers. Through role play, simulation and observation, students examine, evaluate and apply negotiation techniques, learning to identify tricks and distracters used by counterparts.

  • The course explores the complexities of managing and developing a small business and gives students practical information concerning small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This involves exploring the practical implications of self-employment and being part of a family-run business. Topics include areas of marketing, finance and labor management specific to the SME sector.

  • The course addresses three main issues in corporate finance: how a corporation should invest its funds; how it should finance its investments; and to what extent it should distribute some of its assets to its owners. Students look at practical examples of how this balance is achieved in order to maximize the value of the organization.

  • The course introduces the key elements of business-to-business (B2B) marketing and analyzes the differences between industrial and consumer markets. Topics include business buyer behavior, steps in business-buying decisions, B2B marketing strategies, the role of events and B2B marketing campaigns.

  • Ethical concerns are implicit in the term “sustainability”, as the concept of sustainability takes into account not just economic viability, but also ethics and values. This course examines ethical dilemmas related to sustainability, and draws on a series of principles with the aim of improving executive, sustainable decision-making.

  • Sustainability principles and practices can be and often are used to make a business become more efficient and effective; reduce risks, create opportunities and provide competitive advantage. In this course, students will learn tools and techniques for assessing both the financial and the non-financial value of sustainability policies and practices.

  • “Green marketing” incorporates a broad range of activities, including product/service modification, changes to the production process, the package design and the promotion of products and services, in the light of changing consumer values. In this course, students learn how to implement “green marketing” projects using a range of tools and techniques.

  • Seminar/Industrial Visits/Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Sixth Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course examines how firms gain and maintain a competitive advantage. It explores the corporate environment and looks at the challenges entrepreneurs and senior management face when transmitting the vision and mission so that these permeate all departments and functional areas. The course takes a general management point of view of an organization and analyzes decisions and strategies in light of the total business. Students relate strategy to the future development of the organization and discuss how to implement strategic plans.

  • In this course students learn how to create company budgets in line with business policy and, from a management perspective, to understand their purpose, the advantages and disadvantages of budgetary control, and the concept of responsibility centers. The need for detailed information is highlighted and students become familiar with the main concepts, tools and techniques for budgeting and for analyzing budgeting variances.

  • This course concentrates on the fundamental skills of communicating effectively and optimizing synergies in the workplace. Students explore, understand, improve and develop their ability to judge and apply effective strategies, such as two-way communication, events and other social media tools, in the area of organizational communication. Students also learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages and develop critical analysis in order to enhance their communication and add value to an organization.

  • This course brings together the skills and knowledge that students will have acquired in the area of marketing. Students thoroughly analyze cases illustrating a variety of situations in which a wide range of companies find themselves, discuss the issues and search for creative solutions. Students identify market opportunities and learn to define strategies compatible with the organization’s marketing plan. This course helps students to understand the strategic and integral role of the marketing department in a business.

  • A series of current case studies are presented to help students acquire familiarity with the principles and practices of corporate sustainability.

  • This course covers the relationship between sustainability issues and macroeconomics. The fields of environmental, ecological and social economics (especially globalization) are still developing and thus are commonly controversial. The course provides an introduction to some key approaches and tools that economists use to assess long-term sustainability.

  • This course is an introduction to how sustainability, economic, environmental, social and governance issues have become financially important to global credit, risk management, venture capital and asset management markets. By course end, students understand how these issues affect investment decisions made by investors, lenders, insurance companies, funds and corporate managers.

  • Sustainability in the supply chain is increasingly seen as essential to ensuring the long-term survival of companies. This course explores the ways in which organizations are seeking to “green” their logistics and supply chain practices in both environmental and social spheres.

  • The course takes the perspective of the company executive responsible for sustainability, and is intended as a review of the whole program, with an emphasis on change within a company. Students are required to take into account the implications of their recommendations on the sustainable aspects of the organization.

  • Dissertation Seminar
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
(23 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Final Case: Marketing
    4 CH / 5 ECTS
  • Final Case: Sustainability
    4 CH / 5 ECTS
  • Dissertation
    1 CH / 2 ECTS
EMPLOYABILITY

As the importance of sustainability management grows across the world, there are many job opportunities for students upon graduation. Students may go on to pursue careers in: 

 

  • Environmental consultancy and management 

  • Corporate social responsibility  

  • Consultancy for NGOs 

  • Facilities and operations management   

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our courses are available across all five of our campuses. We encourage students to diversify their education by participating in our campus exchanges. Choose the perfect location for you and gain international experience while expanding your global network.

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