Sustainability Management

Course Code :2029TEWMHI
Study domain:Business sciences
Academic year:2018-2019
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Johan Braet

3. Course contents *

PART I: - Basics

In this first part a review is given of the central position of quality management with regards to the current Sustainability Management. After an introduction on how to perform good measurements, the link between sustainability and the different courses in the track “Sustainability Engineering” is highlighted. All other main courses will be positioned and related to the central backbone of Sustainability Management.

PART II - Evolution

How did the quality management evolve over years from single product verification over statistical quality control to fully integrated total quality management with lean six sigma concepts? We will handle this part as a historical overview of the quality guru’s and their contribution to current integrated management and sustainability systems.

PART III - Verticals and horizontals

In this part we will deal with some of the vertical domains as components of Sustainability Management: environment, hygiene, safety, security, social matters, tec. At the same time the organisation of those verticals will be guided by management horizontals that are essential to the full deployment of the verticals throughout an organisation. This part includes a review of legislation (European, Belgian and local), industrial norms including ISO norms as they apply to the field or one of the subfields of sustainability management.


We deal with the way an audit has to be performed and students will have to perform within a team of three, a specific audit on a target of choice.

Part V - Design of experiments

The field of statistics will be briefly refreshed and Design Of Experiments will be introduced. Theory will be converted in practice, as a specific exercise will have to be incorporated in the audit for at least one missing variable.