Executive Seminar

Organisational strategies and sustainable development

The concepts of "sustainability" and "responsibility" are at the core of traditional strategy research and managerial frameworks. How to create a "sustainable" competitive advantage is the Holy Grail of managerial decision-making and of managerial "responsibilities" towards capital providers. However, at the level of global society, these concepts also refer to complex challenges such as human rights, climate change, water stress, depletion of natural resources, pollution, shifting demographics, poverty or inequality.

The association of these challenges with economic activities has created concerns over the paradigms of capital markets, corporate legitimacy and traditional views of strategic success factors and corporate responsibilities. At the same time, these global challenges have triggered a wave of civil society-led innovations ranging from social movements to social enterprises and the establishment of new governance models.

This seminar will provide insights into the characteristics and strategies of actors from different sectors, the dynamics of sector interfaces, and the synergies or potential trade-offs between economic, social and environmental value creation. By analysing a number of case studies, participants will develop a realistic understanding of the preferences, approaches, and core strategies of key stakeholders as well as the characteristics and dynamics of global environmental and social problems. They will be equipped with a solid basis for evaluating the sustainability of current societal trajectories or lack thereof and the validity and power of various interventions to achieve a more sustainable global path into the future.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Leadership and Management, the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, or the Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director