Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
 

Managing in the Circular Economy

National and international shifts from linear to circular economies bring new responsibilities and opportunities for businesses operating domestically and globally. This course helps managers understand what a circular economy is and how they can take advantage of the business opportunities it offers. This course is developed and delivered in collaboration with Circl ABN Amro.

The course is for you if you want:

  • To gain current knowledge and tools needed to take advantage of the transformation to a circular economy
  • To develop an innovative action plan for your business, guided by experts in circular economy and the most up-to-date research.
  • To validate your knowledge of the circular economy by obtaining a certificate of completion from the Amsterdam School of International Business.

Admission requirements

This course is offered at a post-bachelor level for professionals working in senior management, consulting, strategy, logistics, information technology, or supply chain management, or simply if you have an interest in sustainability and new opportunities of economic advantage.

In order to be admissible for this course you need to have a bachelor diploma in any subject from an accredited university.

Program details

It is becoming more and more apparent that our established economic models are just not sustainable. In the Netherlands, Dutch government and businesses are embracing more circular economic models, and other countries around the globe are also making similar transitions because our current linear economy is simply unsustainable and dependent on the unlimited extraction of limited resources. It is essential that organizations and individuals understand the implications of this circular economy transition. A circular economy is designed to get as much value out of existing resources as possible.

Spread across six weeks, this accelerated course provides you with a new way of understanding business and societal systems. Next to that, you are expected to study independently and in groups. Successful completion of this masterclass will result in obtaining a certificate, issued by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

At the end of the short course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the theoretical foundations and principles of the circular economy paradigm.
  • Compose a persuasive argument, drawing on theoretical and practical knowledge, for the shift to circular economies.
  • Analyze a company and one (or more) of its products and/or services throughout its value chain from a circular perspective.
  • Draw practitioner-oriented implications and recommendations for transforming from a linear to a circular business model and present them in an engaging and professional manner.

To receive a certificate from AUAS, you must complete the following assessments:

  • A group assignment (50% of the total grade): analysis of a company and industry by gathering data through interviews and desk research, mapping of the linear value chain and system, identifying key challenges in the linear value chain and a key circular opportunity, developing a circular business model solution, and pitching their analysis and solution using an infographic.
  • An individual assignment (50% of the total grade): a personal reflection and a portfolio of evidence to support the reflection, which draws on the course activities, exercises and homework from week 1 to 5. The personal reflection essay outlines the learning from the different activities and assignments.

Duration and tuition fee

This is an accelerated 6-week course taught completely online, with 20 hours of online contact in online workshops. Beyond the 20 hours of online contact, students will engage in active student-centered learning at their own pace. The course starts on Monday, 22 March 2021. The online workshops take place on Fridays: 26 March, 9 April and 23 April. The average study workload is 20 hours per week.

The tuition fee for this course is € 950. There are no additional costs for studybooks as we use open access academic articles. After applying for this course, you will receive an invoice for the payment of the tuition fee.

Discounts for ABN Amro employees, AMSIB corporate partners and AMSIB alumni are available. Please contact us for more information about discounts.

Online Workshop 1: 10:00 - 17:00

  • Learn the key frameworks, concepts and principles about circular economics
  • Explore the systems and ecosystems approach to managing resources and conducting business
  • Understand global value chain complexity and map linear and circular value chains
  • Work in teams on a real-world business case or your own company to apply knowledge, frameworks

In the meantime you are expected to do some self-study on the taught topics.

Online Workshop 2: 10:00 - 17:00

  • Learn to use design thinking to develop innovative solutions to circular economy transitions
  • Understand how value is created, delivered and captured in circular business models
  • Learn how to initiate, manage and mobilize diverse stakeholders to achieve circular transitions
  • Work in teams, building on the real-world business case or your own company to apply knowledge, frameworks

In the meantime you are expected to do some self-study on the taught topics.

Online Workshop 3: 10:00 - 14:00

  • Present poster presentation of case company to peers and invited experts
  • Engage in panel discussion with invited experts

Admission requirements

This course is offered at a post-bachelor level. In order to be admissible for this course you need to have a bachelor diploma in any subject from an accredited university.

How do I apply?

Applying for this course is possible until 17 March 2021.

Please keep in mind that you are required to upload a copy of your passport or id-card when you apply for this course. A copy of your driver license will not be accepted. Additionally, you need to upload a copy of the highest diploma you received.

More information

For questions about the course content mail to Jason Good: j.e.good@hva.nl

Published by  Faculty of Business and Economics 24 March 2021