School of Business and Management

BUSM146 Social and Sustainable Innovation


2 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Yasser Bhatti


Module overview

Global challenges such as environmental pollution, inequality or climate change, have driven an increasing need and demand for products or services that contribute value through enhancing environmental performance (e.g. low-carbon or renewable energy) or alleviating social issues (e.g. for the socially excluded, or to enhance social justice). This module has been developed to address these important trends. The module is designed to equip students with the skills and resources for thinking critically about the role of innovation in social justice and sustainable development. It provides a rigorous conceptual understanding of sustainable and social innovation, and of the practical challenges of innovation management.


60% examination and 40% coursework

Indicative reading list


  • Smith, Adrian, Fressoli, Mariano, Abrol, Dinesh, Arond, Elisa and Ely, Adrian (2016) Grassroots innovation movements. Pathways to sustainability. Routledge, London
  • Owen, R., Bessant, J. and M. Heintz, eds. (2013). Responsible Innovation. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Prahalad, C.K. (2010). The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits. Pearson.
  • Russo, M. V. (2010). Companies on a Mission: Entrepreneurial Strategic for Growing Sustainably, Responsibly and Profitably. Stanford University Press.