Augustana Extended Education (AEE)

Sustainability 101: Economics & Sustainability

In this course, the focus will be on developing an understanding of economic sustainability. The primary focus will be on learning what is meant by economic sustainability and why this has an impact on organizational practices and activities. To do so, the course will examine the different ways that sustainability is measured by organizations. We will also examine the various reasons that organizations focus on economic sustainability and we will discuss some of the intended and unintended consequences of this strategic decision. Finally, we will discuss some of the emerging factors that can potentially impact an organization’s long-term goal of achieving economic sustainability.

What you will learn

  1. What is economic sustainability? How is this achieved? Why is this important?
  2. How is sustainability measured? What is triple bottom line accounting? Are there other frameworks to consider?
  3. What are some of the reasons why organizations focus on economic sustainability? What practical effects might this have on the organization?
  4. What are some future issues managers should be aware of? How might these impact organizations?


Bill FosterWilliam (Bill) M. Foster, Ph.D

Bill is a Professor of Management at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. His research has been published in journals and books such as Advances in Strategic Management, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Inquiry,Team Performance Management, Organizations in Time and Journal of Business Ethics. He currently serves as an Editorial Board member for the Academy of Management Review, is on the editorial board of Organization Studies & Business History, is incoming editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education, and he was a past Associate Editor for the essays section of the Journal of Management Inquiry.

Bill’s primary research interests include rhetorical history, social memory studies, organizational identity and identification and business ethics. In the area of management education, he is interested in subjects such as service learning, ethics, undergraduate education and corporate universities. He has taught courses in organizational behavior, strategy, sustainability, marketing and management. His teaching style is Socratic and is focused on engaging students through various techniques such as experiential learning, service learning, case studies and classroom discussion.

Sustainability 101 & the Certificate in Rural Sustainability

Sustainability 101 is a series of one-day short courses designed to support increased knowledge, capacity, and skills for sustainability in rural communities. Based upon a five-pillar model of sustainability (Governance, Economic, Social, Environmental, Cultural), these courses focus upon the nature, origins, relevance and application of the core, but complex, concepts that comprise sustainability and community development.

Our public policy-based approach to accessible programs speaks to broader issues, challenges, and dynamics affecting rural communities and is grounded in the need to do more than simply train administrators. In this series, we provide opportunities that not only increase community and organizational capacity, but address the broader challenges and dynamics of community sustainability, planning, rural/municipal governance and government, as well as the shifting emphasis upon partnerships, collaboration and competition as overarching principles for rural decision-making.

Complete all five Sustainability 101 courses (Governance for Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, and Social Sustainability, in any order, to earn your ‘Certificate in Rural Sustainability’ from the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus.