Augustana Extended Education (AEE)

Sustainability 101: Economics & Sustainability

In Economics & Sustainability, 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

With rural economic development at the forefront of municipal dialogue, AEE’s Sustainability 101 series of five, one-day short courses is designed to strengthen rural municipal leadership by recognizing elected officials, municipal administrators, and community leaders for accomplishing training in five core areas: Governance for Sustainability, Economics & Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Social Sustainability, and Cultural Sustainability.

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.

Learn more about the Certificate in Rural Sustainability.