Course code VadZ5081

Credit points 3


Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours57

Date of course confirmation15.01.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developers

author prof.

Anita Auziņa

Dr. oec.

author prof.

Maira Leščevica

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

Ekon5139, Economic Resources

Course abstract

The course is designed to build up an in-depth knowledge of theory on ecopreneurship as well as the factors and criteria of ecopreneurship. The knowledge obtained enhances the understanding of green, shared and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students will be able to: demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ecopreneurship as an enterprise’s choice for development and growth that is in line with the enterprise’s goal - discussions in classes, independent work
2. Demonstrate a specific knowledge of ecopreneurship problems and solutions in Latvia – essay
3. Independently research, reasonably explain and discuss ecopreneurship aspects as well as apply new approaches - presentation at an enterprise
4. Identify, analyse and group the factors influencing ecopreneurship stakeholders - practical assignment
5. Independently acquire, select and analyse information and use it for designing a business canvas - independent work
6. Explain and present the results of their research to others - presentation at an enterprise, the presentation of independent work
7. Responsibly plan the completion of the assignments given - independent work
8. Cooperate and communicate in a team and do teamwork - presentation at an enterprise
9. Independently define and critically analyse the use effectiveness of various ecopreneurship elements to raise the competitiveness of an enterprise - discussions in classes

10. Integrate the knowledge of and skills in different fields to design and implement a high-quality business canvas - independent work and the presentation

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Sustainable Development (lecture – 1 hour)
2. Introduction to case, possible visit to case company (practical – 1hour)
3. Sustainable Development context. Supply chain analysis of Sustainability (lecture – 1 hour, practical – 2 hours)
4. Concept of Eco Entrepreneurship. Discussions about sustainability’s analysis results for company and supply chain in case company (lecture – 1 hour, practical – 2 hours)
5. Visit to company/ result presentation (midterm if needed) (practical - 2 hours)
6. Eco Entrepreneurship essence. Practical task “Sustainable Innovation” (lecture – 2 hours, practical – 2 hours)
7. Eco Entrepreneurship’s life cycle. Practical task “Eco-innovation” (lecture – 1 hour, practical – 1 hour)
8. Eco company creation (lecture – 2 hours)
9. Eco Entrepreneur (lecture – 1 hour)
10. Eco Entrepreneurship Environment. Stakeholders advanced analysis (lecture – 2 hours, practical – 2 hours)
11. Corporative Greening. Industrial impact (lecture – 1 hour)

12. Presentation of independent work – Business Canva (2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Formal test with a mark. The Mark consist of:
• Essay (25 point)
• Practical assignment; a presentation at an enterprise (25 point)
• Independent work (Business canvas) (25 point)
• Presentation of independent work (25 point)

A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Essay - Ecopreneurship problems and solutions in Latvia – preparation.
Independent work (business canvas) - Business sustainability planning and development – preparation and presentation.
Practical assignment - Analysis of sustainability for a supply chain - preparation and presentation.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Formal test with a mark includes accumulated evaluations of results reached during the course.

Compulsory reading

1. Morelli J. Environmental Sustainability: A Definition for Environmental Professionals. Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 1, issue 1, 2011. Pieejams:
2. Ladd A. Corporate Greening Good for the Soul, but is it Good for the Bottom line? 2010. Goodfor theSoul,Butis itGoodfor theBottom Line? Financial executive, march, 2010. Pieejams:[1].pdf
3. Kabiraj S., Topkar V., Walke R.C. Going Green: A Holistic Approach to Transform Business. International Journal of Managing Information Technology (IJMIT), Vol.2, No.3, August 2, 2010. Pieejams:

4. Drucker P. Innovation and Entrepreneurship. New York: Harper&Raw, Publishers, Inc., 1993. 278 p.

Further reading

1. Keogh P.D., Polonsky M.J. Environmental commitment: a basis for environmental entrepreneurship? Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 11, Iss. 1, 1998, p 38-49.

2. Menon A., Menon A. Enviropreneurial marketing strategy: the emergence of corporate environmentalism as market strategy, The Journal of Marketing, Vol 61, January, 1997.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Dienas Bizness: nedēļas laikraksts: Latvijas Biznesa avīze. Rīga: Diena: Dagens Industri, 2005-. ISSN 1407-2041


Restricted elective study course for the ESAF academic Master study programme “Economics”, specialisation “Business and Logistics”