This short course will introduce management professionals to the six frames that business leaders use to talk about sustainability, as identified by John Elkington (who coined the phrase “Triple Bottom Line”). It is intended as a reflective exploration to expand the individual and organizational perceptions and intentions of sustainability within the organization and beyond the organizational context. Case studies will be used to exemplify the various frames and help students better relate to their own motivations and the impacts of decision-making for sustainability.
Does this course carry Credit Value
Credits Value (where applicable)
Duration (Number of Hours)
Course Booking Options
Available for booking by academic institutions
Available for booking by employers
Available for booking by learner groups
Maximum Number of Students
E-learning, Classroom, or Workshop
Syllabus Plan – summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Week 1: An Introduction to the Six Frames
Week 2: The Resources Frame
Week 3: The Time Frame
Week 4: The Value Frame
Week 5: The Design Frame
Week 6: The Abundance Frame
Week 7: The Moral Frame
Week 8: Developing and Understanding Your Frame(s)
Intended Learning Outcomes – on completion of this module, students will be able to…
-Develop a working knowledge of the various ways that sustainability can be framed in a business context.
-Explore each of the six frames as described by John Elkington (Resources, Time, Value, Design, Abundance, Moral) and identify others.
-Understand how each of the frames influence organizational decision-making in each student’s own (or a hypothetical) organizational context.
-Develop a personal relationship with the various frames.
This course serves the following UN Sustainable Development Goals. For a fuller description of the SDGs please visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption & Production
Teaching & Learning Methods
Guided Independent Study/Research
Individual Written Assignment
Group Written Assignment
Written feedback to individual student
Written feedback to group of students
Key Learning Resources
“The Six Ways That Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability” by John Elkington. Harvard Business Review. 17 Oct 2017. Available at https://hbr.org/2017/10/the-6-ways-business-leaders-talk-about-sustainability Supplemental texts for each weekly lesson also provided.
For more information about this course, please contact:
Dr Taryn Mead