2020-2021 / GEST1076-1

Seminar on Sustainability and Smart Territories


18h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Nathalie Crutzen

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

General Description:
Referring to the current world context (multi-polar world, increasing awareness for global environmental and social challenges, technological (digital) revolution...), this seminar is dedicated to a better understanding of the concepts of strategic management in relationship with the concepts of Sustainability and Smart Cities.
This seminar aims at raising awareness amongst students regarding the increasing importance of considering economic, but also social and environmental aspects, in strategic management in cities and specific territorial ecosystems (including governments, businesses, research centres and citizens).
It proposes multidisciplinary views on key challenges and solutions in the field of Sustainablity and Smart Cities.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After this seminar, students should be able:
- To integrate in a holistic view the various management concepts studied during the 4 first years of their university education, to synthesize and bear in mind the essential ones in each discipline; - To broaden their knowledge of Sustainability, Strategy and Smart City/Smart Region in particular.  This course contributes to the following Intended Learning Outcomes : ILO-1 : To strengthen knowledge and understanding of management disciplines and its legal, policy and social context ILO-2 : Gaining the knowledge and understanding of one of the proposed fields of concentration or to gain deep knowledge in the field of the management being already specialized through a first University Master Degree .  ILO-3 : To acquire the capacity to research autonomously and methodically the information needed to solve a complex, transversal management problem,  ILO-4 : Integrate autonomously researched information, tools, knowledge and context to build and propose, either individually or as part of a team, original, creative and viable solutions to concrete complex management problems, whether real or simulated, taking into account, when necessary, the human, social and legal context. ILO-5 : Ability to speak 2 foreign languages: C1 in English and B2 in one other language. ILO-6 : Being capable of professional team work  ILO-7 : Developing a critical sense (arguing) ILO-8 : Developing a transversal, global vision 
ILO-9 : Creative conception of solutions  ILO-10 : Professional capacity for oral communication ILO-11 : Professional capacity for written communication   ILO-12 : Faced with a management problem, suggesting solutions that are ethical and socially responsible and that respect the principles of good governance.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in all the fields of management (finance, marketing, HRM, supply chain management, marketing, strategy, etc)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Several teaching methods are used during this multidisciplinary seminar: - Academic lectures  - Conferences with guest speakers in Strategy, in Sustainability and in Smart City/Smart Territory - Panel discussion with experts - Coaching (based on a specific case study) - Pre-readings and preparation of the conferences

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face lectures and conferences
Coaching sessions 
Distance learning (reading, team work)

Organisational adjustments related to the current health context

Recommended or required readings

A list of prereadings will be sent (via Lol@) to students before the beginning of the course

Assessment methods and criteria

Below you will find information on the evaluation methods planned for in-person and remote exams as well as those planned for hybrid sessions. Depending on how the health crisis evolves, the chosen method will be communicated to you no later than one month before the start of the exam session.

  • Written exam (during the course): 30%
  • Case study (team work): 70%
  Evaluation criteria for the case:

  • Clear situation analysis- how students understand the various components of the case and how they structure their analysis and recommendations. 
  • Team collaboration - how students participate in groups and distribute tasks effectively. 
  • Analysis exhaustiveness - in-depth analysis + level of scientific approach (justification of the approach and capacity of integrating the multi-disciplinarity of the recommendations)
  • Critical point of view - how students are committed in finding a solution to the problem and in opting for specific choices. 
  • Originality of the presentation - how creative students are in their solution and in the way they present it. Sustainability and Strategy-NathalieCrutzen-October 2016
  • Pertinent recommendations - how valuable and coherent the recommendations are. 
  • Oral presentation - how students can professionally present their solution in front of the jury.
Relative weigthing of individual assessment: 50%

Second session:  The evaluation is 100% individual: Exhaustive written report on a corporate strategic issue related to the notions of Sustainable Development and Smart City/Region.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Official language: English
But an ability to understand (and, if possible, speak) French is preferable as case studies will be developed in collaboration with Walloon municipalities.
The attendance to the lectures and conferences is highly recommended.
The attendance to the coaching sessions is compulsory


Prof. Nathalie Crutzen : ncrutzen@uliege.be
Teaching assistant: c.ferrara@uliege.be

I you have any pratical question, please contact the teaching assistant