Teaching at the Intersection of Sustainability and Business

Professor Glenk is teaching courses at the intersection of sustainability and business. His courses have been offered at a bachelor, master, and doctoral level. He has served as course instructor at the University of Mannheim, Stanford University, and the Technische Universität München. He is also serving as an advisor to doctoral candidates.


Current Courses

Decarbonization Seminar
offered at PhD level at the University of Mannheim

This course is aimed at doctoral students at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences. The seminar hosts speakers from academia and industry to discuss latest advances and challenges associated with the transition towards a decarbonized energy economy. Topics covered include the economics and management of sustainability activities and clean energy technologies across all sectors of the economy with a particular focus on the energy sector, transportation services, and carbon-free manufacturing processes.

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Seminar on Corporate Decarbonization
offered at graduate level at the University of Mannheim

This seminar examines and discusses the challenges and opportunities that companies face on their pathway towards net carbon emissions of zero. Such pathways hinge on the economic analysis of reducing corporate carbon emissions and the formulation of abatement strategies. Particular topics covered in this seminar include:

  1. Carbon Pricing and Regulation: Theory and Implementation

  2. Corporate Carbon Accounting and Reporting

  3. Corporate Decarbonization Pledges and Pathways

  4. Competitiveness of Clean Energy Technologies

  5. The Emergence of Sustainable Transportation Services

  6. Pathways for Industrial Decarbonization

  7. Climate Risk in Finance and Investment

  8. Climate-Tech Entrepreneurship

The analysis of these topics involves a review of the most current literature as well as the use of analytical and empirical research methods. As part of the seminar, participants will present and discuss the key findings of their analysis and write up their findings and conclusions in the form of a seminar paper.

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Advanced Microeconomics
offered at PhD level at the University of Mannheim

The course is aimed at doctoral students in all fields of business administration. It provides an introduction to microeconomic theory on a graduate level, highlighting aspects which are of specific relevance for business research. The main topics covered include:

  1. Theory of consumer choice under certainty and uncertainty

  2. Theory of the firm, production cost and supply

  3. Markets, equilibrium, welfare

  4. Strategic behavior under complete and incomplete information

  5. Incentives and asymmetric information

The objective of the course is to enable doctoral students in business to read and discuss economic theory and to equip them with the tools to formulate their own research based on theoretically grounded hypotheses.

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Previous Courses

Rapid Decarbonization: Challenges and Opportunities for Business
offered at undergraduate level at the University of Mannheim

This course is aimed at bachelor students in business administration, economics and related disciplines. It provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that companies face in the transition towards a decarbonized energy economy. This involves an introduction to the microeconomic theory of corporate decarbonization efforts as well as the review of recent developments in practice. Particular topics covered in this course include:

  1. Carbon Emissions and Carbon Regulations

  2. Corporate Decarbonization Initiatives

  3. Competitive Analysis of Emerging Climate Technologies

  4. Bringing Low-carbon Products and Production Processes to Market

  5. Climate-tech Entrepreneurship and Project Finance

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Sustainable Energy Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar
offered at graduate level at Stanford University

Moving towards sustainable energy systems and addressing climate change requires a transition of the energy sources used, as well as major market, technology, policy, and behavior changes. In this graduate seminar course, graduate students will present their ongoing research on sustainable energy to an audience of faculty and graduate students with a diversity of disciplinary perspectives. One of the key goals of this course is to bring together researchers working on issues related to sustainable energy.

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