Taught course

Creating a successful and sustainable business (online short course)

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements.

The course will require around 20 hours to complete. You can begin at any time during the life of the course and study at your own pace.

Months of entry


Course content

If we are to enable more desirable futures, we need to tackle grand challenges and prioritise delivering sustainable business impact. Improved forms of sustainable business design and innovation are key drivers to positive change in the world around us. This course will give you the knowledge, latest thinking, optimised tools, methodologies and mindset to be a positive changemaker in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, thinking of starting a new business venture or simply interested in this area from a personal point of view, this course will give you the skills to create and implement business for sustainable outcomes.

You’ll learn how to:

  • understand underlying mega-trends and drivers influencing the general shift and change in consumer preference and business landscapes towards sustainable impact outcomes
  • frame and scope new business challenges, strategically grounded in contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
  • go beyond the limitations of existing methodologies and business design approaches like Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Business Model Innovation to serve complex ecosystem needs and problems.
  • design and implement new sustainable business concepts and business models grounded in People, Planet, Profit and Progress centric thinking and doing
  • identify and articulate value types across the sustainable business design and innovation processes
  • take a critical, self-reflective perspective whilst implementing new sustainable business with industry leading tools and methodologies
  • synthesize divergent needs and conflicting interests across multi-stakeholder ecosystems and value chains as you validate your new business ideas through go-to-market testing cycles
  • design experiments to validate sustainable business concepts and supporting business models across a vast array of ecosystem stakeholders to ensure delivery of reciprocating value.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.2 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Practice-Based Assignment 100

Course contact details

The Open University