Contributing to economic and social development
Social and economic developments are the corner stones for local economic growth. In order to achieve local economic growth, participation in the global economy is a necessity. However, participation of small businesses and farmers is often hampered by issues such as capital, infrastructure and knowledge. By assessing the gaps and opportunities in the value chains, policy makers and practitioners will be able to develop policies, programs and strategies that create added value for the local economy.
This course provides you with more in-depth knowledge on how to analyze and develop frameworks for local economic development. By discussing various value chains you practice how to analyze a value chain. The course addresses various models for sustainable local economic development and you learn how to design a public private partnership for development program including the organization of multi-stakeholder-meetings. You will get insight into other innovative forms of local economic development such as the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) and Cluster strategies.
Did you know that you can combine this course with the Corporate Social Responsibility course which will run the week before? Combining these two courses will save you up to a maximum of €500,-
Sustainable Business Development
Certificate (diploma optional)
04 - 08 June 2018 / 3 December - 7 December 2018
At the end of the course you
- are able to develop a value chain
- understand the governance structures of different value chains
- know how to analyze a value chain (its gaps and opportunities)
Topics included in the program are:
- What is a value chain?
- Contribution of value chain to sustainability of businesses from a policy perspective
- Value chain relation to local economic development
- Value chain analysis concepts
- Value chain relations to sustainable business.
- Different forms of public private partnerships for development and pros and cons of these partnerships
- Other forms of local economic development strategies such a BOP and Cluster development
The program adopts various teaching and learning techniques, such as: lecture/discussion format, case studies and decision-making models, obligatory and recommended literature, business planning, group discussion and presentations, exercises and research with computer and library facilities, field visits and workshops, conducting your own value chain analysis. Strong emphasis is placed on student participation and involvement. The purpose is to utilize the experience and background of the students in a more synergistic program, compared to traditional school formats.
The program is designed for
• Senior executives and policy makers involved in CSR management or who have a strong motivation to learn more about sustainable development issues
• Consultants and lecturers working in the field related to sustainable development and CSR
Each participant receives a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course. Only for those who will complete an additional assignment will receive a diploma. In case you would like to have more information you contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Diederik P. de Boer, PhD
Diederik de Boer works as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Agri-Business Development at Maastricht School of Management. He holds a PhD from the Erasmus University (the Netherlands), an MPA from Leiden/Rotterdam University (the Netherlands), an MBA from Bradford/Tilburg University (U.K./The Netherlands) and a Minor in Small and Micro Credit Schemes from Harvard University Boston (USA). He worked for seven years for the United Nations and the Dutch Ministry for Development Cooperation in Cambodia, Mongolia, Korea and Palestine. At MSM he is managing projects related to sustainable business development in a variety of countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Georgia and Jordan. At MSM he is teaching corporate social responsibility. His research focuses on impact investment and triple helix constructs.
“Providing value to the customer makes you a great businessman, understanding the whole value chain makes you a great strategist”
The full tuition fee
The tuition fee of this course is € 2,499.
Tuition fee includes all course materials and study materials. Tuition fee does not include housing, food and living expenses. Participants are required to arrange their own housing facilities. MSM can assist in finding hotel accommodation.
Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.
15% for 2 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
25% for 3 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
40% for 4 - 6 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
For > 6 participants we will offer a tailor made program
European Star Scholarship:
50% for European citizens and long term residents. Submit a 2 - 3 page essay on the topic: "What will be the positive change for my organization and me after participating in this course?"
Alumni Lifelong Learning:
15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered Alumni
Dean's Development Fund:
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MSM reserves the right to postpone or cancel the program in case the number of participants does not meet the MSM requirements for minimum number of participants. Any payment made to MSM for tuition fee will be refunded. In the case of postponement or cancellation of the program MSM will inform the enrolled candidates at least six weeks before the planned start of the program.
By the participant:
If an admitted participant decides against participation after the tuition fee has been paid, cancellation costs are €200,- (administrative costs)
In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.
No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled participant, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another participant before the start of the course. Refunded tuition fees will only be reimbursed to the sponsoring party and cannot be forwarded or redeemed by any other party.
Participants who were not granted a visa to enter The Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.
For the June course: 1 May 2018
For the December course: 5 November 2018
Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level and should have an adequate level of spoken and written English.
Reasons to follow the Value Chain Analysis course
- Explore the concepts of value chains, Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) and public private partnerships and learn how to analyze them
- Understand the link between value chain analysis, public private partnership and policy development
- Get to know the importance of multi-stakeholder meetings and learn how to manage them
- Get inspired by exposure visits and guest lectures from experts in value chain analysis, public private partnerships and cluster development
- Benefit from the interactive learning environment and exchange views and experiences with peers and experts from around the world