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The role of VSM in designing and managing future-fit organisations

July 7, 2021


This webinar will present some ideas of how VSM can help achieve sustainability at the corporate and organizational levels. First, corporate sustainability will be examined using a systems approach, as well as its business case. Then two ways VSM could be used to advance corporate sustainability will be presented: the first one employs VSM as a generic organizational map of existing organizations to understand, integrate and implement various sustainability management tools. The second one combines VSM with the Flourishing Business Canvas as part of a business startup or business model innovation process.  

Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos

Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos is a sustainability professor, researcher, and consultant with 15+years of experience in coaching organizations to assess and integrate sustainability. As principal and founder of the boutique consulting Close the Loop, Panos has advised companies on sustainability strategy, climate change, life cycle assessment and business modelling. He has also provided training on these topics to professionals and students in Canada, Europe and Asia. Panos studied Environmental Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Sustainability from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland). Panos is the coordinator of the Sustainable Business Management program of Seneca College and teaches sustainability and business design at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.

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