UCL Centre for languages & international education (CLIE)


Business Planning for Societal Challenges (Level 2)

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Diego Navarra
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (25%), Business Plan (75%)
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Module overview

Humanity and the planet face escalating social, environmental, and economic challenges. Entrepreneurs are perceived to hold a particular role in innovating and bringing about societal change and many also believe that business has a pivotal role to play in shifting society towards a more sustainable future (Hall et al., 2010; Baumann-Pauly et al., 2013). In consideration of UCL’s Grand Challenges, especially cross-disciplinary working for Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing and Transformative Technology, the module will engage participants to address societal and humanity’s challenges while planning businesses for a more sustainable future.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to combine professional and academic perspectives in business planning
  • Have developed an understanding of practical considerations in relation to societal challenges combining research, experiences and case studies
  • Have explored how industry works at the interconnection between entrepreneurship, technology and societal challenges
  • Have shared knowledge and discussed ideas with the instructor as well as built connections among participants

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Presentation (25%)
  • Business Plan (75%)

Module leader

In the past 15 years, Diego has taught, supervised and tutored more than 1,000 BSc, MSc and PhD students from around the world (both online and offline). He has taught business planning, project management, IT architecture/strategy, G-IS governance & management, business analysis tools & techniques. Dr Navarra also has experience as a programme leader and module coordinator in the fields of Business and Management, IT Strategy and Management, Global Business and Sustainable Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Public Sector Management and Research Methods (Qualitative & Quantitative), supervising & managing research projects, (re)developing curricula for eLearning in VLEs, producing course syllabi and designing evaluation methods together with colleagues and sup

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