FNP-21306 Management of Forest and Nature Organisations

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture28
Tutorial32
Group work4
Excursion (one day)16
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MA Hoogstra-Klein
Lecturer(s)ir. JN van Laar
dr. ir. MA Hoogstra-Klein
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MA Hoogstra-Klein

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Continuation courses:

FNP-32306 Decision-Making in Forest and Nature Management: Theory and Practice.

Contents:

The course FNP-21306 Management of Forest and Nature Organizations offers a systematic introduction into the field of business management and administration of forest and nature management. The main focus of the course is on forest and nature management organizations and their performance; the course explores the reasons for, alternatives to, and consequences of the (business) activities of these organizations.

The course exists out of two parts. In the first part of the course (the first 2.5 weeks of the course), three main themes will be explored through (guest) lectures and reading assignments. Topics and themes discussed are based on the basic elements of a business organization:

1. Products and markets

What are markets; types of products; rivalry; excludability; problems and challenges of products in forest and nature management; free rider problem; marketability; market chains; environmental services; innovation; entrepreneurship


2. Polity, policy and politics of organizations

(Business) management; economic units as businesses, enterprises and organizations; legal forms; strategic management; normative management; management structures.


3. Managerial finance

Accounting; cash flow statements; investment analysis.


In the second part (the last 1.5 week of the course) the students have to apply what is learned in the first part of the course, by conducting a group assignment. This group assignment is to develop a business plan for a certain area, and look for possibilities to develop the area from a financial point of view, within the limitations given (e.g. laws and regulations, functioning, sustainability). For the business plan, the group of students develops a business idea for the area, which should generate income. It is completely up to the students what they develop as long as it is something new and challenging, something feasible, and that it is “related” to forest and nature management.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the context and nature of management within forest and nature management organizations;
- explain basic management approaches, methods and tools for forest and nature management organizations;
- explain the specific guise and limitations of these management approaches, methods and tools for forest and nature management and how to deal with this;
- apply these approaches, methods and tools in situations in which it is appropriate;
- examine the relevance of these approaches, methods and tools in relation to the management of forest and nature.

Activities:

The course includes different learning activities:
- preparing for and attendance of lectures and excursions on the topics indicated above;
- attendance of and participation in practicals
- active participation in small and big assignments;
- self-study and preparation for examination.

Examination:

The extent to which the student reached the learning objectives will be tested by (1) a 3-hour written examination (60% of final mark), (2) one group assignment (40%), (3) several smaller individual assignments. 

The latter do not count towards the final mark, but have to be graded with a sufficient mark (5.5 or above) to pass the course. 
Students also need to have a minimum partial grade of 5.5 for both the examination and the group assignment, and should have participated in the mandatory elements of the course.


Literature:

More information about the course will become available through the internet-site of the course.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc4WD