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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30281 - CSR & ETHICS IN BUSINESS

Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 15 - 16 - 17 - 18

BIEM (2 credits - I sem. - OB)
Course Director:
STEFANO POGUTZ

Classes: 15 (I sem.) - 16 (I sem.) - 17 (I sem.) - 18 (I sem.)


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

Sustainable development goals, ecological problems such as planetary boundaries and climate change, globalization of supply chains and growing social and ethical conflicts affect business and decision-making processes. Consequently, companies are increasingly required to respond to these challenges developing adequate policies and practices. The seminar aims at providing students with a first understanding of the ethical and strategic implications of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Adopting a strategic perspective, the seminar intends to familiarize participants with the complexity of these decisions, and with the business opportunities resulting from a proper stakeholder management approach.

CONTENT SUMMARY
  • Business ethics, CSR, and stakeholder theory: an overview.
  • Sustainable development and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Corporate sustainability.
  • A strategic approach to CSR and sustainability: competitive opportunities, legitimacy and risks.
  • Dealing with complex decisions, dilemmas and trade-offs in CSR and sustainability.
  • CSR and sustainability practices: transforming existing corporations.
  • CSR and sustainability practices: social entrepreneurship and hybrid corporation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Define some key concept and theories: CSR, business ethics and stakeholder theory.
  • Illustrate sustainable development and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Explain what is corporate sustainability.
  • Understand why CSR matters for business and analyze the strategic dimension of CSR.
  • Unravel the linkages between CSR and financial performance, and illustrate the business case for CSR.
  • Illustrate the changes required to build a sustainable company and the hurdles to this transformation.
  • Introduce and discuss concepts such as social entrepreneurship and hybrid corporation.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Apply the concepts of CSR and corporate sustainability to management through case studies.
  • Evaluate and assess sustainability strategies of some best practices.
  • Analyze the characteristics of a social enterprise through case studies.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS

The course uses multiple teaching approaches to favour active learning processes.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Assessment based on the participation in class activities and on individual written exam based on 3 open questions.
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Assessment based on individual written exam with multiple choice questions.

    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Papers and selected readings, slides and cases provided by instructors are made available on the e-learning platform (Bboard).
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • M. BLOWFIELD, A. MURRAY, Corporate responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2014 (Chapters: 1, 3, 6, 9, 11 and 12).
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