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2013/2014  BA-BLC_3BSS  Business, Strategies and Stakeholder Impact

English Title
Business, Strategies and Stakeholder Impact

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Summer
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Andreas Rasche - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
Last updated on 23-08-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Describe, classify, criticize, structure, and combine the concepts, theories and methods related to the broader debate around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Describe and analyze the main contemporary challenges for business organizations vis-à-vis their different stakeholders, including the impact they have on their stakeholders.
  • Understand how social and environmental issues create problems and opportunities for corporations, and how these issues can be addressed by different corporate functions.
  • Understand how businesses interact with relevant actors in the non-market environment, including, but not limited to: governments, non-governmental organizations, business associations, and international organizations.
  • Be able to apply the concepts, theories, and frameworks discussed in class to concrete cases and examples.
Business, Strategies and Stakeholder Impact:
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 2 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

Today’s business environment has powerfully reinforced the centrality of responsible business practices. Especially when looking at the many governance gaps that persist in the global economy and the inability of transnational political actors to address them, reflections about the responsibility of corporations for social and environmental problems seem inevitable.
This course explores the changing role of business in global society by looking at how firms increasingly interact with actors in the non-market environment, including, but not limited to: governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social movements, and international organizations. We will make extensive use of the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is critically reflected upon and compared with other concepts such as corporate accountability, corporate citizenship, and stakeholder management. The main aim of the course is to enable students to understand how businesses are affected by and affect many of today’s societal challenges, such as: corruption, climate change, poverty, and human rights.
The course starts with a theoretically grounded introduction of the debate around CSR and related concepts. This introduction frames the overall debate and familiarizes students with key terminology. Next, students will apply these theoretical insights to discuss corporations’ responsibilities with regard to selected issue areas (e.g. labor rights in global supply chains). Finally, students learn about how and why business firms increasingly interact with governmental and non-governmental actors (e.g. via public-private partnerships).

Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, cases, videos supplements, and student activity
Expected literature

 To be announced on Learn

Last updated on 23-08-2013