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2014/2015  KAN-CKOMO2001U  Theories and Perspectives

English Title
Theories and Perspectives

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Dennis Schoeneborn - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 07-07-2014
Learning objectives
Students in this course (full title: "Corporate Responsibility, Governance, and Communication: Theories and Perspectives") must demonstrate the ability to:
  • Independently identify, develop, and delineate a relevant research question at the thematic intersection of corporate responsibility, governance, and communication
  • Investigate their self-chosen research question by drawing on one or more theoretical perspectives and analytical models from the course
  • Critically reflect the choice of theoretical perspectives and their limitations in a comparative way
  • Develop a coherent argument, a (theoretical and/or empirical) analysis, and a distinct contribution to the given literature in this field
  • Consider the broader societal and practical implications of matters of corporate responsibility, governance, and communication
  • Put their work into clear and accurate academic writing (incl. proper use of relevant terminology, coherent structure of arguments, correct use of references, etc.)
Theories and Perspectives:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
This course (full title: "Corporate Responsibility, Governance, and Communication: Theories and Perspectives") is concerned with the challenges that arise for corporations to handle the multifold societal expectations that arise in the era of globalization. In particular, we will shed light on how matters of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are negotiated and institutionalized in the dynamic communicative interplay between corporations, their stakeholders, and the media (incl. social media). The course will feature an introduction of main theoretical approaches to CSR and global governance (e.g., functionalist perspectives, political theory of the firm, critical management studies, institutionalist theory, and communication-centered approaches). These theoretical perspectives will be applied to various issue areas of CSR (e.g., matters of self-governance, CSR standards and ethical guidelines, implementation of CSR practices, communication of CSR activities, or new communication dynamics via social media). Furthermore, we will cross-relate theoretical insights to practice via case-based workshops with leading practitioners from the field of corporate responsibility, governance, and communication. In sum, this course represents a unique offering that closely combines CSR-related research from the fields of business ethics and management with insights from the neighboring field of corporate communication studies.
Students will develop an essay-style seminar thesis over the course of the semester, in which they identify and tackle a relevant gap or puzzle in the given literature on corporate responsibi­l­ity, govern­ance, and communication. As part of the supervision process, the course will feature a two-days workshop in the mid semester in which students will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their work-in-progress seminar theses. More generally, students can bene­­fit from the supervision process as a hands-on training and preparation for their master theses.

Furthermore, the course includes practice case studies with leading experts in the field of corporate corporate responsibility, governance, and communication. These case studies provide students with the opportunity to engage in team work, presentations, and in direct interactions with practitioners.
Teaching methods
• Regular lectures and seminar sessions (based on course reading)
• (2-days) Workshop (to discuss work-in-progress seminar theses)
• Practice case studies and group work
Last updated on 07-07-2014