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2017/2018  KAN-CSOLO1019U  Organizations and Society

English Title
Organizations and Society

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jeremy Moon - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Contact info to the student hub: studenthub@cbs.dk (+45 3815 2710)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Organization
Last updated on 31-05-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: At the exam the student should demonstrate ability to:
  • • Identify and evaluate ethical assumptions of CSR
  • • Account for the development of CSR with reference to institutional and organization theory
  • • Assess different actor perspectives on CSR
  • • Critically reflect on how organizations address ethical dilemmas
  • • Be able to integrate their knowledge of organizations and CSR, ethical theory, institutional theory and business strategy in particular organizations and society contexts
Organizations and Society:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Essay
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

This course focuses on organizations and society, through the lens of corporate social responsibility (CSR).  It investigates a number of ethical perspectives on CSR (e.g. utilitarianism, duties and rights, stakeholder, social contract, citizenship) which provide a continuing basis for normative evaluation of these organizations - society relationships.  Institutional theory (including neo-institutional theory and institutional work) is introduced as a means of understanding the structural shaping of CSR, particularly in: the relations between business, civil society and governmental actors; and the emergence of new CSR organizations.  In these complex ethical and institutional contexts, business strategy for ir/responsible business is investigated, with special attention to key issues:e.g.  transparency, human rights, anti-/corruption, and political power; and to a company case of Novo Nordisk.  Students will be encouraged to identify ethical dilemmas facing managers and potential resolution of these.

Teaching methods
Lectures (including class discussion and group work; guest presentations)
Case study
Feedback during the teaching period
The class is given a short group-work exercise on a topic related to the topic of the assignment. Feedback is provided on this.
Student workload
Teaching and class preparation 166 hours
Exam 40 hours
Expected literature

This list is indicative and a final reading list will be published in early 2017.


Preliminary reading


Moon, J (2014) Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press


Recommended text


Rasche, A, Morsing, M and Moon, J (2017) Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communications, Governance Cambridge University Press


Journal articles

Baron, D.P. (2001). Private Politics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Integrated Strategy. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 10(1), 7-45.


Bernstein, S., & Cashore, B. (2007). Can Non-State Global Governance be Legitimate? An Analytical Framework. Regulation & Governance, 1(4), 347–371.


Bromley, P. and Meyer, J. (2014). ‘“They are all organizations”: The cultural roots of blurring between the nonprofit, business, and government sectors’. Administration & Society, 4, 1–28.


Brunsson, N., Rasche, A., & Seidl, D. (2012). The Dynamics of Standardization: Three Perspectives on Standards in Organization Studies. Organization Studies, 33(5-6), 613–632.


DiMaggio, P. J., & Powell, W. W. 1983. The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American Sociological Review, 48:



Donaldson, T and Dunfee, T (1994) ‘Toward a Unified Conception of Business Ethics: Integrative Social Contracts Theory Academy of Management Review 19, No. 2


Matten, D. and Moon, J. 2008. Implicit and explicit CSR: A conceptual framework for a comparative understanding of corporate social responsibility, Academy of Management Review 33(2): 404–424.


Meyer, J. W. 2000. Globalization — Sources and effects on national states and societies. International Sociology, 15: 233–248.


Moon, J, Crane, A. and Matten, D (2004) ‘Can Corporations be Citizens: Corporate Citizenship as a Metaphor for Business Participation in Society’ Business Ethics Quarterly 15 (3) 429 - 454


Oliver, C. 1991. Strategic Responses to Institutional Processes,Academy of Management Review, 16(1):145-179.


Rasche, A., de Bakker, F. G. A. and Moon, J. 2013. Complete and Partial Organizing for Corporate Social Responsibility, Journal of Business Ethics, 115: 651-663.


Scherer, A.G., Rasche, A, Palazzo, G and Spicer, A (2016) ‘Managing for Political Corporate Social Responsibility: New Challenges and Directions for PCSR 2.0 Journal of Management Studies 53: 3


Windsor, D (2006) ’Corporate social responsibility: three key approaches Journal of Management Studies 43: 1


Last updated on 31-05-2017