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2017/2018  MA-MMBAO1501U  Leading Responsible Corporations and Supply Chain Management

English Title
Leading Responsible Corporations and Supply Chain Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Master of Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jesper Rangvid - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Last updated on 30-06-2017

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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:
  • Be able to apply different theories and perspectives to analyze and evaluate specific responsibility challenges, such as doing business in a ‘corrupt’ environment, championing equal rights in a ‘despotic’ milieu, and being sensitive to culturally-established practices that contradict the values of the corporation.
  • Be able to compare and combine theories and frameworks to draw out implications and provide inputs for developing the business case a firm’s social responsibility strategy.
  • Be able to present a comprehensive, critical and reflexive ‘social responsibility mapping’ of a firm, in terms of the firm’s CSR values, practices, strategies and shortcomings.
  • Be able to describe and classify different analytical frameworks and concepts in relation to the supply chain management principles.
  • Be able to critically appraise and evaluate the various supply chain management constructs and their linkages to firm performance.
  • Be able to develop capabilities to apply chain management concepts into their own and other business contexts and reflect upon to the role of SCM in their organizations and other business contexts.
Leading Responsible Corporations and Supply Chain Management:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A written case assignment based on a case or a subject chosen by the teacher. The assignment must be formulated and given to the students at least nine days prior to the expiration of the deadline. It should be 15 pages long and submitted to CBSLearn. The exam is held internally, and the assignment is put forward and assessed by the relevant faculty.
The make-up/re-examination will be held as an oral examination 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.
Description of the exam procedure

A written case assignment partnered with the Supply Chain Management course not longer than 15 pages is to be uploaded to CBSLearn. Details to be followed.

Course content and structure

The purpose for this module is to explore, evaluate and critically appraise the ways in which leading corporations manage their business and supply chain operations through a number of lenses.  Initially, the module will identify and discuss a range of social and ethical paradigms within the domain of corporate responsibility.  It will then continue by examining emerging business models for supply chain management and the implications for shareholder value and environmental impacts.  By doing so, the module will provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of corporate responsibility and effective supply chain management from both commercial and sustainability standpoints.


Corporations are expected to contribute to the social environment they are functioning within today. By concentrating on the diverse ways that social values manifest themselves in society, the course aims to familiarize course participants with various approaches and perspectives in evaluating a firm’s responsibility towards its employees, customers, business partners, competitors, society, the environment, and even the world. The objective is to provide an honest and holistic understanding of the complex relationships between business and society, which have tremendous implications for human resource management, marketing, internationalization, investor relation management, and other activities of the firm. This course takes a cross-disciplinary – including philosophy, sociology, anthropology and management – approach.

Further, many of the social, ethical and environmental issues can be attributed to supply chain operations.  While this is the case, supply chains are also increasingly being seen as a key to unlock customer value and gain completive advantage.  However, effective management of supply chains is often difficult due to their complex and dynamic nature which therefore necessitates a business wide, co-ordinated and integrated response.  Consequently, a key objective of this module is to explore the concepts and principles that companies exploit to gain competitive advantage through their supply chain operations while maintaining good corporate and environmental citizenship.


The course will have resonance with those students from both product and service backgrounds, as many of the concepts discussed will be applicable in either context.  More specifically, the course will provide tools and techniques for improving the performance of operations which can equally be applied. 

Teaching methods
The course is structured in 10 sessions, where 5 of them take place in Shanghai, China and each session is focusing on a specific topic. The course has diverse teaching methods using lectures, cases, readings and discussions. The class meetings are interactive and require ongoing engagement of the students.
Feedback during the teaching period
The feedback
Feedback is given to the student together with the grade when written and oral exams have been evaluated.

The evaluation
At the evaluation unit at CBS’s Economic & Analysis department we ask you to evaluate the overall course. In other words if there has been exercise classes and lectures the evaluation should include both. We evaluate every course and faculty to secure and strengthen the professional level of the offered course.
Student workload
Lectures 20 hours
Preparation + Exam 97,5 hours
Study Trip 20 hours
Expected literature

Syllabus will be available, well in time, before the first session.

Last updated on 30-06-2017