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2019/2020  BA-BHAAI1078U  Contemporary Business Ethics and Responsibilities: A Global Strategic Decision-Making Perspective

English Title
Contemporary Business Ethics and Responsibilities: A Global Strategic Decision-Making Perspective

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 140
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Karen Becker - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact instructor Karen Becker at kbe.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 16/04/2020

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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:
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the contemporary frameworks and models used for ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility..
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the frameworks and models to develop best-available solutions to complex problems.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of both quantiative and qualitative data for ethical and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Demonstrate creative innovative thinking with regard to ethical positions and social responsibility outcomes.
  • Be able to identify key actors, potential challenges, and opportunities for firms as they address global issues.
Course prerequisites
Contemporary Business Ethics and Responsibilities: A Global Strategic Decision-Making Perspective:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
4 hour home assignment. No requirement for maximum number of pages.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: 4 hour home assignment in the period of 27–31 July 2020
Retake exam: 4 hour home assignment in the period of 28 September–2 October 2020
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignment- 23-26 November 2020 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously

Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Retake exam: 4 hour home assignment, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In that businesses operate in an global economy where markets are shaped by social, cultural, and political forces, it is imperative that students understand the interplay of these forces and the dynamic impact they have on the business. This course will provide students with a global multidisciplinary perspective on international business ethics and social responsibilities, and use applied ethical reasoning and analysis to examine many of the normative issues posed by this contemporary interplay. Within this framework, we will examine contemporary models of business responsibility and their economic and social assumptions. Further we will analyze specific contemporary cases, such as supply chain standards and transparency, environmental reporting, and misleading advertising, where ethics and business strategy seemed to conflict. Students will practice their ethical analysis and decision-making skills through daily case work as they develop “best” available soliutions that are reflective of the scope and scale of international business operations.


Preliminary assignment:

 Read: Kline, J (2010). Ethics for International Business. Routledge Press. Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 10 and Chapter 11.

Prepare: Find an example of a contemporary case where the interests of business, society, and governments conflict. Prepare a 2 page anlaysis of the situation and determine a best course of action.

Class 1:Introduction to the Contemporary Debates and Historical Context

Class 2: Ethical Decision-Making Frameworks and Ethical Analysis tools

Class 3: Contemporary CSR Models - Integrating Ethics and Economics

Class 4: Labor, Supply Chain, and Human Rights
Class 5: Product Design, Use and Disposal
Class 6: Marketing Motives and Messages

Class 7:  Feedback activity: Case Practice

Class 8: Focus on Sustainability
Class 9: Focus on Poverty
Class 10: Focus on Peace
Class 11: Innovation and Impact

Description of the teaching methods
This year all courses are taught digitally over the Internet. Instructors will apply a mixture of direct teaching through a live link (like Skype, Team, Zoom…) and indirect, where visual pre-recorded material is uploaded on Canvas. The instructor will inform participants about the precise format on Canvas.
Feedback during the teaching period
Further information on Canvas.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information
Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.
Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams
We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams end March 2020.
Expected literature

Mandatory readings:



Kline, J (2010). Ethics for International Business.  Routledge Press.



All other readings will linked on the course web-site/Canvas and are a mix of journal articles, industry reports, company SCR reports and news articles.



Last updated on 16/04/2020