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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 120
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor: Karen Becker, Associate Professor of Marketing and Interndisciplinary Business, The College of New Jersey.
    Sven Bislev - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact instructor Karen Becker at kbecker@tcnj.edu
Other academic questions: contact academic director Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12/11/2019

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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 Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: 4 hour written exam in the period of 27–31 July 2020
Retake exam: 4 hour written exams 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
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
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.
Retake exam: 4 hour written sit-in exam, 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
All teaching takes place on campus (notice that face-to-face teaching may include the use of online materials and tools.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will practice a full-scale case analysis in class, then make a presentation on their analysis and recieved feedback on both process and solution.
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 12/11/2019