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2019/2020  KAN-CCMVI2032U  Business and Society: Beyond Compliance toward Sustainability, Innovation and Social Impact

English Title
Business and Society: Beyond Compliance toward Sustainability, Innovation and Social Impact

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc 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
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Strategy
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 mature and nuanced understanding of the role of the firm in society
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the theoretical CSR models and frameworks used for analyzing the interplay of businesses and their various stakeholders
  • Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate models and frameworks, and understand their limitations in ethical responsible decision making
  • Demonstrate creative innovative thinking with regard to social responsibility and the role of the firm in addressing global challenges
  • Be able to prepare a data-driven contextually sound research report on a key area within CSR
Course prerequisites
Business and Society: Beyond Compliance toward Sustainability, Innovation and Social Impact:
Exam ECTS 7.5
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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: Home Assignment: 23/24 June-24 July 2020. Please note that exam will start on the first teaching day and will run in parallel with the course.
Retake exam: Home Assignment: 72-hour home assignment: 5–8 October 2020 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously
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: 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course will explore the role firms play in the development of a global civil society. We will begin by examining the historical context of firms as agents of social and community development as well as their interaction with governments. We will then move to examine the contemporary environment with particular emphasis on differences across cultural and political lines. As part of this course students will learn about various frameworks and tools which firms use to develop, assess, and communicate about their social and environmental impacts. We will examine key issues and challenges for firms in both meeting legal minimum standards and exceeding stakeholder expectations with regard to critical global issues. We complete our study with a look to toward the future. Throughout this course, a particular focus will be on business innovation as a path for achieveing both economic growth and sustainable development goals.

Preliminary assignment:
Class 1: Introduction and HIstorical Perspective - Charity to CSR
Class 2: Contemporary Models and Measurement - CSR to CSI
Class 3: Innovation and Social Business Models - MNEs and SMEs
Class 4: Conscious Leadership - The Role of CEO and Board
Class 5: Internal Stakeholders A: Employees
Class 6: Internal Stakeholders B: Supply Chain
Feedback activity: Review of Proposals - this will be done in the last part of classes 5, 6, 7 and 8
Class 7: External Stakeholders A: Government and Civil Society
Class 8: External Stakeholders B: Customers
Class 9: Innovation and Environmental Impact
Class 10:Innovation and Social Impact
Class 11: Looking forward
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
Students will practice using the models and frameworks to analyze specific case illustrations and reinforce theoretical and application related concepts

Home Project Assignments/mini projects are based on a research question (problem formulation) formulated by the students individually. Approval deadline will be defined by the instructor. Hand-in of the problem formulation directly to the instructor by the 3rd teaching week. .
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:


Series of Articles and Cases which will be posted on the course web- site/Canvas.


Additional relevant readings: 


These will be posted on the course web-site/Canvas.

Last updated on 16/04/2020