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2021/2022  KAN-CCMVI2112U  Partnership for the Goals: Cross - Sector Collaboration to adress Societal Challenges

English Title
Partnership for the Goals: Cross - Sector Collaboration to adress Societal Challenges

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 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Francesco Caccioni
    Chin Ruamps - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact course responsible Chin Ruamps (wcr.egb@cbs.dk) or Francesco Caccioni (fc.egb@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-02-2022

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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:
  • Identify key concepts in the organisational literature on business-NGOs partnerships
  • Identify and discuss contemporary cases of how CSR strategies are understood and actualised in business-NGOs partnerships
  • Analyse and evaluate organisational challenges as well as the ethical complications inherent in business-NGOs partnerships using theoretical perspectives covered in the course
  • Formulate and justify recommendations for creating effective, sustainable and ethical and business-NGOs partnerships using theoretical perspectives addressed in the course
Course prerequisites
Completed Bachelor degree or equivalent
Partnership for the Goals: Cross-Sector Coolaboration to Adress Societal Challenges:
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 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 and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up exams/re-exams: Individual assignment - written product
1. and 2 re-take exam is a 72- hour home assignment, 10 pages.
the 1st. retake will take place in week 38-39
the 2nd. retake will take place in week 47
Description of the exam procedure

The students will complete a 15 page max. independent research paper on a topic of their choice. The paper will be based on the course literature and additional academic sources chosen by the student. The course will support the development of a strong problem statement for organising the paper's thesis.  Students will be expected to use the entire course period for development of the ideas and research in their final paper.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In the last years, many scholars have highlighted that crises—from geopolitical conflicts, social inequality, financial instability, global warming, to global pandemic—are now integral features of global reality. Businesses recognise the growing importance of partnerships, since stakeholders insistently demand for better CSR strategies while companies struggle to progress on these goals alone. Ultimately, business-NGOs collaborations create value by allowing businesses to realise their corporate social responsibility ambitions, while enabling non-profit humanitarian NGOs to execute humanitarian programmes on social and environmental crises.  


The underlying question of the course is the following: How can businesses collaborate with humanitarian NGOs to tackle the societal challenges in a sustainable and ethical way? Creating effective, sustainable and ethical partnerships is not a straightforward task. Businesses and non-profit humanitarian organisations can face various obstacles during their search for an ideal partner, while designing the partnership, or during the collaboration itself. In this course, we will explore the organisational challenges as well as the ethical complications inherent in business-NGOs partnerships.


The course is organised in three main blocks: The first block will focus on different types of business-NGOs collaboration. The second block will discuss whether and how, if possible, to align business objectives with humanitarian principles. In the third block, students will meet practitioners who implemented impact partnerships in different organisations (for instances, UNHCR, Novo Nordisk, IRC, UNICEF etc.). Based on case study discussions, students will learn about different examples of business-NGOs partnerships, and they will acquire some practical tools to create effective, sustainable and ethical cross-sector collaborations

Description of the teaching methods
The course will combine lectures with interactive discussion around the perspectives introduced in the readings. To facilitate discussion, every session has an element of group work for engaging the theories we use with real world examples. Some of the group work will be devoted to working with case examples which students will prepare and discuss together in their groups, while others will be used to analyse more deeply the texts from the lectures.
Feedback during the teaching period
The main way for students to obtain feedback on their readings and work for this course is through active participation in class. Feedback takes place as part of the teaching, via questions and discussion. The case exercises serve as feedback as the students are encouraged to reflect, discuss and develop concepts in relation to an empirical case. Students are expected to attend lectures and discussion sessions, to come prepared and participate actively.

Student workload
class participation 33 hours
prelimerary assignment 10 hours
preparation for classes and exam 115 hours
final independent research paper 48 hours
Further Information

The course coordinator uploads Preliminary Assignment on Canvas at the end of May. It is expected that students participate as it will be included in the final exam, but the assignment is without independent assessment&grading.


Ordinary 6 weeks course
Course and exam timetable is/will be 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 in start March.

Last updated on 15-02-2022