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2021/2022  KAN-CCMVI2114U  Corporate Social Responsibility: Moving Beyond Compliance and Addressing the Failings of Contemporary CSR

English Title
Corporate Social Responsibility: Moving Beyond Compliance and Addressing the Failings of Contemporary CSR

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
  • Jacobo Ramirez - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
  • Karen Becker - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact course responsible Jacobo Ramirez (jara.msc@cbs.dk).
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 07/12/2021

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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 nuanced understanding of the complexities associated with the role firms play in comtemporary global society
  • Demonstrate a strong theoretical understanding of the key literature and frameworks that guide contemporary business responsibilities
  • Build a tool kit for examining the interplay of business, environment, and social impacts understanding the data necessary to make informed decisions
  • Demonstrate creative innovative thinking with regard to social responsibility
Course prerequisites
Completed bachelor degree or equivalent.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Moving Beyond Compliance and Adressing the Failings of Contemporary CSR:
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
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Retake exam: 72-hour home assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Course content:

This course will examine the role of firms in society, specifically addressing how they can simultaneously manage shareholder demands for growth, employee desires for meaningful dignified work, and societal expectations related to sustainability and social impact. We will begin by examining the historical context of firms as agents of social and community development as well as their interaction with governments and civil society. We will then move to examine the contemporary environment with particular emphasis on various models for firms to act as responsible innovative corporate citizens. As part of this course students will learn about various frameworks and tools which firms use to develop, implement, assess, and communicate about their social and environmental impacts. We complete our study with a look to toward the future. Throughout the course, a particular focus will be on business innovation as a path for achieving economic growth and addressing the sustainable development goals.


Course structure:

Preliminary assignment: read the articles listed in the literature list and prepare to discuss them in class.

Class 1: Historical Perspective 
Class 2: Contemporary CSR Models 
Class 3: Corporate Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship 
Class 4: The Role of Conscious Leadership and Governance 
Class 5: The Role of Employees 
Class 6: The Role of Suppliers  


Feedback activity: Proposal and Paper Reviews 


Class 7: The Role of Governments and Civil Society 
Class 8: The Role of Customers and Communities 
Class 9: Innovation and Environmental Impact 
Class 10: Innovation and Social Impact 
Class 11: Looking Forward 

Description of the teaching methods
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will have advisory meetings to review project proposals and progress..
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Ordinary 6 week course


Preliminary Assignment: 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.


Course and exam timetable is/will be available on https://www.cbs.dk/en/study/international-summer-university/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/en/study/international-summer-university/courses-and-exams in start March.

Expected literature

Mandatory readings:

Conscious Capitalism: liberating the heroic spirit of business. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business Review Press. Mackey, John, 1954- and Rajendra. 


For the preliminary assignment:

Mackey, J. & Sisodia, R. (2013). Conscious capitalism: liberating the heroic spirit of business. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business Review Press.--  Introduction and Parts 1 and 2  

Hsieh, N. H. (2017). The responsibilities and role of business in relation to society: Back to basics?. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(2), 293-314.

Giuliani, E. (2018). Regulating global capitalism amid rampant corporate wrongdoing—Reply to “Three frames for innovation policy”. Research Policy, 47(9), 1577-1582.

Fyke, J. P., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2013). The ethics of conscious capitalism: Wicked problems in leading change and changing leaders. Human Relations, 66(12), 1619-1643.



Last updated on 07/12/2021