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2022/2023  BA-BBLCO2107U  Year 1 Research Project on Business and Organizations for a Sustainable, Global Society

English Title
Year 1 Research Project on Business and Organizations for a Sustainable, Global Society

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Thilde Langevang - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Each group will be assigned a supervisor
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Language
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 27-06-2022

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Learning objectives
At the end of project writing students should be able to:
  • Develop a research question or issue appropriate to the theme: “Sustainable, Global Society as the context for business or organizations.”
  • Present through a literature review the key theories and debates surrounding this topic and the gaps that warrant further social science inquiry.
  • Craft and enact a research methods approach to the stated research issue or question based primarily on secondary sources, with primary sources as optional, depending on the nature of the research issue.
  • Account concisely and critically for the theoretical, analytical, and empirical perspectives and data used in the project.
  • Specify and evaluate the project’s achievements, limitations, and further research prospects.
Year 1 Research Project on Business and Organisations for a Sustainable, Global Society:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-5
Size of written product Max. 40 pages
While the overall maximum page length for First Year projects is, as stated, 40 pages, the maximum page length allowed changes according to group size. Thus, maximum project report length is 30 pages for 3 students. It is 40 pages for project groups of 4-5 students. If granted an exemption to write individually or in pairs, students must submit report of 20 or 30 maximum pages respectively. Exemptions are only given due to unusual circumstances following a dispensation request to the Study Board. No minimum page length is specified for project reports.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the project is failed, a substantial project revision must be undertaken prior to re-submission. To facilitate this, within eight days after the oral examination, the examiners submit a written report on the project to the student(s), outlining ways to improve it.

Re-examination when the regular examination is failed by one group member, is a 30 minute individual oral exam based upon the same project revised according to proposals set by the examiner.

Re-examination when ill at the oral exam is a 30 minutes individual oral exam based upon the same project.

Re-examination when ill during the writing of the project is a 30 minutes individual oral exam based upon an individual written project.
Description of the exam procedure

If granted an exemption to write individually, students have an oral exam of 30 min. If granted an exemption to write in a group of two, students have an oral exam of 40 min. total.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The Year 1 Research Project is a research-oriented, participatory group project in which the student group takes up an original research topic inspired by this theme: “Sustainable, Global Society as the context for business or organizations.” Accordingly, the project group research question or issue focus should be a macro-level cultural inquiry into matters related to the goal(s) of a sustainable, global society within which business or organizations of interest function.


For project work, the self-constituted project groups craft an original research question from BLC course material. Consider course material from globalization and sustainability, cultural analysis, micro or macroeconomics, area studies, or quantitative business. This topical development arises from an analysis of data in coursework and curiosity about ambiguities in society. Working together, the initial research topic is refined from literature review, studied in light of approprate method, and resolved with guidance from an assigned supervisor.


The Year 1 Research Project does not oblige primary data collection or analysis, secondary data is sufficient. That said, primary data sources are welcome if appropriate to the already challenging nature of the First Year Project, with supervisor assent.


The project should be structured as a standard social science report, including an Introduction, where the research issue is stated and literature reviewed, method, data and findings, discussion, references, table, figure, and appendix sections. The American Psychological Association (APA) paper format offers one well-known one way to structure the project report.

Description of the teaching methods
Intro lecture and group work in the formed project groups.
Feedback during the teaching period
In the framework of this project course, feedback is given on the basis of a written assignment, such as a preliminary project proposal. In a scheduled workshop setting the student groups are then given the chance to present their work and receive project proposal specific comments from a designated peer project group and a CBS faculty facilitator.
Student workload
Lectures 9 hours
Project work 196,5 hours
Exam 0,5 hours
In total 206 hours
Expected literature

Research issue or question literature is to be developed by the students with supervisor advisement. BLC appropriate sustainability dimensions can be grounded in:


1. The Copenhagen Business School 2020 Strategy document: https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​files/​cbs.dk/​call_to_action/​cbs_strategy.pdf .


2. The European Higher Education Area (EHEA): “Social dimensions” and other EHEA resources: https:/​/​ehea.info/​page-social-dimension.


3. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( https:/​/​www.un.org/​en/​universal-declaration-human-rights/​), Sustainable Development Goals (https:/​/​sdgs.un.org/​goals), and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact ( https:/​/​www.unglobalcompact.org/​what-is-gc/​mission/​principles).


Or other sources as appropriate to the topic being studied, with supervisor support.

Last updated on 27-06-2022