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2023/2024  KAN-CCMVA2402U  Responsible Business for Digital Transformation

English Title
Responsible Business for Digital Transformation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 2.5 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
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and GMA (CM)
Course coordinator
  • Course coordinator
    Faith Hatani - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 20-12-2023

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Learning objectives
The main learning objectives are as follows;
  • Explain academic concepts and theoretical frameworks relevant to responsible/sustainable business for digital transformation, and appropriately apply them to your analysis.
  • Examine challenges that firms may face in their attempt to promote digital transformation in a responsible manner.
  • Identify social and societal issues and key stakeholders in a given context, and assess how their interactions promote or hinder responsible/sustainable digital transformation in the context.
  • Critically assess firms’ practices and elaborate on the positive and negative impacts of their business practices in view of their contribution to the sustainability of society.
  • Develop and demonstrate your own arguments about the role of business actors in digital transformation, and suggest actionable strategies and policy implications in a proper academic style.
Course prerequisites
The course is open to all postgraduate students. However, insights into the role of business in promoting responsible business and a good understanding of the nexus between business strategy and government policy are essential. The knowledge of interdisciplinary analysis encompassing international business, global value chains, industrial policy and political economy will be advantageous.
Responsible Business for Digital Transformation:
Exam ECTS 2,5
Examination form Active participation

The completion of this course is based on active student participation in class. The course will be considered as passed if the students participation - based on an overall assessment - in the class activities fulfill the learning objectives of the course. The individual student’s participation is assessed by the teacher.
The student must participate in A combination of assignment and presentation
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Assessed solely by the teacher
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam Oral exam based on written product
The oral part of the re-take is online.
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.
Size of written product: Max. 5 pages
Assignment type: Essay
Duration: 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Examiner(s): If it is an internal examination, there will be a second internal examiner at the re-exam. If it is an external examination, there will be an external examiner.
Description of activities
A combination of assignment and presentation: .

1. The student must deliver a presentation in groups, which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. A complete set of presentation slides (approx. 10 slides)  must be submitted on Canvas a day before the presentation.

The presentations will take place during the class sessions (expected to be in the second week of the course). The overall subject will be assigned in line with the course's theme, but students need to choose the case firm and key topics and decide the research question by themselves (in groups).

2. Each group will be assigned other roles (e.g., discussants, minute-takers) across presentation sessions. Each group distribute/coordinate tasks in the group and fulfill their tasks for other groups’ presentations. More details and guidance will be provided during the course. 

3. In addition the student must participate in minimum 80 % of the scheduled teaching.

To pass the course, each student must complete all requirements above in a professional and satisfactory manner. 
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Digital Transformation involves business processes and practices to help the organization compete effectively in an increasingly digital world. The adoption of new digital technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), has grown across a vast array of industries, as well as our daily lives. However, concerns about the ethics surrounding the implementation of those technologies have also increased. Thus, it is crucial for us to obtain a comprehensive overview of key ethical questions and normative issues. To this end, this course critically examines the implications of digital technologies and their various impacts on business, and considers societal challenges from the perspective of international business and management studies.


In particular, the course centres on sustainability-oriented innovation and responsible business development/practices, rather than technical aspects. The first week of the course will explain some major business/management frameworks, such as institutional perspectives, Innovation systems, and global value chains. The second week will be mostly dedicated to students' group presentations. Throughout the course, students are required to take part in class activities and discussions, investigating the ethical/moral challenges in promoting digital transition in different contexts.


Description of the teaching methods
The course includes lectures on analytical frameworks, class discussions and presentations by students. Each lecture topic will be taught through theories/concepts and case studies. Students’ active interactions and knowledge-sharing relevant to the course contents will form an integral part.

In addition to fulfilling assigned activities, students are required to attend at least 80% of the class sessions. Thus, attendance will be taken and documented throughout the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
- Oral feedback on in-class discussions
- Q&A in the Discussion Forum on the Canvas platform.
Students can obtain continuous feedback through proactive participation in class activities.
Student workload
Lectures (including presentation sessions) 18 hours
Course preparation/self-studying and exam 52 hours
Total 70 hours
Further Information

2 week course that cannot be combined with any other course.

Expected literature

Background reading:

Last updated on 20-12-2023