MSc in Management

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility


Course Contents
This course provides an introduction to principles of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR can be defined as a “guiding policy whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their own mission, strategies and operations and in their interactions with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis”. (EU Commission 2011).


  • Business ethics in different organizational contexts (globalization, sustainability)
  • Normative ethical theories in the global context
  • Models of ethical decision making
  • Influences on ethical decision making
  • CSR history, approaches, definitions • Understanding CSR and CSR impacts
  • Strategic CSR and shared value approach
  • CSR & stakeholder involvement
  • Drivers and success factors of CSR
  • CSR Reporting – GRI (G4)
  • Future outlook


Learning Objectives
The aim of this course is to develop students’ understanding of business ethics in different organizational context and to frame it towards the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. In a complex multi stakeholder world, businesses face major ethical challenges such as corporate citizenship, globalization, and sustainability. This course should help students to improve their ability to make ethical decisions in business by providing them with a framework that they can use to identify, analyze, and resolve ethical issues in business decision making. Furthermore, students should be able to understand, describe and evaluate CSR from the stakeholder perspective.


Prof. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher