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50905-01 - Lecture: Principled Leadership: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2018
Course frequency Irregular
Lecturers Christopher I Rider (, Assessor)
Content This course consists of two related modules that consider ethics and corporate social responsibility, respectively, from the perspective of organizational leaders. The two modules are designed to prepare students to lead ethical and responsible organizations that are consistent with their values. Each module draws extensively upon social science theory and empirical evidence to inform individual-specific perspectives on ethicality and responsibility. Students will be expected to analyze business news articles and case studies for each module. Through reflective assignments, students will develop their leadership values, styles, and methods. Each module culminates in a group exercise that reinforces the module learning objectives.

1) Leading the Ethical Organization

This module addresses both individual and organizational causes and consequences of unethical behavior. We also discuss how participants and observers interpret these behaviors through different ethical lenses.

Social psychological theories inform our consideration of how individuals justify unethical behavior. Empirical evidence from experimental and observational studies also inform this understanding. We then discuss how leaders can shape organizational contexts in ways that discourage unethical behavior and encourage ethical behavior.

By the end of the module, students will appreciate how what is and is not considered ethical varies across both individuals and organizations. Students will also be prepared to lead organizations that reflect their ethical principles.

2) Leading the Socially Responsible Organization

This module addresses why and how corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters for global companies. We discuss diverse perspectives on the social responsibilities of the modern corporation.

Various theories and empirical studies inform our understanding of how a company can be viewed both favorably and unfavorably by different groups (e.g., investors, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators). We apply the strategic value creation framework to identify how these groups’ concerns influence corporate costs, market prices, and customer willingness to pay.

By the end of the module, students will appreciate how corporate social responsibility can be a source of competitive advantage in markets and industries. Students will accordingly be prepared to create and capture greater economic value for their organizations by attending to CSR considerations.
Bibliography • Bandura, A., Barbaranelli, C., Caprara, G. V., & Pastorelli, C. (1996). “Mechanisms of moral disengagement in the exercise of moral agency.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71(2), 364-374.
• Porter, M. E. and M. R. Kramer (2006). “Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility.” Harvard Business Review, 84(12): 78-92.
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Course application Course application:
All applications have to be processed through the Summer School office. Please fill in the application form, which can be found on the weblink:

There is an orientation for all Summer School courses on Thursday 1 March, 2018; 17:00 at the WWZ, Auditorium.
The online application is open from 2 March until 26 March 2018. Applications that are submitted by 12 March (23:59) will be handled on a priority basis.
For more information please visit the Summer School website:
The enrollment for the lecture is at the same time the application for the exam!
If there are still vacancies, we will accept late applications until 31 May 2018.

Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval Weekday Time Room

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Modules Electives Bachelor Business and Economics: Recommendations (Bachelor Business and Economics)
Electives Bachelor Business and Economics: Recommendations (Bachelor's degree subject: Business and Economics)
Assessment format end-of-semester examination
Assessment registration/deregistration Registration/deregistration: faculty
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty Faculty of Business and Economics ,
Offered by Faculty of Business and Economics