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040165 VK Corporate Social Responsibility of the International Firm (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

This course familiarizes participants with the discourse on social responsibilities of private corporations. Diverse schools of thought from moral philosophy are taught in the theory-driven part of the course. Theories and concepts from the social and economic sciences regarding (im)morality of action complement this knowledge framework. Participants hone analytical abilities by identifying and articulating ethical dilemmas that arise in practice in the international business environment with the help of instructive case-studies. The aim of the course is to improve awareness of ethical principles and empower participants to critically evaluate legitimate stakeholder interests and incorporate them into ethically sound decision-making.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 60 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 04.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 07.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 09.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 11.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 18.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 21.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will offer an introduction to theory and concepts in corporate social responsibility (CSR). The focus will be on understanding a CSR perspective towards a firm’s strategic planning so that a firm is/should be managed in the interests of a broad set of stakeholders to achieve maximum economic and social value over time.
This course aims to promote students’ analytical thinking and active learning about a sustainable business model for the twenty-first century. The course introduces students to foundations of CSR in general, and basics of strategic thinking towards CSR, in particular. Further, the objective is to develop students’ ability to apply CSR concepts to practical business situations.
This course combines a lecture-centered approach with a student-centered approach to learning. Thus, students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and read the provided course materials.

Assessment and permitted materials

• 30% class participation and assignments
• 30% presentation
• 40% final written exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50 %

Examination topics

Materials covered during the course

Reading list

The course is initially based on the book of Chandler and Werther (2014), Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders, Globalization, and Sustainable Value Creation. SAGE Publications, Inc. Further readings will be provided during the course time.

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