040220 SE Seminar Organization and Personnel (MA) (2018S)
- Registration is open from We 14.02.2018 09:00 to We 21.02.2018 12:00
- Deregistration possible until We 14.03.2018 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Introductory on 09.03.2018
Seminar papers are due on 16.08.2018
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
(2) Seminar papers must not exceed 15 pages (minimum 11 pica letter size; double-spaced typing; 3 cm margins all around; including all figures, tables, and references). They must use appropriate citation and reference rules and obey the general ethical principles of scientific work. Seminar papers are due on 16.08.2018. One hard-copy must be handed over to the chair’s secretarial office during regular office hours; a PDF-copy must be uploaded to the Moodle-page of the course.
(3) Every student must individually submit a seminar paper. Each paper must contain an introduction in which the student summarizes the seminar presentations and discussions and explains the contribution of his/her presentation to this discussion. In preparing both seminar papers as well as the seminar presentation, students should be aware that the papers provided in the topics list above only constitute introductory (entry) reading material. They are required to engage in additional literature research. Apart from the university library services, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and EconLit may provide appropriate search engines.
(4) If two (or more) students are assigned to the same topic, they must provide a coordinated joint presentation. The “working language” during seminar sessions is English. The maximum time per presentation is 45 minutes for a single presenter and one hour for a joint presentation. The sequence of presentations strictly follows the numbering of topics in the list below. Students are expected to prepare supporting slides and/or hand-outs and to speak “freely” during their presentations. Slides and other accompanying material must be uploaded to the Moodle-page of the course one week ahead of the presentation.
(5) Students are required to actively participate in the classroom discussions and should be aware that the lecturer can call upon them for comments at any time during the seminar. In particular, they can be asked to introduce the session’s topic as it relates to the seminar’s general theme.
(6) Complete attendance of each session of the seminar is obligatory. Absolutely no exceptions apply. Leaves will only be granted in cases of illnesses or if the person demanding a leave is required to participate in an official activity of the University, Faculty, or Institute. In the first case, the doctor’s medical certificate must be presented to the Research Group’s office immediately (i. e. latest by the first working day following the absence day). Failure to comply with this rule leads to a no-pass grade. Passing grades can generally not be earned by students who miss more than 20% of the total class-time.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Bénabou, Roland, and Jean Tirole. "Individual and corporate social responsibility." Economica 77.305 (2010): 1-19.(A) CSR motives(1) Preemption/reinforcement of regulation
Brouhle, Keith, Charles Griffiths, and Ann Wolverton. "Evaluating the role of EPA policy levers: An examination of a voluntary program and regulatory threat in the metal-finishing industry." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 57.2 (2009): 166-181.(2) Response to social pressure
Innes, Robert, and Abdoul G. Sam. "Voluntary pollution reductions and the enforcement of environmental law: An empirical study of the 33/50 program." The Journal of Law and Economics 51.2 (2008): 271-296.(3) Following own social preferences
Baron, David P. "Morally motivated self-regulation." The American Economic Review 100.4 (2010): 1299-1329.(B) CSR strategies(1) Product differentiation
Davies, Iain A., Zoe Lee, and Ine Ahonkhai. "Do consumers care about ethical-luxury?" Journal of Business Ethics 106.1 (2012): 37-51.(2) Market entry barriers
Fernández‐Kranz, Daniel, and Juan Santaló. "When necessity becomes a virtue: The effect of product market competition on corporate social responsibility." Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 19.2 (2010): 453-487.(3) Reputation effects
Elfenbein, Daniel W., Ray Fisman, and Brian McManus. "Charity as a substitute for reputation: Evidence from an online marketplace." Review of Economic Studies 79.4 (2012): 1441-1468.(4) Greenwashing
(5) Kim, Eun-Hee, and Thomas P. Lyon. "Strategic environmental disclosure: Evidence from the DOE's voluntary greenhouse gas registry." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61.3 (2011): 311-326.(C) CSR as delegated responsibility(1) Responsible investors
Chatterji, Aaron K., David I. Levine, and Michael W. Toffel. "How well do social ratings actually measure corporate social responsibility?." Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 18.1 (2009): 125-169.(2) Employee satisfaction
Lanfranchi, Joseph, and Sanja Pekovic. "How green is my firm? Worker well-being and job involvement in environmentally-related certified firms." Ecological Economics 100 (2014): 16-29.(3) Top management relations
Cespa, Giovanni, and Giacinta Cestone. "Corporate social responsibility and managerial entrenchment." Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 16.3 (2007): 741-771.(D) CSR and performance(1) Financial performance of the firm
Surroca, Jordi, Josep A. Tribó, and Sandra Waddock. "Corporate responsibility and financial performance: The role of intangible resources." Strategic management journal 31.5 (2010): 463-490.(2) Social contribution
Dam, Lammertjan, and Bert Scholtens. "Environmental regulation and MNEs location: Does CSR matter?." Ecological Economics 67.1 (2008): 55-65.