M.A. in Responsible Management – Program Syllabus

The curriculum of the Master of Arts in Responsible Management (MRM) is composed of various seminars that are classified as either General Management (GM) or Responsible Management (RM) seminars. Enrolled students are provided with detailed information regarding the content and schedule of each seminar.

Corporate Ethics Management

Shot of a group of young women sitting together in the libraryToday’s managers must concern themselves with ethical issues in order to minimize legal risks and damage to their businesses and protect their employees and consumers. A foundation in the historical, philosophical and cultural aspects of ethical corporate behavior prepares leaders in every industry to deal with the situations that inevitably arise, and that do not always have easy answers. More than ever, consumers and investors expect integrity and ethical behavior from the companies they buy from and support.

Course Objectives:
  • Gain a firm understanding of the current conception of Corporate Ethics and Corporate Ethics Management through the review of philosophical debates and historical developments
  • Analyze the conditions that aid or impede “responsible” behavior
  • Deconstruct neo-classical economic theory (i.e. the negligible role of freedom of managerial action due to the necessities of profit maximization) in order to construct alternative approaches to managerial freedom and decision-making
  • Build a foundation for practicing ethical decision making in the real world

Corporate Responsibility Management I

Shot of a group of young women sitting together in the libraryA successful and sustainable business means more than financial results. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a company’s business model, which aims to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions. An effective CR policy guides a company’s voluntary actions and results in positive impact through a business’ activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders.

Course Objectives:
  • Map the scope of Corporate Responsibility Management and its objectives through the review of various conceptual and analytical lenses
  • Develop a critically reflective approach to Corporate Responsibility (CR) theory, enabling you to take a stance on the central normative questions of CR Management
  • Build an understanding of how to manage economic, social and environmental business performance
  • Determine the respective benefits, weaknesses and relevance of a variety of models and frameworks used for implementing CR in the workplace
  • Work through real-life scenarios and case studies and develop problem-solving skills

Corporate Responsibility Management II

Shot of a group of young women sitting together in the libraryThe separate seminars of Human Rights Management and Leadership are delivered together as a single module in Corporate Responsibility Management II – M.A. Corporate Social Responsibility Management.

Human Rights Management

The relationship between human rights and business is as complex as it is controversial. There is no doubt that business has a serious impact on human rights, historically more adverse than beneficial, but what should the obligations of business to protect human rights be? This seminar of Human Rights Management is designed to foster lively discussions and thought-provoking ideas in respect to your future actions as business leaders.

Course Objectives:
  • Explore the business-human rights nexus with a particular focus on case studies from around the world
  • Discuss the ethical, legal and practical questions surrounding Human Rights in groups and on an individual level
  • Analyze practical instruments, such as human rights impact assessments and human rights reporting
  • Explore potential opportunities of Business and Human Rights Management.
Leadership

Leadership is central to all Corporate Social Responsibility topics, and responsible leaders are needed now more than ever. Effective and responsible leadership is a complex mixture of applied sciences, experience and individual competency. This seminar covers topics such as managing diversity, interpersonal dynamics, working with and managing teams, using power and influence, conflict management, negotiation, and organizational behavior.

Course Objectives:
  • Build a framework for understanding the influence of socio-economic structures, corporate structures and culture on strategic, operational and personal leadership
  • Explore important & long-term change drivers and their effects on leadership in organizations
  • Review basic management and leadership practices and leadership ethics
  • Analyze the connection between effective and sustainable leadership and learn the fundamentals of successful sustainable leadership
  • Explore the leadership challenges managers are facing in modern organizations

Environmental Sustainability

Shot of a group of young women sitting together in the libraryThe effects of a changing climate have already begun to impact society and business alike. Forward thinking companies are tackling this and other issues of environmental sustainability in their business models in order to build more resilient organizations. This seminar combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, environment and society with an applied examination of the various approaches to managing environmental issues as part of corporate responsibility. The seminar is given by two lecturers exploring different, but related, sub-topics of Environmental Sustainability. Examine two of the central issues to Environmental Sustainability within the business context: climate change at both the EU and international level & sustainable economic growth.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand the various tools and mechanisms for responsible climate change management and climate protection.
  • Analyze the political and economic approaches to resource efficiency, challenges of biodiversity and ecosystem service.
  • Explore the business opportunities that can come from environmental challenges

Integrative General Management

Shot of a group of young women sitting together in the libraryYou do not need to have “sustainability” or “Corporate Responsibility” in your job title to affect an organization’s social or environmental impact. In fact, roles in traditional departments like HR, Marketing, Finance and Operations are full of opportunities for applying Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles, and often have the most influence over the way a business operates. For a business to be truly responsible, CR must be implemented throughout the organizational structure. This seminar takes an in-depth look at how to identify and implement responsible management principals through any job function and at every level. Examine two of the central issues to Environmental Sustainability within the business context: climate change at both the EU and international level & sustainable economic growth.

Course Objectives:
  • Explore the application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through various managerial functions including:
  • Human Resources – How can HR be proactive in leading the establishment of a CSR-enabled culture within a business? In relating the challenges and the opportunities of the field, you examine the internal conflicts and questions about the relevance of CSR to HR and its possibility to act in a new, purposeful way within an organization.
  • Marketing – Gain an understanding of Marketing Management from both the services and relationship marketing perspectives and explore how marketing can contribute to economic and ethical responsibility. Topics covered include social and economic exchange, resources and rights, value proposition, cooperation and competition, resource integration, & customer integration (value co-creation).
  • Accounting & Finance – Explore the social, environmental and economic indicators used in the field and learn how to reinterpret traditional financial management tools in order to manage the triple bottom line within a business.
  • Research & Development – Learn how sustainable innovation can be used to improve the social and environmental impact of products and processes within a business.
  • Operations – Explore the social and environmental factors of the operational level of business while highlighting ways to responsibly manage its inbound and outbound logistics.
  • Procurement & Supply Chain Management – Learn ways to translate good social and environmental practices from the internal business dimension to the companies upstream and downstream the supply chain.

Project Management and Social Entrepreneurship

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Course Objectives:

Without implementation no good idea can be realized. Having effective project management skills is crucial to any role, in every industry. A good project manager maximizes resources, streamlines processes, controls costs and delivers results. Entrepreneurship involves an altogether different skill set, but is also extremely valuable to leaders in business. Social Entrepreneurship, in particular, is a relatively new and inspiring concept. Unlike traditional entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurs work to generate “social value” rather than profits. This is a joint seminar showing the linkages between successful project management and entrepreneurial skills.

Project Management
  • Learn tools for effectively and efficiently managing projects (responsible management projects in particular)
  • Explore the main factors for successful project management: project planning, project implementation & project evaluation and documentation.
  • Review the causes and solutions to a range of issues including balancing constraints with a client’s expectations, management of work commitments, and overcoming resistance to change.
Entrepreneurship
  • Explore both mainstream and socio-environmental entrepreneurship through various approaches
  • Apply entrepreneurial tools such as business plans, financing, and growth approaches to real-life examples