M.A. in Responsible Management – Program Outline

The Master of Arts in Responsible Management (MRM) aims to give students a broad overview of responsible management within the business context, specifically focusing on theoretical debates within the discipline, business ethics, sustainability and strategic management.

The courses equip participants with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to be responsible managers. The key learning objectives of the program, in conjunction with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME), are:

  • to impart students with the theoretical and practical debates within the discipline
  • to challenge students to think strategically, multi-dimensionally and innovatively regarding business management and processes
  • to provide students with the knowledge, skills and awareness required to be responsible managers
  • to develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large, and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy

Program Benefits

Program Benefits for Students

Guided by a holistic understanding and practice of leadership, the program enables students to develop competent leadership behavior by teaching basic techniques that establish and reinforce Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability.

Knowledge Transfer

  • gaining access to established and up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge
  • learning current international CSR and Corporate Ethics Standards

Blended Learning

  • studying with a combination of actual and virtual seminars

Project Competence Concept

  • developing and implementing a study project, which is a substantial part of the study, in line with individual/organizational interests

Program Benefits for Organizations

By providing employees the opportunity to pursue the degree concurrent to their work, organizations foster and fine-tune their staff’s skills without losing out on their input during studies. Companies faced with a specific challenge within their business have access to the latest knowledge in the field through their sponsored student(s).
Practice-Based Project Competence Concept

  • concrete knowledge transfer into business practice and corporate projects
  • opportunity to recruit external Master Program students to work on intra-corporate projects
  • innovative knowledge transfer fitting to the requirements and constraints of the globalist business environment

Effective Risk Management

  • exposure to relevant issues in Responsible Management as factors of innovation and competitiveness, as well as risk management strategy

Flexible Learning

Flexible Study Duration

As our students are busy with their professional lives and need flexibility, ICRM offers variable study duration. Students can apply for MRM several times during the year.

Students are always provided with alternative examination and thesis submission dates.

Recognition of Previous Studies

Students who have studied relevant topics of Responsible Management in their previous studies have the opportunity to decrease their work load in MRM.

Courses completed in former studies (i.e. university/training programs, project works, etc.) can be recognized with between 8 and 32 ECTS credit points in MRM.

Note: Courses can be credited only once.

Additional Program Focus

Students who wish to delve deeper into a specific topic can choose to attend an additional issue-specific course from the elective seminars that is in line with their interests, provided that there are at least ten students willing to attend the course. This option is specifically designed for organizations which sponsor the study of ten or more employees.

Study Tools


All MRM students receive access to the ICRM Moodle e-learning platform. Moodle allows students to download scripts, presentations and various materials that our lecturers provide and get access to the EBSCO Online Research Database. Moodle includes many features to engage students in an interactive dialogue and learning experience outside the InClass time.


Most of the copies of books that are suggested by the lecturers are available at the ICRM library. Especially during InClass periods students are encouraged to browse the library and borrow a small selection.

EBSCO Business Source® Complete

Business Source® Complete is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full-text content. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,300 journals, Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 40,000 most-cited authors in the database. Journal ranking studies reveal that Business Source Complete is the overwhelmingly superior database for full-text journals across all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, faculty seminars (videos), and more.