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BSAD 129 – Ethics & Social Resp in Mgt

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Engages students in reflections on the role and purpose of business organizations in society and questions the sense of human action in these business organizations in order to face future global challenges in a socially responsible and sustainable way. Prerequisites: BSAD 010 or BSAD 120; Business Administration majors; Business Administration minors with Instructor permission; minimum Sophomore standing.

Section Description: The last crisis brought our financial, economic and governance systems to an unprecedented moment of truth. The business world is facing a strong socioeconomic uncertainty and societal distrust, while the acceleration of climate and demographic changes are hurrying for a drastic political, cultural and technological (r)evolution. As such, the overall objective of this course is to engage students in reflecting upon the role and purpose of business organizations in society and question the sense of human action in these business organizations to face tomorrow’s world challenges in a socially responsible and sustainable way. For this purpose, after having introduced and discussed fundamentals of business ethics and ethical decision-making models, we will address the specificity of business organizations’ impact on society by discussing the principles and practices covered by the field(s) of stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate sustainability (CS) and associated notions. In particular, we will see how these notions can help future managers in developing alternative values-based business and management models in their commercial activities.

CRN: 95809

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 22/45

Days Time Location
R 16:35 - 19:35 IFSHIN HALL 358

Instructor(s): Kenneth De Roeck

Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2019 - 06 Dec 2019