Corporate Social Responsibility


This course aims to discuss the main tenets of corporate social responsibility as a central aspect of corporate strategy, while addressing the importance and challenges of ethical leadership in this context.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Milton de Sousa


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





The following book is recommended:
Haski-Leventhal, D. (2018). Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools and Theories for Responsible Management. SAGE

Further bibliography will be provided in advance of classes. A full list is being prepared and will be shared in due time.

The online resources of the Financial Times will be used (Nova SBE has a special account to access contente)

Teaching method

The class will be run in a “flipped class room” and Problem Based Learning approach. Material and videos will be provided in advance, from which students will develop and prepare topics for further discussion and elaboration in class. In addition, the course will include various cases, exercises and a simulation.

Evaluation method

Final exam (50%): based on a current news article (provided 3 days before the exam), you
should answer two CSR related questions.
In class group poster presentation (50%): As a group you should discuss your findings from
each class and prepare a summary with your key learnings, takeaways and suggestions to
further grow the adoption of CSR by corporations. The poster will be presented in the last class.

  • Subject matter

    • The role of business in society
    • Stakeholder theory and management
    • Sustainable and shared value
    • Sustainable business models
    • The dilemmas and paradoxes of social responsibility
    • Ethical and responsible leadership and the integration of CSR in the organization
    • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship