Business Ethics and Sustainability


On completion of this course a student should be able to:
A. Knowledge and Understanding:
• The relevance of stakeholder theory
• The role and importance of sustainability
• The changing role and expectations of business in society
• The strategic significance of Corporate Social Responsability (CSR) for business
B. Subject-Specific Skills:
• Critically evaluate existing CSR initiatives, and appropriate courses of managerial action from a range of alternatives
• Apply logical and critical analysis to complex ethical issues
• Present convincing and well-argued cases for particular CSR-related decisions
• Be aware of, and understand, the appropriate relevant research literature
• Synthesize information, write and debate analytically on the subject
C. General Skills:
• Oral communication
• Strategic thinking
• Leadership
• Team building.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Milton Jorge Correia de Sousa


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*Elkington, J. 1994. Towards the Sustainable Corporation: Win-Win-Win Business Strategies for Sustainable Development.
California Management Review, Winter issue: 90-100. *Holliday, C. 2001. Sustainable Growth: The DuPont Way. Harvard
Business Review, September issue: 129-134. *Lubin, D, & Esty, D. 2010. The Sustainability Imperative. Harvard Business
Review. May issue: 2-25 *Porter, M. & Kramer, M. 2002. The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy. Harvard
Business Review. *Smith, H. J. 2003. The Shareholders vs. Stakeholders Debate”. MIT Sloan Management Review, 44(4), 85-
90. Week 2: *O’Riordan, L. and Fairbrass, J. (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Models and Theories in
Stakeholder Dialogue. Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 83, pp. 745-758. *Porter, M.E. and Kramer, M.R. (2006). Strategy and
Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility. Harvard Business Review.

Teaching method

This course will employ a variety of teaching methods including case studies, experiential exercises, lectures, individual and
group research, written assignments, and presentation. Students are expected to be highly engaged in class activities and

Evaluation method

Assessment: 20% Class Participation, Case Studies Discussion and Presentations 30% Group Project (10%
Presentation & 20% Paper) 50% Final Exam

Subject matter

List the main topics covered in the course: Introduction of the course;" fundamentals of business sustainability;
Stakeholder theory and CSR; Strategies and approaches; Outcomes and measures; Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate
Social Entrepreneurship; Final Presentations & Group Work Due date.


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