Course ObjectiveUpon successful completion of the course students are able to:
• understand and evaluate the foundations and recent advances in the
literature related to business in society in the following divisions of
the Academy of Management: social issues in management (SIM),
organisations and the natural environment (ONE), organisation and
management theory (OMT), strategic management (STR), and critical
management studies (CMS);
• explain, debate and criticise leading concepts and theories within the
field of business in society;
• relate these multidisciplinary concepts and theories to knowledge from
other fields such as strategic management, organisation theory,
organisational behaviour and international business;
• creatively analyse complex international issues and problems in the
field of business in society, and apply learned concepts and theories to
social and environmental issues that companies face;
• formulate, articulate and communicate well-balanced judgments verbally
and in writing.
Course ContentThe course provides a broad overview of the key theories, approaches and
practices related to business in society. It is organised in six
sessions. The course aims to explore relevant issues to this area of
academic scholarship, such as poverty and ecological issues; at the same
time, the goal is to provide students with a sense of how business in
society issues and topics relate to multiple academic sub-fields in
managerial and organisational research, such as strategic management,
organisational behaviour or general organisation theory.
Teaching MethodsWeekly: one four-hour lecture per week for six weeks.
The course is organised in a reading group format. Students and teachers
co-develop and discuss the content of the readings of the week. The
teachers complement these discussions with lecturettes on specific
issues related to Business in Society. Prior to class, students send
overviews of the articles, which form the basis of the in-class
Method of AssessmentAssessment:
The final grade consists of:
• Final essay 50%
• Weekly individual assignments: 50%
Conditions to pass the course:
• The score for the individual essay must be 5.5 or higher.
• Attendance is mandatory to at least 5 of the 6 sessions. Students who
miss more than one class will not be allowed to take the exam.
• In the case of a resit only the final essay can be retaken.
• Results obtained for the weekly assignments will remain valid for the
LiteratureCourse material consists of about six readings for each of the six
sessions. Links to course material is available on the Canvas site
of the course.
Target AudienceDue to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the are
only available for students registered for this Master's programme and,
upon approval by the programme director, to other Research Master’s
programmes or PhD students. Course registration for this course is at VU
Additional InformationDue to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this Master's programme and, upon approval by the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||dr. F.M. Bridoux|
|Examiner||dr. F.M. Bridoux|
dr. A.E. Kourula
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