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Business in Society (research) (joint degree)

2018-2019

The Research Master Business in Society is an excellent joint degree programme of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) taught by the best researchers I business administration at both universities.

Business in Society focuses on understanding the intricate relationships between business and society, which becomes increasingly necessary for addressing grand challenges like environmental and financial sustainability and for meeting our society’s demand for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility. The two-year programme will equip students with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business taking into account how organizations and society affect each other. It also provides the methodological and theory-building skills needed to conceive of new solutions for the problems related to business in society.

The exclusive programme provides students with an opportunity to work in close collaboration with top researchers from the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Amsterdam Business School (ABS). The aim of this joint effort is to educate a new generation of business and management researchers who have a profound grasp of the societal trends that are changing the face of business.

Graduating from this programme provides excellent prospects for continuing in a fully funded PhD position at one of our faculties.

Info

Level Master
Language English
Duration 2 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 120 EC
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Joint degree
Master Business in Society - First year Business in Society
Description
In the first year eight courses are obligatory. Additionally, the first
of two specialization seminars must be followed during the first year.
Finally, there's an extra obligatory course which you may choose to
follow during the first year or during the second year.
Master Business in Society - First or Second Year
First or second year Business in Society - Obligatory course
Description
This obligatory course may be followed during the first or the second
year.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Business in Society P2 6EC E_BIS_BIS
First or second year Business in Society - Specialization Seminars
Description
Choose 2 specialization seminars in total. At least one of the seminars
must be followed during the first year. The second seminar may also be
followed during the first year (in that case the obligatory course
Business in Society can be followed in the second year), or may be
followed during the second year (and instead you follow the course
Business in Society druring the first year).

In total there are 6 specialization seminars to choose from. Each
seminar will be lectured every two years.

The following specialization courses will be taught during academic year
2018-2019, but not in academic year 2019-2020:
- Specialization Seminar in Organization Behavior / Human Resources
- Specialization Semimar in Organizational Theory
- Specialization Seminar in Technology and Innovation

The following specialization courses will be taught during academic year
2019-2020, and not in academic year 2018-2019:
- Specialization Seminars in Accounting
- Specialization Seminars in Marketing
- Specialization Seminars in Strategy
Course Name Period Credits Code
Specialization Seminars in Accounting 6EC E_BIS_SSA
Specialization Seminars in Marketing 6EC E_BIS_SSM
Specialization Seminars in Strategy 6EC E_BIS_SSS
Specialization Semimar in Organizational Theory P2 6EC E_BIS_SSOT
Specialization Seminar in Organization Behavior / Human Resources P2 6EC E_BIS_SSOBHR
Specialization Seminars in Technology and Innovation P2 6EC E_BIS_SSTI
Master Business in Society - Second year Business in Society
Description
In the second year four courses and a thesis are obligatory.
Additionally, you may follow the second specialization seminar or the
extra obligatory course Business in Society. Also, the second year
contains two advanced methods courses.
Second year Business in Society - Advanced Methods Course
Description
In period 1 and 4 in the curriculum you can select your own advanced
methods course (I and II). The aim of the two courses, with a value of 6
EC each, is that you will specialize in a specific set of research
methods that fit your interests and field. You can select courses that
VU or UvA offer, but you can also take external courses at a research
master (MPhil) / PhD level. It is also possible to take a set of smaller
courses in combination and/or take courses that are offered at other
moments in time than the exact periods 1 and 4. Send a timely request
with your selected courses, preferably as a set, to the examination
board, for their approval.