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Business and Society - Corporate Sustainability

  • Enseignant(s):   H.Strebel  
  • Titre en français: Business et société - développement durable au sein de l'entreprise
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre d'automne 2020-2021, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formations concernées:
    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation comportement, économie et évolution

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation business analytics

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation stratégie, organisation et leadership

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation marketing

    Maîtrise universitaire en Droit et économie
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At the end of the course, you should be able to:

1) differentiate between definitions of corporate sustainability, and explain how they impact action,

2) evaluate barriers to CS actions and possible means to overcome them,

3) analyze the specificities of leadership for sustainability,

4) collaborate in the development of a social enterprise and

5) engage in self-reflection on your individual and team-working skills.


      What is the role of business in society? Throughout the semester, we will explore two very different answers to this question: social entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives in large multinational companies.

      Within the context of the pandemic, this course will take place live online on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 13h30. The study hours outside class time will be increased so that we can concentrate on discussion and debate during class.


      We will analyze a series of articles, case studies, images and videos that I will post on Moodle.


      Please note that for pedagogical reasons the registration for this class will be limited. Students who are interested can apply by responding to the questions below at the latest by Thursday 10 September at 20h00. Please save your answers in pdf form and send them to both me: and Morten Aaltvedt:

      For organisational purposes, late applications will not be accepted.

      Please provide as much concise detail as possible in your answers to the questions below.

      Where are you from? (town or city, country) What has your academc pathway been so far? (max 100 words)

      What prior experience do you have with sustainable development and/or corporate sustainability? Please describe that experience specifying when, where, the duration. (max 250 wds)

      Are corporations making tangible achievements in corporate sustainability? If yes, what? If not, why? (max 250 wds)


      1ère tentative

      Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

      You will be evaluated on work submitted in the form of weekly individual assignments, a group project and a self-reflexive essay.

      Plagiarism of any sort - the use of others' material without proper citation and referencing - will be treated with the highest severity and, following University regulations, can lead to full exclusion from the Swiss University system.


      Ecrit 3h00 heures
      Non autorisée

      The retake exam will replace all other grades and represent 100% of the course grade.

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