Advanced Topics in Management

  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Module A

Course description and objectives
CSR is regarded as a voluntary corporate commitment to exceed the explicit and implicit obligations imposed on a company by society’s expectations of corporate behavior. The course will make extensive use of documented case studies to show how businesses can create a new social compact in which they do well by doing good.

This workshop is designed to teach how CSR—when approached strategically—can help organizations deal with social issues while giving them a competitive edge.

The topics that will be covered in the course will help students:

  • Learn the framework that can be used to identify all of the effects, both positive and negative, that their organizations have on society; and determine which ones to address; and find effective ways to do so;
  • Conceive and implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a long-range plan of action and practice CSR strategically, so that their organizations can ‘do well by doing good’;
  • Recognize the practical need for CSR as brand insurance and understand how corporate actions that violate societal expectations can damage, even destroy, brand image among stakeholders;and.
  • Formulate and implement CSR initiatives that are capable of enhancing a company’s reputation and opening doors to new business opportunities—while accelerating achievement of social goals.

  Intercultural HR in Multinationals- Module B

Course description and objectives
Conducting business is becoming increasingly global and the effective deployment of human resources throughout the world is crucial to the success of many organizations. National culture influences almost every aspect of human behavior. There are a variety of challenges and opportunities that international managers face when navigating the global business environment. Understanding the influence of culture on business practices is an important aspect of managing organizational talent. This course will explore different cultural orientations, and how culture influences behavior in organizations. Students will also increase their knowledge of international issues relevant to their own careers including the role of international assignments.

Through this the students will explore and learn:

  • Why an understanding of culture is important to management and business success
  • Theoretical foundations of culture that influence human behavior in organizations
  • Cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence
  • Cognitive biases in perceptions and decision making
  • Practical application of cultural knowledge to the management of expatriate employees


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