MGMT09024 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility
This module will provide the learner with a comprehensive and critical engagement with Corporate Social Responsibility. Modern business is defined by various responsibilities, which today include being socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable and ethical. Therefore, the demand made on contemporary business is not alone to be the best in the world but also the best for the world. Learners will acquire the theories, analytical expertise, and ethical tools, to respond to a growing array of engagements, including ethical investment, sustainable development, community and workforce engagement, global supply chains, diversity in talent and opportunities, and with modern human rights. Learners will develop a Corporate Social Responsibility statement and engage with processes of accountability and benchmarking strategies to integrate processes of Corporate Social Responsibility into their everyday commercial practice
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Critically explore and evaluate the emergence of Corporate Social Responsibility, and various ethical theories in the commercial and business domain.
Evaluate and engage with frameworks that promote diverse and responsible workplaces, with healthy corporate values and principles
Demonstrate detailed research of international and domestic best practice across a range of domains, including engagement with national government policy
Apply and embed responsible practices, through creating CSR policies for industry and the marketplace with impact on business sustainability and social engagement.
Evaluate and appraise methodologies of accountability to benchmark Corporate Social Responsibility best practice.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Live delivery and onsite learning:
Synchronous online delivery of live learning will occur weekly. Scaffold approach to the research process will occur, this will allow the student to develop the required skills over the term.
Each term students will be offered the opportunity to attend classroom-based learning. This may vary year by year but may include undertaking a collective community outreach project, or alternatively a workshop involving the comparative analysis and presentation of CSR strategies across the corporate world.
Module Assessment Strategies
Module participants will be expected to successfully complete the following:
1. Evaluation of CSR strategies and approaches across the corporate world, and various industries, and evaluate at least two pieces through an online interactive collaborate blog.
2. Design and develop a CSR strategy for industry according to best practice, including outlining a set of principles and commitments, with practical and achievable objectives.
3. Write a brief end of term article, which evaluates and critically engages with the conceptual underpinnings of Corporate Social Responsibility theory in the context of examining a contemporary international or regional example.
Repeat requirements will be decided at Exam Boards but will be most likely consist of a written submission.
The repeat assessment strategy will be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards. Subject repeat submission is capped at 40%.
LO1) Critically explore and evaluate the emergence of Corporate Social Responsibility, and various ethical theories in the commercial and business domain. Chart and critique the development of CSR, and identify the key shifts in practice through an analysis of significant milestones in the Irish and international context. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility, with recognition of CSR’s commitment to ethical standards, sustainability and integrity in business.
LO2) Evaluate and engage with frameworks that promote diverse and responsible workplaces, with healthy corporate values and principles. Critically appraise normative ethical theories, and human rights based approaches as means to the promotion of societal equality and inclusivity. Identify new pools of willing and able employees, through unique strategies of human resource management.
LO3) Demonstrate detailed research of international and domestic best practice across a range of domains, including engagement with national government policy, to evaluate domestic and international practice. Review key developments in human rights applications in business practice globally. Evaluate the triple bottom line framework of social, environmental (or ecological) and financial responsibilities across an array of case studies both domestically and internationally of positive and negative examples of corporate responsibility. Examine national policy to embed responsible practices in the marketplace, and in the international supply chain, and to encourage enterprises to consider their impacts on the environment.
LO4) Apply and embed responsible practices, through creating CSR policies for industry and the marketplace with impact on business sustainability and community engagement. Examine critically the impact of the UN Sustainable development goals, as a programme for corporate action. Review national policy that support businesses in Ireland to create sustainable jobs, and ethical impacts. Develop tangible and actionable SDR strategies that are specific and measurable with various corporate domains.
LO5) Evaluate and appraise methodologies of accountability to benchmark Corporate Social Responsibility best practice. Review and evaluate corporate performance rating and Indexing, benchmarking, certification of companies. Demonstrate the value of social media and networking as a means of communicating CSR.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Online interactive collaborate blog||Continuous Assessment||Project||15 %||Week 6||1,3|
|2||Develop a CSR strategy for industry||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||40 %||Week 8||2,4,5|
|3||End of term essay||Continuous Assessment||Essay||45 %||Week 12||1,3|
Required & Recommended Book List
2019-02 Corporate Social Responsibility
ISBN 0198797753 ISBN-13 9780198797753
The most trusted and applied textbook on corporate social responsibility; both critical in approach and contemporary in coverage.
2017-03-23 Corporate Social Responsibility Cambridge University Press
ISBN 1107535395 ISBN-13 9781107535398
This upper-level textbook offers an original and up-to-date introduction to issues in corporate social responsibility (CSR) from a global perspective. Written by an international team of experts, it guides students through key themes in CSR including strategy, communication, regulation and governance. Balancing critiques of CSR with a discussion of the opportunities it creates, it includes chapters devoted to critical issues such as human rights, anti-corruption, labour rights and the environment. Pedagogical features include customised case studies, study questions, key term highlighting, practitioner pieces and suggestions for further resources. The book is also complemented by a companion website featuring adaptable lecture slides, teaching notes for cases and links to related resources. Tailored for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business ethics, it is also relevant to non-business courses in political science, international relations and communications.
2014-01-01 Principles of Responsible Management: Global Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics South-Western College Pub
ISBN 1285080262 ISBN-13 9781285080260
2018-04-03 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools and Theories for Responsible Management SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1473998018 ISBN-13 9781473998018
2014-03-07 Corporate Social Responsibility Routledge
ISBN 0415783127 ISBN-13 9780415783125
Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook
Concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are widely used by businesses, professional bodies and academics, but are also widely contested. CSR is usually described as comprising three elements: environmental, economic and social, though there is no serious consensus on how to go about translating ideas into practice. This research handbook addresses some key areas of contention, theory and practice within CSR in order to address, challenge and inform debate in academia and practice.The collaborative text extends understanding of CSR through articulating current thinking on each facet of a vital subject. Each theme is represented by inter-disciplinary discussion of key questions on CSR by researchers and practitioners in the field. In doing so, the book:* Explores and critiques CSR goals, and national, organizational and managerial strategies Reviews the distinctive role and importance of CSR to academics, professionals and practitioners and identifies appropriate bridging strategies* Evaluates the nature, direction and applicability of selected theoretical dimensions which inform the understanding of CSR* Assesses the opportunities for theory building, to support further understanding of the complexities of CSR and the sustainability and long term value of CSR practice to corporations and civil societyThis timely and significant contribution to the theory and practice of CSR will prove to be vital reading for students, researchers and practitioners involved with the field. It will also become a key reference for anyone with an interest in business and society.
Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Sustainable Value Creation Sage Publications
Journal of World Business
Journal of Business Ethics
Business Ethics Quarterly
Business and Human Rights Journal
Baumann-Pauly, D. and J. Nolan. Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice: Taylor & Francis, 2016.
Benn, S. and Bolton, D. (2011) Key Concepts in Corporate Social Responsibility. SAGE Publications.
Bernaz, N. (2016) Business and Human Rights: History, Law and Policy - Bridging the Accountability Gap. Taylor & Francis.
Campbell, T. (2006) 'A human rights approach to developing voluntary codes of conduct for multinational corporations', Business Ethics Quarterly, 16(2), pp. 255-269.
Crowther, D. and Lauesen, L. (2017) Handbook of Research Methods in Corporate Social Responsibility. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Deva, S. and D. Bilchitz. Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Deva, S. and D. Bilchitz. Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Kirwan, C. Hugh McBride, H and O'Riordan, C.Cases in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. Chartered Accountants of Ireland, 2018
Laasch, O. and Conaway, R. (2017) Responsible Business: The Textbook for Management Learning, Competence and Innovation. Taylor & Francis.
Laasch, O., Jamali, D., Freeman, E. & Suddaby, R. The research handbook on responsible management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019.
Laszlo, C. and Zhexembayeva, N. (2017) Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage. Taylor & Francis.
Rhode, D. L. (2018) Women and Leadership. OXFORD University Press.
Moyn, S. (2018) Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World. Harvard University Press.
Slobodian, Q. Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism: Harvard University Press, 2018.
Spence, L. J., Frynas, J. G., Muthuri, J. N. and Navare, J. (2018) Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility: Global Perspectives. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Visser, W., Matten, D., Pohl, M. and Tolhurst, N. (2010) The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility. Wiley.