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Course Number: BRES413
Course Name: Responsible Management and
Instructor: Dr. Gaëtan Cantale
Credit Hours: 3
Class Room: Mont Blanc
E-mail: [email protected]
Class Time: 01:30 p.m.-04:30 p.m.
Course Prerequisite: None
1. Course Description
This course presents a broad view of management and leadership theory and practices:
it overviews the basic management functions of planning, organizing, directing and
In its core, this course presents theories of the role of the firm and socioeconomic
responsibilities to the stockholders, the community and the world and it focuses on
issues as ethical decision making, social responsibility and sustainability.
2. Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. To identify, to define and to explain concepts of management and leadership
theories correctly
2. To identify, to define and to explain concepts and theories of business ethics and
related issues correctly.
3. Apply theories of business ethics and CSR to the business and management world
and correctly support their claims with relevant facts
3. Learning Outcomes
Students attending this course will acquire fundamental knowledge and practical
approaches related to:
1. Understand the domains of management:
a. Identify the domains of management.
b. Define clearly the main objectives and activities of each domain.
c. Provide examples of how these domains must be integrated in order to
achieve best results.
2. Discuss and frame managerial/organizational problems/issues using management
3. Use management theories and models to address and resolve
management/organizational problems or issues.
4. Identify the major cross cutting issues of management today (e.g., gender issues,
ethics, globalization, etc.) and discuss the current management ideas and
approaches related to these issues.
5. Understanding what is the impact of unfair management practices on of the current
global crisis
6. Understanding the major “mainstream” ethical theories and attitudes and how they
may impact business and social behavior
7. Analyzing effectively and efficiently real business cases under an ethical
8. Assessing the opportunities that fair ethical behavior in the current economic
situation bring to businesses
9. Developing new business ethics measurement tools to effectively implement and
proliferate a culture of Ethics inside companies who strive for excellence
4. Required Text book (preferably e-book) or Reader (PDF file)
Please, do refer to the right column of the Teaching Schedule here below for details.
5. Class Material
Class material used will be case studies, academic papers, besides three text books will
be partially involved for assimilating the basic notions.
6. Course Approach
The course will be based on a mix of lectures, discussions, business case studies and
will end up with a small research to be performed by the student.
7. Grading Criteria
Your grades for the course will be determined from a variety of activities, as outlined
Individual class participation 10 points, attendance 10 points:
First Case study
Second and Third case-study (presentations 20 points per case study)
Class Final Examination (written document 20 points,
oral presentation 10 points)
Total (100 points)
8. Grading Scale
9. [Undergraduate]
= 93-100
A= 90-92
= 87-89
= 83-86
B= 80-82
= 77-79
= 73-76
C= 70-72
= 63-69
= 0-62%
10. Main Grading Activities
Presentation of case-study 1: Students will choose a subject out of a list proposed by
the lecturer. They will have to compare the subjects with the theories discussed in class
and prepare a presentation of 20 minutes, with a maximum number of 10 slides, on a
USB key. Each presentation will be followed by 10 minutes discussions.
Presentation of case studies 3 and 5: Students will get specific business cases to be
analyzed at home. The case analysis should include an introduction, an analysis based
on the theories and concepts learned in class or in the discussed literature and a
conclusion in form of personal recommendation and /or solution. A document will be
provided of three A4 pages length, 1,5 spacing, font size 12
Final Examination: Students will do a research based on public data about ECSR
commitment of various major international companies. The final paper will be in
Microsoft word, a soft copy will be provided, A4 paper’s format, font size 12, double
spacing, between 10 and 15 pages. Besides a slide presentation with a maximum
number of 7 slides for a maximum time length of 20 minutes will be provided on a USB
key. Each presentation will be followed up by 10 minutes discussions.
11. Classroom Participation
It is expected that all students will:
 Be present (attend class).
 Be on time (promptness matters).
 Be prepared (read the assigned material).
 Be considerate of others (listen, do not interrupt, switch cell phones off).
 Be engaged (actively participate in the class).
12. Appeals
There are no verbal appeals on any assignment or the final exam. If you feel that your
contributions have not been graded correctly, please provide a statement in writing as
to why you believe there is a problem. The Academic Director will then provide you
with a decision before the end of the term. Please note that in this case the Professor
will re-grade the entire exam and your grade may decrease or increase.
13. Attendance
In the event of illness or other exceptional circumstances, students must get written
permission from the Academic Director to be excused from classes.
13.1. Class punctuality
Students arriving more than fifteen minutes late to the class are asked to remain
outside until the next class break.
13.2. Examination Punctuality
No student is permitted to take examinations later than fifteen minutes from the start
time. No exceptions. Students who are late due to a non-medical reason must meet
with the Academic Director.
14. Make-Up Examinations
Make-up examinations may only be taken if the original exam date was missed due to a
medically related issue. A stamped medical certificate from a local certified physician
or an official translated medical document in French of English must be submitted as
proof. Only the Academic Director can grant permission for a student to take a makeup examination. Each Make-Up Examination costs a fee of 600 CHF.
All make-up examinations will be taken on the day set by the Academic Officer.
15. Academic Integrity
If caught cheating, submitting plagiarised work, or any other act of
dishonesty, students will be subject to failure upon a first offence and
academic dismissal thereafter.
PLAGIARISM is when a student submits written material copied from other sources
without the acknowledgement of its author(s). This is a serious academic offence and
will result in failure.
16. Student and Professor Conduct
The School has strict rules, which apply to all students and professors. Please refer to
the Students Book for the Code of Conduct.
17. Teaching schedule
8 Oct.
15 Oct.
Graded (1) Students
Presentations on Applying
Managing Theories.
Ethical Theories(part2)
22 Oct.
29 Oct.
Graded (2) Students
Presentations on Applying
Ethical Theories.
Trade Secrets and Conflicts of
5 Nov.
12 Nov.
Corporate Social
Responsibility and Corporate
Governance and
Graded (3) Presentation of
Manfold Toy Compan
Business Case
Environmental Ethics (Part 1)
Measuring ECSR.
1 Oct.
Induction Week
Introduction, ice breaker,
course objectives and
learning outcomes.
General Introduction to
management and its key
The four components of
History of theories of
management (part 1)
History of theories of
management (part 2)
Grounding principles in
Business Ethics.
Ethical Theories (part 1)
Required Reading :
Management: Challenges for
Tomorrow’s Leaders. International
Student Edition. Goodman, Fandt,
Michlitsch and Lewis. Published by
Thomson South-Western, 2007.
Chapters 1 and 2
Management: Challenges for
Tomorrow’s Leaders. International
Student Edition. Goodman, Fandt,
Michlitsch and Lewis. Published by
Thomson South-Western, 2007.
Chapters 2 and 3
Ethics and the Conduct of Business
Author: Boatright, Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Edition: 4th, 2004
Chapters 2 and 3
Ethics and the Conduct of Business
Author: Boatright Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Edition: 4th, 2004
Chapter 5
Ethics and the Conduct of Business
Author: Boatright Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Edition: 4th, 2004
Chapters 12 and 13
Ethics: Theory and Contemporary
Author: Barbara MacKinnon.
Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage
Learning. Sixth Edition
Chapters: 15
Rahman, N., Post, C. “Measurement
Issues in Environmental Corporate
Social Responsibility (ECRS):
Toward a Transparent, Reliable and
Construct Valid Instrument”,
J.Bus.Ethics (2012) 105:307-319
19 Nov.
Graded (4) Presentation of
New Balance Business Case.
Environmental Ethics (Part 2)
Ethics: Theory and Contemporary
Author: Barbara MacKinnon.
Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage
Learning. Sixth Edition
Chapters: 16 and 17
26 Nov.
Graded (5) Presentation of
Siemens Business Case.
International Business Ethics.
Ethics and the Conduct of Business
Author: Boatright Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Edition: 4th, 2004
Chapter 14
3 Dec.
Final Examination
18. Nota bene
1) This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without the prior
notification or consent of the student.
2) The schedule presents only an approximate expectation of the course progress
19. Common Professional Component (CPCs)
Functional Areas
a. Marketing
b. Business Finance
c. Accounting
d. Management, including productions and Operations
Management, Organizational Behavior, and Human Recourses
The Business Environment
e. Legal Environment of Business
f. Economics
g. Business Ethics
h. Global Dimensions of Business
Technical Skills
i. Information Systems
j. Quantitative Techniques and Statistics
Integrative Areas
k. Business Policies, or
l. A comprehensive or integrating experience that enables a
student to demonstrate the capacity to synthesize and apply
knowledge and skills from an organizational perspective
Total Estimated CPC Coverage Hours
This outline is subject to change