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KCOS 2100A - Corporate Responsability in a Globalizing World

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course introduces key responsibility issues multinational corporations (MNCs) face as they operate and market across borders. Globalization, which has brought enormous economic benefits to MNCs, has also produced negative social and environmental consequences, for which MNCs are increasingly held responsible. More than ever, MNCs are under pressure to carefully manage various stakeholders to protect their reputation. This course highlights the following issues: abused labour in global supply chains, environmental degradation, contestation with civil society, and illicit dealings with governments. Through lectures and student-driven discussions/presentations, this course helps prepare future managers deal with responsibility challenges that are likely to arise with the globalization of business activities.


OKA, Chikako (School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, Lecturer)

Pedagogical format

This course consists of interactive lectures of 2 hours, where the first hour introduces concepts and facts and the second hour discusses real-life cases and examples, driven by student participation. In the latter part of the course, students will present findings from their group reports to the class.

Course validation

60% Exam 40% Group report (30%) and presentation (10%). Small groups are formed to jointly write a report and to present findings on a topic of their choice (in consultation with the teacher).


Students are required to read relevant chapters, articles, and/or case studies assigned each week. This reading is indispensable as lectures and discussion will proceed based on the understanding that the reading has been done.

Required reading

  • Laasch, O. and Conaway, R. N. (2015) Principles of Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics. Stamford, CT: Cengate Learning.
  • Oyevaar, M., Vazquez-Brust, D. And van Bommel, H (2016) Globalization and Sustainable Development: A Changing Perspective for Business, London: Palgrave.
  • Crane, A. and Matten, D. (2015) Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Dicken, P. (2015) Global Shift, Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, London: Sage
  • Konstantinos, P. (2011) Shaping Global Industrial Relations: The Impact of International Framework Agreements. Geneva: ILO

Additional required reading

  • Tsutsui, K. and Lim, A. (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World. Cambridge University Press.
  • Yaziji, M. and Doh, J. (2009) NGOs and Corporations: Conflict and Collaboration. Cambridge University Press.