United Kingdom, Edinburgh

Global Issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance

when 3 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee GBP 2300

Corporate responsibility and good governance are vital ingredients to modern business structures but successful implementation in a global context has its challenges and issues.

This course, run by the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) Director, Kenneth Amaeshi, evaluates and challenges the different conceptions of corporate responsibility and governance in diverse institutional and geographical contexts. Students will explore the emergence and changing role of corporate responsibility as a market governance mechanism, as well as its influence on and positioning in current corporate strategy. The relationship between globalisation and the emphasis on corporate responsibility to fill the global governance void will also be examined.

The course will present how corporate responsibility has become an embedded, fundamental element in other management practices such as marketing, finance and accounting, human resources management, strategy and international business. The course gives students a coherent and broad view of corporate responsibility and governance historically and in a systematic manner.

Course leader

Prof Kenneth Amaeshi

Target group


Course aim

The course will encourage students to reflect upon – and construct answers to - the following questions:

What is the purpose of business in the global world order?
What are the possible roles of businesses in different cultures and societies?
How are businesses responding to some of the world's challenges?
What internal and external environments are required to enable businesses tackle some of the contemporary global challenges?
Upon completing the course, students will have gained the following subject-specific knowledge and skills:

The ability to imagine businesses from alternative and new paradigms.
An understanding of the principles and characteristics of corporate responsibility and governance, and managing across boundaries.
The ability to draw from contemporary societal challenges to generate and leverage knowledge and innovation globally.
Students will also have developed the following general skills:

The ability to evaluate the strategies and management of businesses against management models and frameworks.
The ability to evaluate practical management problems and develop viable solutions.
The ability to develop powerful, persuasive arguments.
Group working and presentation skills

Credits info

10 credits/5 ECTS /2 US

Fee info

GBP 2300: Accommodation is not included in the tuition fees
GBP : Various accommodation packages available. Prices range from £114-489 per week. Please check the University of Edinburgh Summer School website for further details.
Information can be found under 'Fees'.


Scholarships will be made available on the summer school website when announced

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