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Business and Society - Corporate Sustainability

  • Teacher(s): H.Strebel
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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[warning] This course syllabus is currently edited by the professor in charge. Please come back in a few days. --- For your information only, here is the old syllabus :


The aim of the coroporate sustainability course is to help students:

  1. evaluate varying concepts and narratives surrounding CS
  2. understand some of the theoretical frameworks
  3. understand how to implement and lead CS
  4. recognize barriers to action, tensions and dilemmas
  5. identify possible solutions for overcoming them.


The course will be highly interactive and class sessions will include a mixture of debates, group work, lectures and discussions with guest speakers.

Some of the main questions we will explore are:

  • What is CS? What is CSR?
  • Why take action for sustainability?
  • What are the inherent tensions and dilemmas in implementing CS initiatives?
  • Can employees, managers and executives overcome those tensions?
  • How can a business engage in game-changing innovation for sustainability?
  • What makes leadership for sustainability different?


A collection of case studies, articles and videos for the semester will be provided in the first session.


Please note that for pedagogical reasons the registration for this class will be limited. It is extremely important to attend the first session of the course on Tuesday 18 September. Students who are interested can apply by responding to the questionnaire posted on the Moodle site for the course by at the latest Wednesday 19 September at 17h00. No late registrations will be accepted.

Plagiarism of any sort - the use of others' material without proper citation and referencing - will be treated with the highest severity and, following University regulations, can lead to the full exclusion of the student from the Swiss University system.



First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

The evaluation for this course will consist of a case study analysis, an in-class exam that will take place at the end of the semester and a group project. There will be no final exam.



Written 4h00 hours
Not allowed

The retake exam will replace all other grades and represent 100% of the course grade.

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