Course 2011-2012 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEAM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/08) - CLEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/08) - CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/08) - CLES (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/08) - BIEMF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/08)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course presents the responsibility paradigm aimed at guiding the behavior of business, the public sector and the nonprofit sector and their relationships with society. Students explore the challenges inherent in managing organizations that want to perform on the financial, social, and environmental dimensions. They are confronted with:

  • the theoretical bases of social responsibility, seen as a perspective that shapes the role of the organizations within society and promote sustainable development
  • the ethical issues confronting business
  • the different dimensions of social responsibility at various institutional levels
  • the complexities and challenges of incorporating social responsibilities into the practices of organizations
  • the role played by different types of organizations (including NGOs) in social responsibility
  • the tools to measure, evaluate and diffuse social responsibility

Theory and practice are combined dynamically, making room for class discussion, empirical documents and case studies aimed at showing how social responsibility can be interpreted in the real world. Different perspectives are contrasted and compared.

Course Content Summary
  • Social responsibility in business, government and nonprofit: what does it mean?
  • Competition, sustainability and responsibility: Responsible strategies
  • Content and context for being socially responsible
  • Evaluation models for social responsibility in business, government and nonprofit: similarity and differences
  • How to avoid self-referential ethical; the role of moral values
  • Tools and processes to promote social responsibility
  • From public role to social responsibility: when public institutions become socially responsible
  • Social responsibility and political, bureaucratic culture of policy makers, managers and public employees
  • The cohesive role of social responsibility in public-private partnerships



A reading list, consisting of articles, papers, cases, and/or book chapters, is provided at the beginning of the course. The material also includes slides and other notes that are available on the weblearning space.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Attending students

Oral exam. Active participation during classes (including assignments produced either by individuals or by groups of students) is taken into consideration for the final mark.

Non attending students

Oral exam 


Students are expected to have attended the following courses: Business Administration and Management, Public Administration Management.