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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The central objective of this module is to introduce Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to students. In doing so it is intended to provide a framework for examining and evaluating the actions and performance of organisations in the context of sustainable and socially responsible activity. While CSR is a relatively new term its roots can be traced to a variety of philosophical, ethical and environmental discourses. Accordingly there are a number of different approaches to CSR and definitions as to what exactly CSR comprises.


Introduction to CSR; defining CSR; the social, political and economic context; stake holders Vs shareholders; issues concerning sustainability; ethics; CSR corporate and managerial behaviour; performance evaluation and performance reporting; globalisation and CSR; stakeholder relationship management; business planning.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

After completing this module, students should be able to: Value and explain the relationship between CSR, corporate and managerial behaviour. Describe and critique the various components of socially responsible behaviour. Prescribe possible actions of an organisation to its environment. Apply critical and interpretative skills to an evaluation of corporate activity.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

After completing this module, students should be able to: Embrace and appreciate the often interdependent and complex ethical, managerial, organisational and economic issues involved with socially responsible business management

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)


How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This module will be taught in both interactive workshop based format and by distance learning. While based on essential academic theories, concepts and techniques there will also be significant focus afforded to individual personal development allied with the practical application of learning within the workplace.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):


Prime Texts:

Waddock, Sandra (2008) The Difference Makers: How Social and Intuitional Entrepreneurs Created the Corporate Responsibility Movement , Greenleaf Publishing: Sheffield.
Waddock, Sandra (2007) Total Responsibility Management , Greenleaf Publishing: Sheffield.

Other Relevant Texts:

Warner, Michael and Rory Sullivan (Eds) (2004) Putting Partnerships to Work: Strategic Alliances for Development between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society , Greenleaf Publishing: Sheffield.
Byerly, Robin T. (2005) Seeking global solutions for the common good: a new world order and corporate social responsibility," in Istemi Demirag (Ed) Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Governance , Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing

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