Curricular Unit:Code:
Social Responsibility and Management Ethics811RSET
1MasterBusiness Sciences6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Recognition of the relevance of social responsibility and of corporate citizenship in organizational context; Identification of the main instruments of corporate social responsibility and the main values for an ethical behavior in management; identify the principles of their application; Preparation of the students to actively promote and participate in the integration of the concepts of social responsibility and of business ethics in the global management system of an organization.
In this curricular unit the following general skills will also be developed:
- Group work capacity;
- Student’s autonomy;
- Problem solving skills;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge;
- Adaptation to new situations;
- Critical thinking;
- Organization and planning;
- Management of information;
- Decision making;
- Oral and written communication.
(Prof. Ana Fonseca)
I. Social Responsibility
I.1. Definition
I.2 Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
I.3 Social responsibility in corporations (CSR)
I.4 Stakeholders’ engagement
I.5. Instruments of Corporate Social Responsibility
I.6 Case studies
(Prof. Teresa Toldy)
II. Ethics and Corporate Citizenship
II.1. General definitions of ethics and of corporate citizenship
II.2. Leaders’ behaviours, corporate citizenship and codes of ethics
II.3. Institutional framing of corporate citizenship
II.4. Internal dimensions of corporate citizenship
II.5. External dimensions of corporate citizenship
II.6. Corporate citizenship and civic involvement in/of organizations: ethics and interaction of individuals, organizations and society
II.7. Global corporate citizenship
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus promotes the acquisition of knowledge regarding the concept of Social Responsibility and of Ethics in organizational context, promoting contact with the main CSR instruments applied in professional practice
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching methodologies include lectures for theoretical exposition, tutorial orientation for research essays, readings and discussions, as well as thematic debates and critical reflections. The evaluation is continuous, through the practical application of knowledge in group assignments, and an individual test.
The final grade will be obtained combining the results of the individual test (60%) and the group assignments (40%).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
This curricular unite explores the concepts of Ethics, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility, analyzing the origin and evolution of the last two of them to the present day. The component of ethics and corporate citizenship explores the notions of corporate culture and of participation as well as criteria to identify and promote ethical corporate environments, ethical behaviors inside corporations and in the relation of corporations with society. Finally, the unite analyses the impact of corporations, acting as “citizens”, at global scale. After this conceptual introduction, the focus is given to Social Responsibility in Organizational context (CSR): what are the main motivations and difficulties for its implementation and integration in the global management system of an organization. Finally, the main reference standards regarding CSR are studied, with the purpose to enable students to promote CSR and perform its integration with other Management Systems.
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2. Rebelo, G. (2010), “Ética nos negócios e responsabilidade social”. In: Dirigir: a revista para chefias e quadros, nº 111 (Jul-Set 2010), pp. 41-44.
3. Cunha, MP.;Rego, A. (2015).”As virtudes nas organizações”. Análise Psicológica, 4 (XXXIII): 349-359.
4. Yunus, M. (2008).Criar um mundo sem pobreza: o negócio social e o futuro do capitalismo. Lisboa: Difel.
5. Vargas, R. (2005). Os meios justificam os fins: gestão baseada em valores: da ética individual à ética empresarial. Lisboa: Gradiva.
6. EC (2019). Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030.
7. Batista AAS, Francisco AC. (2018). Organizational sustainability practices: A study of the firms listed by the Corporate Sustainability Index. Sustainability. 10:226.
8. Carroll AB. (2016). Carroll ’ s pyramid of CSR?: taking another look. International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility 1:3.