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Corporate Social Responsibility and Decision Making

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 276

       Course Name: Corporate Social Responsibility and Decision Making

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PHL 107 Recommended

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course familiarizes students with concepts of corporate citizenship and sustainability by focusing on the scope and consequences of corporate decision making and its impact on its various constituencies in a global setting.  Students will develop a framework for analyzing good corporate decisions, the role of the individual, and the responsibility of leadership and governance in the decision making process.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between personal ethics and corporate response
  • Discuss current trends and scenarios of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Evaluate the role of Corporate Social Responsibility and the impact of unethical misconduct in the workplace.
  • Assess the impact of corporate decisions on both the internal life of the organization and the external physical and societal environment.
  • Use corporate decision making models, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to resolve current business case studies
  • Argue the importance of sustainability and its relationship to Corporate Social Responsibility in a team setting.
  • Assess current trends and opportunities of sustainable programs
  • Communicate with clarity through writing and present main ideas which are supported with research
  • Develop strategic responses to challenging scenarios facing global corporations
  • Analyze and critique current global corporate behavior to determine whether they are socially responsible.
  • Assess evidence that CSR decision making supports business performance

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Decision Making Models
Critical thinking using case studies and research
Importance and definition of CSR
Role and responsibility of business in a global society
Theories and practices of CSR
Stakeholders Relationships and corporate governance
CSR issues facing global corporations
Developing Codes of CSR Programs
Impact of sustainable programs and CSR
Bottom line vs. CSR
Decision making models and Leadership
Using CSR in the decision making process
Corporate culture and CSR
Relationship between individual and group ethical decision making
Using CSR in a global market
Government regulatory agencies and their impact on CSR

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, small group discussion, case studies
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, evaluating materials, internet skills, critical thinking, case study analysis, oral presentation, debate, team participation

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on written assignments. Case evaluations, debate, and oral presentations.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.