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

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

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

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, 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.

Harvard Business Case studies and current articles.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.