International Corporate Social Responsibility



Yury E. Blagov, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor,

Graduate School of Management, St.Petersburg University



6,0 ECTS

45 contact hours; 150 student work hours



International Management


Aims of the Course:


The objective of this course is to present students with a theoretically and practically grounded understanding of how multinational firms operate in the cross-cultural environment and can be managed in socially responsible manner. The course pays particular attention to questions of the institutionalization of corporate social responsibility (CSR) into the management of the multinational firm working with the modern information technologies. The course enables students to develop their skills in presentations, ethical decision making, and reputation building. Case examples are presented from multinationals operating in the Finnish, Nordic and Russian context.


Course Content:


Thematic sessions include:


1. The multinational firm and its functioning

2. Managing cross-cultural firm

3. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions

4. Ethical challenges for multinational firm

5. Business ethics and CSR in global perspectives

6. Moral reasoning in global business

7. Ethical corporation: the organizational learning


Teaching Methods:


Each thematic session is conducted on a lecture-discussion basis. Power Point versions of in-class presentations are available via Intranet. Lectures are supplemented by readings. The seminars format combines case exercises, discussion of readings, and team work projects.


Course Reading:


1. Merging Across Borders: People, Cultures and Politics. Ed. by Anne-Maria Sǿerberg and Eero Vaara. Copenhagen: CBS Press, 2003

2. Young S. Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good. San Francisco (CA): Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2003.

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