Global Responsible Leadership


Yuri E.Blagov, Assosiate Professor,

Strategic and International Management Department,

CEMS Academic Director,

Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University







Aim of the Course:

Goals and results of academic studies: The main goal of this CEMS seminar is to introduce students to the concept of global responsible leadership. Within the seminar, students will have a chance to experience the modern challenges of responsible leaders in global business environment and the role of responsible company in solving the problems of society.  We will examine the core dimensions of global responsible leadership, including developing a moral personality and getting ability of moral reasoning.


Teaching Methods:

The list and volume of active and interactive forms of academic studies: The seminar consists of 6 topics (9 classes) organized on a lecture/discussion basis. Lectures are supplemented by readings and Power Point presentations. The discussion format combines case analysis, self-assessments exercises, discussion of readings. The final grade consists of final case group presentations and discussion, and in-class participation.



Forms of control and grading policy:


  • Group final case presentation: (Innocent: Values and Value) — 50% of final grade;
  • Participation/in-class activity monitoring (exercises, readings and cases discussion) 50% of final grade.


Course reading:


Compulsory literature list (can be found in SPbU GSOM library):


1. Cavanagh G., Moberg D., Velasquez M. 1995. Making business ethics practical // Business Ethics Quarterly. Vol. 5. Issue 3. P. 399–418.

2. Donaldson Th., Dunfee Th. 1994. Toward a unified conception of business ethics: Integrative Social Contract Theory // The Academy of Management Review. Vol. 19. No. 2. P. 252–284.

3. Halme M., Laurila J. 2009. Philanthropy, CR Integration or CR Innovation? Exploring the financial and social outcomes of corporate responsibility //Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 84. P.325–339.

4. Maak T., Pless N. 2006. Responsible leadership in a stakeholder society — A relational perspective //Journal of business Ethics. Vol. 66. P. 99–115.

5. Maritz R., Pretorius M., Plant K. 2011. Exploring the interface between strategy-making and responsible leadership //Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 98. 101-113.

6. Pless N., Maak T. 2009. Responsible leaders as agent of world benefit: learning from “Project Ulysses” //Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 85. P. 59–71

7. Porter M., Kramer M. Creating shared value // Harvard Business Review. 2011. Jan/Feb. P. 62–77.

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