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This course gives you immediate access to the world leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. Scandinavian firms dominate the major sustainability and CSR performance indicators including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). In this course we explore the concepts of sustainability and CSR and focus attention on how Scandinavian firms, like Novo Nordisk, have achieved superior sustainability and CSR performances. We consider what lessons can be drawn by managers and firms irrespective of where they may be located in the world. Through this course, participants will: • Gain appreciation of the concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and be able to situate these concepts within the broader debates about the role of business in society • Understand the sustainability and CSR approaches by leading Scandinavian companies • Describe how partnerships between companies, NGOs, and government are fundamental to the sustainability and CSR by Scandinavian companies • Be able to describe the characterization of the “Scandinavian management” and the role Scandinavian management plays in sustainability and CSR approaches by Scandinavian firms • Become familiarized with concept of “Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage” and understand how it challenges the dominant view of strategic management....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1
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3 hours to complete

Introduction to Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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Reading
8 videos (Total 55 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
1.2) What is the purpose of business? From Adam Smith to Milton Friedman to Michael Porter.10m
1.3a) What is sustainability? What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)?6m
1.3b) Why do we need sustainability & CSR?8m
1.3c) Interview with Professor Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School15m
1.3d) Interview with Mads Øvlisen, former CEO Novo Nordisk & “Father of CSR in Denmark4m
1.3e) Interview with Professor Ed Freeman, University of Virginia Darden & oft-cited as “Father of Stakeholder Theory”1m
1.4) Reflections with Robert Strand2m
Reading6 readings
"The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” by Milton Friedman10m
Watch the Harvard Business Review video “Porter’s 5 Forces”10m
Watch “What is Stakeholder Theory” with Professor Ed Freeman10m
Read “The Origins of ‘the World’s Dumbest Idea’: Milton Friedman”10m
Read the executive summary of “Creating Shared Value” by Michael Porter & Mark Kramer10m
Watch the Daniel Pink video “Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates us”10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
1.2)10m
1.3)8m
1.4)8m
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2 hours to complete

Scandinavia: An Introduction

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Reading
6 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2) Exploring sustainability & CSR in Scandinavia: My personal journey6m
2.3) Why explore sustainability & CSR in Scandinavia?12m
2.4) Scandinavian Creating Shared Value7m
2.5a) What is Scandinavian culture?9m
2.5b) Interview with Mads Øvlisen, former CEO Novo Nordisk & “Father of CSR in Denmark7m
Reading3 readings
Read "Strategic Management in the Era of Cooperation: Toward a Theory of Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage" by Robert Strand10m
Read Financial Times article "Scandinavia can be an inspiration for creating shared value" by Robert Strand10m
Watch "Swedishness"10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
2.1-2.5)16m
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3
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1 hour to complete

Scandinavian Leadership & Management

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Reading
4 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Conversation with Mads Øvlisen Part A10m
Conversation with Mads Øvlisen Part B10m
Conversation with Mads Øvlisen Part C16m
Reading1 reading
Scandinavian Creating Shared Value10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 3.1)4m
Quiz 3.2-3.3)10m
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1 hour to complete

Case study of a Scandinavian sustainability leader: Novo Nordisk

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Reading
3 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Conversation with Susanne Stormer Part A18m
Conversation with Susanne Stormer Part B8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
4.1-4.3)6m

Instructor

Robert Strand

Assistant Professor, Ph.D
Department of Intercultural Communication and Management

About Copenhagen Business School

Centrally located in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe with close to 23,000 students. CBS offers world-class research-based degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and PhD levels as well as executive and other post experience programs. ...

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