NOTE ON MAXIMUM LENGTH LIMITIATIONS:

Many cases have maximum lengths, either for the case as a whole or for individual questions within the cases. If you exceed the maximum length, I deduction 1% of your grade for each 1% you exceed the maximum limit, e.g., if you go over 25 words on a 250 word maximum, I deduct 10% of whatever the assignment was worth. If no maximum length limit is specified, there is no maximum length. However, this is not an invitation to unnecessary case review or digressions away from the questions asked at the end of the cases. Think of yourself as a junior subordinate advising your superior on how to handle the case. Assume she or he knows the essential facts of the case! So even if there is no maximum limit specified, you will be penalized grade-wise for superfluous material in your analysis.

Where does this course start; where is it going; where does it end?

This course starts with background material on CSR and related topics. It then moves to development of tools of analysis, and it ends with business decision-making and strategy formulation. Imagine an inverted pyramid with its base “property and social contract,” the core values of a society as they affect CSR decision-making. In the middle are first environmental monitoring to learn about the current environment the firm faces—issues that are emerging and who the actors are in the environment regarding a particular case, then power analysis to understand how power is distributed in that environment, with particular emphasis on the public policy models describing on governmental bodies make decisions, then environmental forecasting followed by scenarios as to how the environment might evolve with the firm’s active involvement, and finally corporate strategy formulation, decision-making and implementation (but we do not take this course to this last implementation step).