MGMT333-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Managing Corporate Responsibility

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


In pursuing the ethical basis for business policy and practice, we will look at changing notions of corporate performance. Participants will address such issues as: What is success in business? What good does business do and how does it do it? What are major causes of the breakdown of business ethics? We will also study the practice of business ethics, with the aim to expand capacity for moral inquiry, dialogue, and decision making in ways that will be useful in your professional and civic lives.

This course considers the roles of organisations and individuals in business and society. The notion that corporations are simply wealth creating organisations, with little social and ethical responsibility to the broader public and the physical environment, is no longer acceptable. Communities command that corporations go beyond their economic brief to provide surplus resources in the form of philanthropy and other social initiatives. In this course we examine how corporations and other organisations are attempting to balance the pursuit of profits and good corporate citizenship as stakeholder expectations accelerate the need to better understand the role of corporations in society.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT333 is:

Lectures 12
Workshop Activities 12
Lecture and Workshop Preparation 48
Reflections 8
Individual Assignment 27
Final Exam 3
Final Exam Preparation 40
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the impact of the capitalist context for corporate responsibility.
  • Understand personal and organisational factors that enhance and diminish ethical decision-making and corporate responsibility.
  • Apply ethical and multi-stakeholder frameworks to decision-making.
  • Apply ethical understanding to real world cases.
  • Explore the possibility of working for or setting up ‘business for good’ opportunities through the study of exemplary businesses.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MGMT230; and (2) Any 30 points at 200-level or above  RP: Other essay-based courses

Recommended Preparation

Other essay-based courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matt Scobie


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflections 10% Week 3 and Week 12
Workshop activities 10% Weekly
Individual Assignment 40% Week 6
Final Examination 40% Final Examination

Textbooks / Resources

Readings will be provided via the course LEARN site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

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