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Department of Business Administration

CSR in Teaching

The Department of Business Administration (IBW) at the University of Zurich is one of the leading research and teaching facilities in business administration in the German-speaking world. We conduct basic and applied research with commercial, political, and social relevance. We encourage high-quality, innovative, ethically sensitive science. As the faculty’s mission statement underscores, we promote the development of scientific skills, creative thinking, and ethical reflection, and foster self-reliance and flexibility in our students.

Our graduates emerge fully qualified for international careers as specialists or executives in the fields of business administration, science, economics, and politics, and are equipped with the skills to compete successfully with graduates of other leading universities worldwide. Our alumni undertake their roles in a global economy in a responsible manner and take into account the economic, social, and ecological consequences of their decisions.

In the following you will find some selected subjects and courses offered by the Department of Business Administration in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Selected CSR-Issues in teaching and research (alphabetical order):

  • Ethical/Responsible Leadership (Scherer)
  • Ethical/Moral Dilemmas (Sachs, Seidl, Thommen)
  • Fairness/ (Salary)Justice/ (Backes-Gellner)
  • Organizational Ethics (e.g. Compliance Organization) (Scherer, Seidl)
  • Public Goods Problems (e. g. Education, Health, Water) (Backes-Gellner, Scherer, Schmedders)
  • Sustainable Investments/Sustainability Ratings (Backes-Gellner, Schmedders)

Selected courses with CSR issues (alphabetical order, no concluding list)

  • Business Administration I: Principles of Management (Scherer)
  • Business & Society (Sachs)
  • Globalization and Multinational Enterprises (Scherer)
  • Organization Theory (Seidl)
  • Theories of the Multinational Firm (Scherer)
  • Business Ethics: Moral Dilemmas (Thommen)