90747 - Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

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  • Teacher Edoardo Mollona

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SECS-P/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Computer Science (cod. 8028)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to present the fundamental theories that deal with (i) the role of companies in society and the meaning to be assigned to profits and to share value, (ii) with the relationships with stakeholders and (iii) with the business ethics. Specifically, the objective of the course is to achieve a level of knowledge that allows students to interpret the transformations taking place in the relationship between business and society as the consequence of the evolution of information technology. The course is articulated in two sections. A first section introduces the theoretical background while, in a second section, the economic and socio-political role played by companies such as Google, Facebook e Amazon will be analysed.

Course contents

Introduction to business ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Stakeholder theory

Normative ethical theory

Descriptive ethical theory

Tools and techniques of business ethics management



Crane, A., Matten, D., Glozer, S. and L. Spence. 5th Edizione. 2019. Business Ethics. Oxford University Press.


Suggested further reading:

  • Coen, D., Grant, W., and G. Wilson. 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government. Oxford University Press.
  • Dardot, P. and C. Laval. 2009. La Nouvelle Riason du Monde. La Découverte.
  • Habermas, J. (1996). Between Facts and Norms. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Mitnick, B. M. 1993. Corporate Political Agency. Sage.
  • Picketty, T. 2020. Capital e Idéologie. Editions du Seuil.
  • Rasche, A., Morsing, M. and J. Moon. 2017. Corporate Social Responsibility. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rawls, J. (1971). A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press.
  • Scherer, A.G., and G. Palazzo (2007). Toward a political conception of corporate responsibility: Business and society seen from a Habermasian perspective. Academy of Management Review, 32(4): 1096-1120.
  • Zuboff, S. 2019. The Age of Surveillance Capitalims. PublicAffairs.


Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Class participation: 25%

Written exam: 25%

Office hours

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