Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Business Leadership and Corporate Responsibility
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 lecture hours
Seminars / Tutorials 6 tutorial per student


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  70%
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment (Individual coursework, 2000 words)  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  Repeat failed element  70%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment (Individual coursework, 2000 words)  Indivdual presentation and written report in place of group presentation  Repeat failed elements  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Analyze the importance of management and strategic decision-making within organizations and their impact on the wider social environment.

* Demonstrate cognitive and analytical skills necessary to evaluate different perspectives on the role of business in society by critically engaging with a range of literature to formulate an argument.

* Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories and models of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

* Evaluate the ethical consequeces of business decision-making by considering the impact of different stakeholders.

* Assess the ways in which business is constrained by its cultural, political and social environment.

* Engage with and evaluate different debates on business' role in society.


The purpose of this module is to provide students with advanced undergraduate content in the subject area of business responsibility, business ethics and responsible business leadership.

Questions that will be explored include the role of business within wider society, for example, in relation to internationalisation and responsible management of supply chains and markets. Students will also be asked to critically consider how far innovation and risk-taking is constrained by the environment in which the business operates, in which ways corporate social responsibility is a leadership and strategic issue, and whether corporate responsibility and good corporate citizenship concerns may impact on strategy and vice versa. These subjects will be explored from both a business leadership perspective and from the wider perspective of corporate social responsibility can be managed within the organizational context. The module will provide a space for advanced-level theoretical and practical debates.

Leadership theory is an academic subject which is the subject of ongoing debate and development. Students are introduced to this in compulsory module MM33120. This module develops from that introduction by providing for more critical and in-depth discussions and analysis.

Brief description

This module focuses on the importance of corporate responsibility and responsible leadership as strategic concerns, and develops a critical understanding of leadership. It will introduce students to theories of business ethics, perspectives on ethical leadership and models of corporate responsiility and citizenship. It will discuss in detail the ways in which these are relevant from a stakeholder perspective, thus taking into account the business leadership as well as employees at various levels and other stakeholders: suppliers, customers, regulators citizens and communities.


  • What is leadership?
  • Leadership and ownership.
  • Diversity, business and leadership
  • Corporate responsibility and business strategy
  • Theories of business ethics
  • Business, Globalisation and Corporate Citizenship
  • Responsible management and accountability
  • Innovation and communities
  • Culture, politics, and responsibility
  • Business and the State
  • Business, society and business scandals

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The module is partly focused on contemporary debates at the intersections of business and management with psychology and sociology, which may require students to engage with quantitative research.
Communication Communicate effectively using a variety of media and reporting formats used in business.
Improving own Learning and Performance Demonstrate effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, in support of tutorials, groups and individual coursework.
Information Technology Students will be expected to utilize a range of information retrieval systems in their preparation for the coursework assessment.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop critical analytical skills necessary to negotiate and evaluate a range of situations within a business environment.
Problem solving Demonstrate the ability to provide a concise yet critical analysis of contemporary issues impacting on businesses from a stakeholder perspective.
Research skills Develop research skills in identifying and synthesizing background material for individual coursework.


This module is at CQFW Level 6