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CC 504 Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility

General Information

Lecturer Dr. Jenni Sipilä and Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
Course Format Lecture
Credit Points 4 ECTS
Frequency Every semester
Hours per Week 2 (lecture) + 6 (self-study)
Language English
Grading Written exam (60 min.)
Exam dates TBD
Pre-requisites None

Course Structure

The course is taught in English and consists of nine sessions. In class, CSR theories and concepts will be discussed. In addition, each session includes a guest lecture that will take place after the lecture. We will dedicate one session to repetition and exam preparation at the end of the semester.


The lectures are held in M003. Please see the session schedule below.

Topic Guest lecture Time
First Session: Introduction to the course - 04.09.2018 at 17:15-18:45
Second Session: Introduction to the Concept of CSR Uwe Lübbermann, Premium Cola 25.09.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Third Session: CSR on an Institutional Level: From Shareholder Profits to Shareholder Value? Achim Drewes, Nestlé 09.10.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Fourth session: Corporate Social Irresponsibility Annette Hillerich, Amnesty International 23.10.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Fifth session: CSR Management on an Organizational Level - 06.11.2018 2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Sixth session: CSR on an Individual Level (Managerial Discretion) Rüdiger Senft, Commerzbank 13.11.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Seventh session: Social Business & Innovative Business Models Lynn Yap, Adidas 20.11.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Eighth session: The Rise of the Sharing Economy Johannes Stuhler and Gert-Jan van Wijk, Listnride 27.11.2018 at 17:15-20:30 (guest lecture at 19:00-20:30)
Ninth session: Exam Preparation - 04.12.2018 at 17:15-18:45

    Further Information

  • Brief Description

    In our largest lecture, CC504 - Corporate Social Responsibility, which is attended by approx. 450 Master students each year,we cover different topics related to sustainable management in a total of seven sessions (from basic theories of CSR to more current approaches such as Creating Shared Value to Social Business and Sharing Economy as current trends). In each session, we also integrate a guest speaker from business practice who reflects the content from a practitioner's perspective. This can be a CSR manager of a large company (e.g. Coca Cola, Adidas, IKEA, H&M or SAP), a founder of a start-up (e.g. Premium Cola or ListnRide) or a non-profit organisation (e.g. Greenpeace, WWF or Amnesty International). Each session and the respective guest lecture will be recorded on video. The guest lectures will be made freely available via our Youtube channel if the speakers have given their consent. The contents of the lecture will also be recorded on video and made available to the students for exam preparation.

  • Reading List

    Course content will be provided through videos and reading materials, accessible on Ilias.

  • Contact

    If you have any questions regarding this lecture, please don't hesitate to contact Jenni Sipilä.

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Dr. Jenni Sipilä

    Universität Mannheim
    Lehr­stuhl für Unternehmens­verantwortung
    Schneckenhof Ost – Raum SO 102
    68161 Mannheim
    Tel.: +49 621 181-1614
    E-Mail: jsipilae(at)
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Updated: July 2018