Details for Stockholm Business School

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Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

Stockholm University


Stockholm, Sweden


Sign Up Date to PRME

02 Jul 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

28 Sep 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

SBS SIP Report 2015-2017 - View Report

Period Covered: Aug 2015 to Aug 2017

Stockholm Business School is proud to present our first SIP Report. As an outcome of our renewed vision/mission we are in the process of systematizing our approach to sustainability through all areas of the School. On the theme of sustainability we are reporting on our newly revised Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration, our Executive MBA Programme as well as several courses, research projects, intellectual contributions, partnerships, co-operations and student-driven initiatives.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Higher Education Ordinance, which guides all Swedish universities, requires that for a bachelors degree, students must be able to demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues. Students must also be able to demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used.

For a master’s degree, and in addition to the above, students must also be able to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work.

Hence, the education and course modules offered at Stockholm Business School include, to a higher or lesser extent exercises, literature and cases that address issues of corporate responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, the school offers several courses on undergraduate and masters programmes which in a focused manner are geared towards corporate responsibility and sustainability. Some examples are “Ethics” “Entrepreneurship in Societal Change”, “Governance and Economy”, “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Business and Society”, “Business Ethics” and “Ethics and law in market communication”.

SBS Executive Education administers and offers the Executive MBA programme. In 2010-2011 this programme was re-designed and is from then officially underpinned by the goal to contribute to the development of managers and leaders as professional, reflective and responsible people.

For the cohort of participants who started the programme in the autumn of 2014 (39 participants), the process of gradually instilling an even stronger focus on responsible management continued. The first course of the programme – that forms a central role in the conceptual foundations of the whole programme – was explicitly aimed at sustainability, responsibility and ethics. One of the two mandatory books for this course was Principles of Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics by O. Laasch and R. N. Conaway (2015, Cengage Learning) – the second mandatory book was Management Ethics: Placing Ethics as the Core of Good Management by Domènec Melé (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), together with an arrays of articles and cases on responsibility, ethics and sustainability. In addition, chapters from the book Principles of Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics have been used and will be used for several of the other courses of this round of the programme.
In the spring of 2015 the Executive MBA programme is being amended with a view to, among other things, increasing the amount of courses and taught hours to support the goal of stimulating responsible managers and leaders with a rounded perspective. The process of including sustainability and responsibility more throughout the programme curriculum, one of the four thematic currents that are to guide for curriculum integration, programme design and educational and learning vehicles is Ethics and Sustainability. As part of our philosophy for this programme, we believe that treating course modules and subjects in isolation is a mistake; instead, and where possible, we inform discussion of course subjects with consideration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability.

Stockholm Business School collaborates with four other universities in Stockholm on entrepreneurship constituting the (virtual) Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES). SSES offers postgraduate course modules on entrepreneurship to students at the five collaborating universities. Stockholm Business School’s input with bearing on sustainability and corporate responsibility are three course modules - ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, ‘Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries’ and ‘Ethics and Star-ups’.

We are aiming to use the experiences from the Executive MBA programme and SSES to influence the way we go about addressing ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability, particularly on the school’s five masters programmes. This will result in a comprehensive strategy on incorporating and addressing corporate responsibility, sustainability and ethics within the School’s education portfolio.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The school pursues a number of research projects in connection with companies. A few examples:

“PREZI – social engagement in a different form”: Instead of CSR many companies define their core business as socially significant. The project is concerned with how the IT-comnpany connects its social innovation – a communication solution – to additional missions and social engagement.
A research project on eco-farmers who go afgainst the conventional meat industy and what kind of institutional barriers they need to bridge as natural entrepreneurs and why they choose this route.
Research project on entrepreneurial processes created by a company called PeePeople in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is involved in humanitarian work in countries where conventional functions in society don’ exist, such as water and sanitation provisions. The sanitation solution provided by the company is a bag in which urine et al can be collected and decomposed in order to be used as fertilizer.

Within the school’s ph d programme we have earmarked admission for students who will research corporate responsibility.

The External Relations unit will be tasked with outlining a strategy for cooperation with companies showing concern in corporate responsibility and sustainability.

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