Details for Faculty of Economics and Management

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Faculty of university

Type of Education

Technical, Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

Gdansk University of Technology


Gdansk, Poland



Sign Up Date to PRME

19 Dec 2019

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

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Letter of ​Commitment (2019)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Faculty of Economics and Management is a part of the Gdansk University of Technology – one of the best research universities in Poland (2019) which is also one of 23 signatories of the Declaration of University Social Responsibility (2017) and honored holder of ‘HR Excellence in research’ certificate. Our story begins in 1993 when as a result of a merger of the Department of Organization and Designing of Production Systems (Faculty of Machine Technology and Production Organization) and Institute of Economic and Human Science new faculty has been established. The intention was to combine solid technical skills with business and social competencies in research and teaching processes so we can not only adjust to but also create the contemporary world.

We are aware of the pivotal role of higher education in disseminating and mainstreaming responsible thinking within society. The Faculty has been teaching and researching social responsibility as well as integrating it into its daily operations since its very beginning. The integration of social responsibility at our Faculty aims at making future managers, leaders, politicians, academics, and citizens able to face a wide range of economic and social issues in future personal and professional life.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality education, based on the research conducted, preparing graduates for a dynamically changing labor market. Our values are partnership, knowledge, skills, and responsibility. Responsibility is mainstreaming within stakeholders by:
• building partner-like relationships between parties to the academic and educational process;
• ensuring outstanding quality of knowledge disseminated to students and the quality of academic research conducted;
• shaping desirable ethical, civic participation and social attitudes;
• providing graduates with relevant management and engineering skills;
• producing top-class specialists capable to adapt themselves to the fluctuating challenges of European markets.

As a CEEMAN member we aim to provide high-quality knowledge in areas of economics and management with special concern to engineering and social aspects. We train entrepreneurial and innovative attitude that is crucial to act in a global knowledge economy.

In recent years, in the area of curriculum integration, program design, courses and other learning vehicles, including executive education in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability, we have achieved significant goals.

We have established the Consultative Council next to our faculty (2012) which helps us to maintain cooperation with the Association of Graduates and serves as a platform for cooperation with the external world. Consequently, we involve our stakeholders: representatives of public institutions, including local authorities, and the business world into curriculum design and monitoring processes.

In terms of teaching ethics and corporate social responsibility, we provide 12 engaging courses in Polish and English that embrace solving work-related problems and teamwork activities on undergraduate and postgraduate studies, be that:
● Business ethics (obligatory), where students learn to distinguish effective actions from ethical ones and point out differences between various social norms. Students get to know the significance of reliable behavior in business life as well as the consequences of violating ethical norms in numerous business activities.
● Business ethics II (obligatory), where students discuss main assumptions and problems of the corporate social responsibility and get familiar with ethical and legal responsibilities that are linked to the proper functioning of the business enterprise, like basic concepts and principles of industrial property and copyright protection as well as the need to manage intellectual property resources.
● Engineering Ethics, where students learn to define such notions as morality, a system of values, the ethical norm. They also learn to explain the essence of ethical conduct in the workplace as well as interpret professional codes of conduct.
● Ethics, where students get to know the history and main concepts of ethics and learn to correctly identify the major ethical dilemmas and provide a rational justification for its solving.
● Philosophical and Social Concepts of Contemporary Capitalism (obligatory), where students learn to enumerate the most important socio-cultural determinations and consequences of the economic and political processes. As a result, they are aware of the social conditioning of knowledge and cognition and realize to what extent economic processes and institutions belong to the sphere of the economic phenomena and to what extent they are a part of the sweeping global civilizational and cultural developments.
● Corporate Social Responsibility, where students discuss the most important cultural, ecological and ethical determinants related to running a successful business enterprise, taking into account the significance of non-economical contexts to any business activity. They are familiarized with the basic dimensions of culture within an organization to be able to evaluate and estimate what impact do cultural factors have on the national economy of countries from the different civilizational background.
● Corporate Social Responsibility II, where students learn to define such notions as responsibility, sustainable development and distinguish various social norms and standards of CSR. It helps them understand the significance of responsible and reliable behavior in business life. In this course, students learn to point at those groups whose interests have to be taken into consideration while introducing socially and ecologically responsible solutions in business as well as to create a strategy of implementing such solutions in different parts of the world. As a result, they can undertake basic analysis of future developments within an organization while taking into account changes of social context and discuss the most important cultural, ecological and ethical determinants related to running a successful enterprise.

Our doctoral students may improve their soft-skills by taking courses on Ethics of scientific research, Intellectual property protection, Publication, and Intellectual Property rights and many others. We are aware that courses that solely focus on CSR are not enough to create future leaders and this is why we have incorporated leadership, ethics and social responsibility into other courses (i.e. management, organization science, entrepreneurship) and creative problem solving as practical tasks and assignments.

To better prepare our students to operate in a challenging job market, we provide practical training in cooperation with our business partners, especially on innovation, knowledge management, and HR. We also develop the leadership skills of our students by engaging them in our decision-making process and draw their attention to environmental issues by giving an example of responsible practices. In this area, we have implemented energy-saving lighting technologies and an integrated system of waste management that was accompanied by an important information campaign.

We are aware that teaching is a demanding process and this is why we support our faculty to deliver the highest quality of education. We have established a Competence Development Center that provides training on Design Thinking, Theory of Multiple Intelligence, working with Z-generation and many others.

Besides all the abovementioned, we are reaching beyond our faculty which is a result of our moral obligation to society. We provide education to secondary and high school students in the area of responsible wealth management with cooperation with the Central Bank of Poland (2020). ‘The University of Economics for Children’ (2015) is another project that offers the opportunity of shaping attitudes of children and parents within some specific economic situations. We also participate in the ‘Multi-Generation University of Technology’ project which offers classes for children, adults, and seniors simultaneously and is a part of our University's Third Mission (2019).

Due to our most recent strategy, we are also planning to achieve more in the area of teaching social responsibility.
● We aim to diversify our teaching offer with interdisciplinary courses organized in cooperation with other departments and faculties of our university, as well as with business representants and graduates;
● We are preparing to introduce new courses that concern sustainability (Critical Management Studies and Sustainable Development);
● In terms of shaping future leaders we also plan to incorporate teamwork and creative problem solving as a teaching activity into all the courses that we provide;
● In terms of internationalization we want to increase the diversification of our campus with cooperation with foreign universities and improve our intercultural skills, i.e. with use of distant learning activities including online courses and courses performed in English;
● We aim to diversify the opportunities that improve our teaching capabilities. Hence, we want to diversify the portfolio of available support and decided to fund external skills development practices;
● We also want to extend our offer for children, adults and seniors and other representants of the society.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The research area is important to us since we aim to deliver the most recent knowledge to our students. Consequently, we care about the quality of methods and results. As a research university, we also engage students in our research projects so they are prepared to face problems with accurate research approach. Recently, in the area of academic research and knowledge development with companies in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability, we have achieved many goals.

We conduct research on corporate social responsibility and this resulted in many papers published, be that:
• Corporate social responsibility practices incomes and outcomes: Stakeholders' pressure, culture, employee commitment, corporate reputation, and brand performance. A Polish-German cross‐country study (R. Kowalczyk W. Kucharska – Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management – 2019);
• How to achieve sustainability? Employee's point of view on the company's culture and CSR practice (W. Kucharska R. Kowalczyk – Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management – 2019);
• Knowledge sharing and organizational culture dimensions: Does job satisfaction matter? (W. Kucharska D. Bedford – Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management – 2019);
• CSR in healthcare institution on examples of foreign hospitals (J. Synoweć – 2018);
• Corporate Social Responsibility and family business: current debates and prospects (M. Popowska – 2017);
• Corporate Social Responsibility vs PR – relation models (E. Hope – 2017);
• CSR – a fashion or real commitment? The case of polish listed companies (M. Popowska – 2017);
• Doing well by doing good. CSR in a global context (M. Popowska, B. Ratkowska, – 2017);
• CSR education in Poland – current situation and future challenges (M. Popowska – 2016);
• CSR in Polish SMEs – from perception to infatuation. Examples of socially engaged firms from the Pomeranian Region (M. Popowska – 2016);
• Social entrepreneurship avenues for the field development through research paradigm intersection discussion (M. Starnawska – Humanities and Social Sciences – 2016);
• The main developments of the CSR initiatives in Poland (M. Popowska – Baltic RIM Economies – 2016);

We also focus our research on the university's role in society to better understand how we can improve in this area. This resulted in research papers that refer to the University Social Responsibility, be that:
● Creating Shared Value by the University (E. Karwowska, Social Responsibility Journal (in press)– 2019);
● The mission of Socially Responsible University (K. Leja – 2019);
● Impact of Universities’ diversity on their social responsibility. Comparative study on classic universities and vocational schools (K. Leja, E. Karwowska – 2019).
● Is there any room for improvement for University Social Responsibility? Coopetition as a catalyst (E. Karwowska, K. Leja – 2018);
● The Future of the University? Social Activism among Young Polish Scholars (K. Leja, A. Kola – Springer International Publishing – 2017);
● The Third Sector in the Universities’ Third Mission (A. Kola, K. Leja – Peter Lang – 2017);
● Shaping new generations of managers and consumers: CSR implementation and the Higher Education System in Poland (M. Popowska – 2016).

We are introducing our youngest researchers to this field. We encourage doctoral candidates to research university social responsibility and higher education’s impact on society. Examples of research topics are as follows:
● Skills mismatch in the context of global change (F. Kutrzeba);
● Creating Shared Value by the University (E. Karwowska);
● Perception of Internationalization in higher education (K. Wysocka).

Due to our most recent strategy, we are planning to achieve more in the area of research.
● We develop the portfolio of research initiatives on corporate social responsibility, university social responsibility, knowledge management, leadership, and other areas that are important to our community;
● We plan to improve the research abilities of our academics by funding skills development opportunities and encouraging all researchers to participate;
● We also want to increase the number of our master students engaged in research projects that we conduct to develop their research skills.

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