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CAS.OB.001 Introduction to Organizational Culture

Course Summary

This course aims to introduce organisational culture concepts and gives you some first-hand experience in understanding the cultural values of an organization. 

You will be provided with a variety of perspectives and experiences. 

Expected Outcome / Learning

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • To understand the relationship between organizational culture and the business context. What is organizational culture and what role does it play in contributing to effective management, organizational innovation, and success?
  • To understand how stories, legends, rituals, and heroes are key elements of organizational culture and functioning, and may actually serve more important objectives than formal decision making.
  • To develop an awareness of different cultural types or personalities of organizations and how that personality plays a role in leadership, change, organizational behavior and ethics:
  • To examine and develop an awareness of the role of organizational culture in leadership.


Pre-MBA English Certification required.

Required Textbook

Stephen Robbins. Essentials of Organizational Behavior with MyManagementLab: Global Edition, 11/E, Pearson Higher Education, 2012, ISBN-13: 9780273754527


Students will be required to join Business Network at http://www.bnet.com/

This will give you access to certain articles, videos & discussion groups. Registration is free.

CAS.RL.000 Responsible Leadership

This course aims to develop critical thinking about the theory and practice of responsible leadership. It will examine different theories and will focus on dialogical leadership which enables transparent and effective deliberation.

The thinking about leadership can apply to all sectors, though much of the leadership theory discussed emerges from business studies. 

The detailed content of the course will be found in five books (see Reading), in the material found on the www (see in-text below), in other www series, the Globethic videos, and in the Globethics online library (see Reading). In all this content there will be different contexts and sectors of leadership that can be explored further. Reading for these can be found in the bibliographies of the three main books and in the extensive Globethics library.    

The two appendices are long excerpts from two books. The first involves the case of leadership remuneration (from S. Robinson, The Practice of Integrity in Business, 2016). It shows how responsible leadership focuses on justice, respect, mutual accountability, and shared responsibility; all of which form the basis of integrity. Practice too often is not focused on awareness of or critical reflection on any of these core values.

The second excerpt (from S. Robinson and J. Smith, Co-Charismatic Leadership: Critical Perspectives on Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership, Peter Lang, 2014) focuses on the literary example of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Leadership responsibility here is focused in dialogue, which in one sense never stops. Henry’s dialogue is with all significant relationships, personal and professional, and over time. It is focused on honor, which Shakespeare takes to be the worth and purpose of the project and people that Henry leads.

CAS.IR.003 International Security

'International Relations and World Politics' is an important area of studies for students who wish to follow the International Relations and International Business pathway.

This course on 'International Security' is proposed as a workshop of one weekend. Topics include:

What is the role of  'International Cooperation, i.e. International Organizsations, Alliances, and Coalitions' in peace building relations. 1) How does international cooperation relate to international harmony and discord? 2) What is an alliance and how are its basic attributes expressed in NATO? 3) How is the concept of collective security reflected in the Concert of Europe, League of Nations, and the UN? 4) what is the role of UN peacekeeping missions? 

How to manage the proliferation of armed conflicts across borders that are no more under control.  'Controlling Global Armaments' deals with questions such as: 1) What is the difference between disarmament and arms control? 2 What are the objectives of international security regimes? 3) What are the differences among deterrence, defence, and war fighting doctrines? 4) Why is it questionable to apply Cold War deterrence doctrines to new nuclear weapons states such as Pakistan and North Korea? 

How to deal with 'International Terrorism vs. Transnational Crime'. 1) What are basic explanations of the causes of terrorism? 2) How can we explain the changing nature of terrorism? 3) What responses to terrorism have been suggested and what are their limitations? 4) What are the similarities and differences between terrorists and transnational criminals?

All these questions are linked to one big concern: "Globalisation, Politics and Capitalism': 1) When did capitalism as a form of political economy first emerge? 2) What are the key attributes of a capitalist political economy? 3) How did Adam Smith and David Ricardo contribute to thought on classical political economy? 4) What is the North-South divide and what are examples of this gap?

Chapter 12 is about 'The Political Economy of International Trade, Finance, and Regional Integration': 1) How is comparative advantage supposed to work according to classical trade theory? 2) How has the issue of unequal terms of trade been used to criticise classical trade theory? 3) What are the logic and dangers of competitive devaluations in terms of international trade? 4) What are the respective roles of the IMF and WTO and key challenges? 5) What are the key steps in regional integration as reflected in the experience of the European Union? 6) Is Europe unique?

Chapter 13 is about 'The Political Economy of Investment and Sustainable Development': 1) What countries have been most generous in supplying development assistance to the developing world, based upon dollars spent per person in the donor countries? 2) How do loans differ from direct foreign investment? 3) How do population, environmental, and health challenges make economic development difficult in many Third World countries? 4) How do dependency theory and capitalist world-system theory differ from classical political economy explanations of Third World underdevelopment? 

Chapter 14 is about 'The Global Environment': 1) How can the environment be viewed as a collective good? 2) What are the essential environmental challenges associated with the atmosphere, land usage, forests, biodiversity, freshwater, and coastal and marine areas? 3) How can the environment be linked to international security? 4) What are the key components of sustainable development? 5) What roles have nongovernmental organisations played in the environment debate?

Chapter 15 is about 'Religion, Nationalism, and conflicting Identities' : 1) What is the difference between nations, national-states, and multinational states? 2) What are the positives and negatives of religious identification in terms of peace? 3) What characteristics does Islam share with Christianity and Judaism? 4) What are possible approaches to deal with nationalism and ethnicity? 

Chapter 16 is about 'Humanitarianism, i.e. Huan Rights and Refugees': 1) How can human rights be viewed as universal values and not restricted to a particular culture? 2) What is the relation between HR and the liberal tradition? 3) How have HR been expressed in international law and declarations? 4) What are key challenges to an effective international refugee regime?

Chapter 17 is about 'Questions in Lieu of Conclusions':  very interesting questions on 1) Is the world becoming a more peaceful or a more violent place? 2) Will the state wither away? 3) Are interdependence and globalisation inevitable? 4) Is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction inevitable? 4) Will terrorism become the preeminent international security issue and create crises of authority for governments? 5) Will the global environment continue to deteriorate? 6) Is the human security a useful analytical concept? 7) Will HR improve around the world? 8) Do we have any responsibility to a broader humanity? 

In conclusion, we must mention the very good layout and organisation of the text that is very pleasantly navigable for students and teachers alike. 

The historical documents in the Appendix part of the book are a rich primary source that sheds light on the evolution of International relations between countries: 1) The text on 'Freedom of the Seas' by Hugo Grotius, 2) 'The Peloponnesian war: the Melian Dialogue' by Thucycides, 3) Max Weber paper on 'Interpretive Understanding', or more recently 4) 'The Downing Street Memo' on the case of taking military action on Iraq, 5) George Kennan's 'Long Telegram towards Containment' on Russia, or 6) Thomas Hobbes paper on 'The natural condition of mankind' . More impactful was 1) The 'UN Charter and the North Atlantic Treaty' which include the UN Charter of 1945, The North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 and the series of UN documents  on functional international organisations as specialised agencies and other UN organs, the non-proliferation Treaty Tutorial, The Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide (1948), the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment, The Geneva Convention (relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in time of war (1949), The Magna Carta (1215), the Declaration of the rights of Man and of citizens (1789), the US Bill of rights (1791), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the UN General Assembly Resolutions 217A (III) of 10 December 1948.

Finaléy, the Glossary (p. 535-556) on terms relating to IR is a read treasure to students who want to master the specialised terms in this field.

CAS.BFIN.000 Banking & Finance

Welcome to the Course in Banking and Financial Institutions