The course will deal with the question of who is responsible for the ethical behavior in business. The dominance of US based literature, has suggested the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility as the main doctrine. However, considering the historical, economical and political context – the situation in Europe is fundamentally different. Unlike in the United States, the question of philanthropy plays only a minor role in Europe. On the other hand, the question of social, legal, environmental, and economic responsibility – within the context of a welfare state – dominates daily business life.
This course will be taught within the MSc in Financial Economics – however deals by nature more with philosophical issues. The first lectures will therefore deal with basic theories of Ethics and Capitalism. The second part deals with Corporate Social Responsibility, Stakeholder Theory and the Creating Shared Value Theory – which became important issues in the Financial Industry. Last but not least, the course will cover various issues related to ethical issues in finance. In order to add more applied content – the seminars are covering various cases studies which are relevant in the world of finance.