Credits: 6

Schedule: 10.04.2019 - 15.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Timo Järvensivu
Galina Kallio

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teachers: Galina Kallio & Timo Järvensivu

E-mails: & 

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V period 2018-2019 Otaniemi campus
2019-2020 not lectured

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The main objective of the course is to learn how dialogue as a method can help us to understand diverse and conflicting conceptualizations of corporate responsibility in global economy. During the course the students will learn what is (and what is not) dialogue, and further, the students will learn to better understand their own and others’ sense-making, and learn to use dialogic methods in various situations. In addition, the participants will learn self-reflexivity and facilitation of dialogues.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is a platform for dialogic learning. The course builds on the existing understandings and experiences of the participants. These are complemented with relevant literature on the key themes of the course. During the course you will engage in reading, talking, listening, writing, presenting and reflecting. We will practice dialogue through methods such as listening and voicing exercises, reflective writing, group works, and finally through practicing open dialogue. We will together deepen our understanding of issues such as the ‘global economy’, sustainable development, economic systems, forms of economic organizing, responsibility, politics and discourse. Towards the end of the course, the students will learn to take responsibility for facilitating dialogues.

Participating in this course requires being present in ten out of eleven sessions, active engagement in and preparation for the course sessions and group works, and writing reflection papers.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

This course seeks participants who are willing to challenge their perspectives and ways of conversing with themselves and others. We invite you to engage in a deeper dialogue that seeks to transform the way you and others are connected to the world and issues that are of importance in the societies we live in. Thus, you will not just learn about sustainable organizing, but also learn to think in constructive ways and act towards increasing responsibility in the economic, societal and environmental spheres.


Students will learn to demonstrate the following knowledge:

Be able to explain some of the key concepts and approaches related to sustainable organizing – e.g. Corporation, Responsibility, Sustainability, Economy, Markets – and their linkages with each other.

Will be able to recognize the roles of various societal actors (civil society, corporations, the state, and people) in forming and reproducing dominant as well as marginal social constructions of the key concepts, approaches and models.

Be able to analyze the effects that different conceptualizations and meanings of the key concepts have on the way Sustainable Organizing is (or is not) practiced.

Students will develop the following skills

Take responsibility to listen to self and others, speak openly and genuinely, and respect other human beings

Be able to engage in an open dialogue and differentiate dialogue from other forms of conversation

Know how to facilitate dialogue to deepen collective learning 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

30% preparation for and participation in the sessions
70% Assignments

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Assessment and grading are based on active preparation for and engagement in the sessions, and demonstration of learned knowledge and skills.

Preparation for and participation in the class sessions, 30% of the grade.

  • Participation in 10 (out of 11) class sessions is required to pass the course.
  • Assessment of preparation and engagement through a questionnaire, twice during the course. Self-evaluation and teacher-evaluation (1/2 each).
Reflection papers, 40 % of the grade. 

  • Five reflection papers, each covering two sessions, and final reflection paper. 6 reflection papers in total.

Group works, 30% of the grade

  • 1/3 self-evaluation, 1/3 peer-evaluation and 1/3 teacher-evaluation.

Evaluation scale from 1-5 will be used.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 40h
Independent work 120h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Classroom hours


Class preparation (pre-assignments)




Reflection papers


Group work 1 and 2

12h + 25h


160h(6 op)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Articles and other material indicated in the syllabus.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Prepare for the course by doing the pre-assignments (by Monday, April 15th2019):

  1. Watch short introductory videos (link will be provided during the interviews and on the course website). 
  2. Read the following articles on dialogue and on CSR. You can find these in the course material on the course website: 

  • Bohm, D., Factor, D., and Garrett, P. (1991), Dialogue, A Proposal.
  • Isaacs, W. (1993). Taking Flight: Dialogue, Collective Thinking, and Organizational Learning. Organizational Dynamics. 22 (2), 24-39. 
  • Banerjee, S. B. (2008). Corporate social responsibility: The good, the bad and the ugly. Critical Sociology, 34(1), 51-79. 
  • Moore, G. (1999). Corporate moral agency: Review and implications. Journal of Business Ethics, 21(4), 329-343.
  • Fourcade, M., & Healy, K. (2007). Moral views of market society. Annu. Rev. Sociol., 33, 285-311.
  • Scherer & Palazzo (2007), Toward a Political Conception of Corporate Responsibility: Business and Society Seen from a Habermasian Perpective. Academy of Management Review, 32(4), 1096-1120.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces the course 21E11000 Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy.
The course is a substitute for 26E00900 International Corporate Responsibility.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic course on business ethics or corporate responsibility is recommended.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Via Weboodi.

Note: motivation letter and interviews as pre-assignments to the course

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max. 25 students. The dialogic method of the course requires limiting course participants to 25.


Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


  1. Write a motivation letter:Please send a brief letter (at maximum half a page long) to both teachers via email (galina.kallio@gmail.comand latest by Friday, April 5th, 2019. Please answer at least these two questions in the letter: Who are you and why do you want to attend this course?
  2. Attend the personal interview before acceptance to the course:Short interviews will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, and Friday, April 12th, 2019. Please book the time for your 10-15 minute interview latest by Friday, April 5th, 2019, via this link:
  3. Prepare for the course by doing the pre-assignments (see details on the course materials)


Registration and further information