Not available in 2020/21
MG576      Half Unit
Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof David Marsden NAB 4.22


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course examines the human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) strategies of global corporations, with the aim of understanding both the causes of different strategic choices and the consequences of these strategies for diverse stakeholders. It takes the perspective that HRM/ER strategies are influenced by a range of variables, including internal business strategy and resources, as well as external factors such as national legislation, business systems and culture, and regional and global institutions.

The lecture and group-work content are the same as for MG476, but with a special tutorial-style additional programme of work for the doctoral students taking this elective. Assessment will be by the summer examination for MG478 and a 3500 word extended essay.


10 hours of lectures, 15 hours of seminars and 7 hours of help sessions in the LT.

Lectures: 10 hours

Group work: 15 hours (Auditing MG478 classes)

Doctoral tutorials: 7 hours (two-weekly intervals)

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Vogel, D. (2005) The Market For Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Crane, A. et al. (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, Oxford: OUP. Elliot, K.A. and Freeman, R. (2003) Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization?, Washington D.C.: Peterson Institute for International Economics. Locke, R., Qin, F. & Brause, A. (2007) 'Does monitoring improve labor standards? Lessons from Nike,' Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 61, 1: 3- 31.


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (60%, 3500 words) in the ST.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Commercial awareness