Forms of Responsible Organising
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MOD011
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
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dr. J.R.O. Bartosch
Other course modules lecturer
dr. H.S. Heusinkveld
Other course modules lecturer
dr. H.S. Heusinkveld
Other course modules lecturer
dr. H.S. Heusinkveld
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. H.S. Heusinkveld
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
3  (30/01/2023 to 09/04/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThe registration for the workgroups will happen in Brightspace
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
At the knowledge level, upon completion of this course, you will have:
  • developed in-depth insight into a specific research problem of your choice in the topic area of forms of responsible organising, from the perspective of organisational design and development as expressed in the research proposal and the presentation of your proposal;
  • developed an independent, critical-constructive perspective on a specific research problem of your choice in the topic area of forms of responsible organising, as expressed in the research proposal.

At the practical level, upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • develop an independent, critical-constructive perspective into a specific research problem of your choice on theories and practices of responsible organising, as expressed in the research proposal;
  • critically discuss and integrate state-of-the-art literature into a specific research problem of your choice on forms of responsible organisation as expressed in the 'scientific contribution' section of your research proposal;
  • develop plans for translating insights obtained through scientific enquiry into practical recommendations and proposals, as demonstrated in the section on knowledge implementation in your research proposal;
  • verbally elaborate, explain and defend choices made in your research proposal in response to questions posed by an examiner, as expressed during seminar sessions and the oral defence of your proposal.

At the level of reflection, you will be able to:
  • develop a critical-constructive perspective on the topic of responsible organising as expressed in your research proposal;
  • consider the practical implications of academic research for businesses and society, as expressed in the oral examination and the knowledge utilisation paragraph in your research proposal.
Organisations are increasingly expected to act in a responsible manner, both in their contributions to society (their products, services and possible side-effects of the production thereof) and in their contributions to the development and behaviours of organisation members. This course wants to motivate students to engage with the respective literatures from an organisational design and development perspective and aims to encourage students to independently develop a critical perspective on self-selected aspects of theories on and practices of responsible organising. Forms of responsible organising refer us to social practices of coordinating and relating to stakeholders that can occur in, but also between, organisations. Specifically, the course will provide the student with the opportunity to choose a seminar group on a topic area in which the respective seminar facilitators are experts. In the previous years these were CSR programs, sustainability programs, and managing legitimacy. 
The course is explicitely not an introductory course in terms of content/topic/theories. However, sStudents will receive an introduction into writing techniques and techniques of idea generation necessary to develop a research proposal from scratch. The course aims to facilitate students to develop their own, independent and critical insights regarding forms of responsible organising. It is designed to facilitate students in expanding their knowledge on organisational arrangements that enable organisations to make a meaningful contribution to society, at both an organisational and societal level.
The core assignment consists of a written research proposal in which students illustrate how research questions around e.g. CSR programs, sustainability programs, or managing legitimacy can be addressed, and/or which additional steps would be needed to design effective interventions in these areas. Students work in groups and individually. You receive feedback on your developing proposal from the teachers and your peers. You are expected to prepare thoroughly for the seminar session by reading the assigned articles and continuously working on your research proposal based on the feedback from and discussions between the seminar participants. You present your work at least once during the seminars, followed by a debate with your peers. Throughout you engage in a critical-constructive debate on the topic of responsible forms of organising. The oral examination assesses the contribution of the individual student to the final product (in case of group work) as well as to prepare you for the Master’s thesis defence.

Presumed foreknowledge
BA in Business Administration. See Master's programme OD&D for general information.
Test information
Paper (85%), peer-review (15%), presentation (suf/insuf). Partial results from previous years are generally not valid.
Vanwege de ontwikkelingen rondom het coronavirus kan de cursusvorm worden aangepast / Due to developments in relation to the coronavirus, the course format can be adapted.
Ma 1

Required materials
The reading list will be announced at the start of the course and contains (scientific) articles

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeCourse


A research proposal is the end-product of the course


Tutorials will be used to start up and develop the research proposal (end product of the course)

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock 3, Block 4

Paper/proposal written in teams of two (85%), individually written peer review (15%)