Excerpt from course description



The course provides a broad introduction to the main features of the role of firms in the economy. The versatility of firms will be presented in a broader social context with the aid of historical, ethical and theoretical perspectives. The course aims to educate participants through an introduction to the history of ideas and the economic history of the Western world. The historical perspective will enable students to understand important topical challenges such as digitization, internationalization and the need for sustainable business.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. The firm and the limited company.
  3. The firm and the three industrial revolutions
  4. The problem of self-interest
  5. Corporate social responsibility
  6. Ethics
  7. Leadership
  8. Ownership
  9. Multinationals and globalization
  10. Innovation and entrepreneurship
  11. Innovation - state and society
  12. The state and the firm
  13. Sustainability and the firm
  14. Summing up


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