Professional MBA, Specialization Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics

Donau-Universität Krems
Master MBA
3 semester(s)
Master MBA
4 semester(s)
Krems, Lower Austria, Austria
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Master MBA, Professional MBA, Specialization Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics - Das Studium


Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics are no longer niche subjects. Today’s managers need a sound knowledge of basic ethics approaches to business in order to build reputation for their companies and themselves. Stakeholders expect managers to be able to show responsibility for company goals and strategies as well as for their business environment and society.

The program focuses on business ethics on corporate and economic as well as the manager´s individual level. All relevant new approaches to corporate responsibility and business ethics are included in the three levels of economy: macro, meso, and micro level.

The first three modules of the program take a close look at these three levels of Business Ethics: Economic Ethics, Corporate Responsibility & Ethics, Management Ethics. For the fourth module students may choose one module of another topic related program of Danube University Krems; this allows students to strengthen their individual skills and become an expert in their favorite field.

The modules will be taught by an international faculty consisting of corporate ethics officers, consultants and leading academics in the field of business ethics.

Participants will be provided not only with a strong theoretical and analytical background but also with the possibility to demonstrate the developed skills in specific case studies. Furthermore, a study trip will enable the students to practically engage business ethics and corporate responsibility.   
Master MBA, Professional MBA, Specialization Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics - Target audience

Target audience

After completion of the program, participants will be able to successfully set up and manage the corporate ethics and compliance programs in organizations that recognize that business without ethics is business at risk!

This program targets any business professionals who deal with ethical situations and/or moral decision making: Chief executives, CSR managers, compliance managers and community affairs managers, managers who want to understand how organisations can put ethical commitments into practice as well as consultants and accountants who want to develop their competence in business ethics and corporate responsibility.
Master MBA, Professional MBA, Specialization Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics - Emphasis/Curriculum


Business Fundamentals (online) - General Management, Management Accounting, Cost Accounting, Economics, Business Mathematics and Statistics

Business Analytics & Research Methods
Managerial Economics& Global Business Environment

Controlling & Reporting
Corporate Financial Management

Strategic Management & Competitive Analysis
Marketing Management

International Business
Business Ethics

Managing People

Managing Complexity
Knowledge Management
Project Management

Study Trips:
Boulder Colorado - Authentic Leadership & Ethics
Silicon Valley - Entrepreneurship
Vancouver- Venture Capital & Mergers and Acquisitions
Module 1 - Economic Ethics
This module deals with the interrelation between ethics and economics on a system's level. Basic ethics knowledge is combined with business administration and economics to give participants an overview of modern economic ethics approaches. While historical developments are described where necessary, and a strong theoretical background is provided, a major focus is on recent case studies of ethical dilemma situations in business and the economy. Ethical decision models, ethical company structures and cultures, and organizational questions of ethics are presented. A study and research travel provides participants with a deeper understanding of ethical and responsible business. After finishing this part of the course, participants are able to discuss economic ethical problems on a high theoretical level and know how to combine ethical considerations with actual business problems, especially in terms of strategic CSR measures and organizational change.
Module 2 - Corporate Responsibility & Ethics
This module deals with the eco-responsibility of businesses. The theoretical background of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is highlighted from different standpoints of responsibility, and an instrument for measuring CSR based on the approach of Alternative Nobel Prize winner Alice Tepper Marlin is shown in practice. Furthermore, different approaches to evaluate businesses while setting up CSR will be discussed. Companies need to be transparent on their values and strategic goals and take responsibility for their environmental and social impacts, especially when being listed as ethical investments. Participants learn how companies manage repsonsibility in their supply chain, how they monitor the related performance and what makes their sustainability reporting trustful and successful. A broad view to CSR in Europe and a specific method to install CSR in small-and-medium sized enterprises will close the module. Both, the instrument and the method will encourage the participants, based on a theoretical framework, to enrich their business life with CSR.
Module 3 - Management Ethics
(Berlin, Germany)
This module deals with the individual level of managerial decision making. It centres on the stakeholder approach to management and teaches methods to operationalize stakeholder management. Communicative strategies regarding the building of reputation in our media society are another important focus. Different leadership models and their implications for ethical management are presented and case studies and scenarios of ethical dilemma situations will help participants train their ethical personality and decision style. The special case of human capital management represents one potential scope of application. After completion of this part of the course, participants will have a subtle understanding of their role as responsible managers in a "stakeholder society". They will be able to develop stakeholder strategies and communication policies with special regard to company reputation.
This module includes company and bank visits in the context of micro financing.

Practical relevance

These courses of the Program are based on the cohort model – students stay, learn and work together on the campus throughout all modules and enlarge so their personal network.

The program is distinguished by its modular structure: 10 on campus courses and 1 international study trip.

The program which is basically completed in four semesters is designed as part time study program. One module consists of several courses and comprises six days of intensive learning and experienced based knowledge transfer.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
€ 22,900
We expect our applicants to have
a) successful completion of an Austrian master´s or bachelor´s degree and at least 2 years professional experience or
b) successful completion of an equivalent international recognized degree and at least 2 years of professional experience or
c) a recognized qualification for university entrance and at least 6 years of professional experience (including a minimum of 2 years professional experience in a leading position)
d) applicants who do not have a recognized qualification for university entrance must demonstrate at least 10 years relevant work experience in an appropriate position (training periods may be included)
e) in addition to a) –d) in the course of the application process an interview has to take place, in which the head of the program and the applicant have to determine the modules (based on the chosen specialisation) resulting in an learning agreement
f) in line with the quality assurance an inbound/outbound test has to be taken at the beginning and at the end of the study in order to analyse learning outcome achievements by Danube Business School.
Additionally, a good working knowledge of the English language is required!


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: possible

Danube Business School Method

Increasingly managers are to address problems that are becoming significantly more complex. This calls for well-developed skills in dealing with uncertainty and conflicts.
In addition social skills and skills in group dynamics are getting more important role, as the enhancement of staff involvement becomes more crucial. In order to develop leadership ability in a constantly changing environment, decision makers must be able to successfully handle problems on an individual, group and organizational level.
  • Practical Knowledge: Deepening hands-on knowledge based on the experiences of successful practitioners
  • Theory: Communicating and expanding knowledge
  • Application: Bring your new learning into your workplace.
  • Case Studies: Learning and training by means of current business cases

What makes us unique

The combination of

  • Internationalism of our staff and student body
  • Well established, highly successful, in-house teaching methods
  • International quality assurance
  • A combination of research and practice
  • Highest quality standards
  • Flexible programs and course formats
  • Well established and long-term links with industry and commerce
  • Europe’s leading public University for Continuing Education

This unique combination distinguishes all continuing education courses and programs at Danube Business School: the linking of scientific approaches with practice orientation, innovative teaching and learning methods as well as the highest quality standards.

To ensure the quality of teaching and studying, our programs regularly undergo quality assurance procedures. These accreditations enhance both the international comparability of our degrees and the transparency of our programs and courses.

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Danube University Krems is the university for continuing education.
Danube University Krems is the university for continuing education. Its courses are specifically oriented toward the needs of working professionals. The University offers exclusive master's programs and short programs in five areas of study. Serving about 9,000 students from 93 countries and with 20,000 graduates, it is one of the leading providers of further education courses in Europe. Danube University Krems combines 20 years of experience in postgraduate education with innovation and highest quality standards in research and teaching and bears the AQ Austria seal of quality.

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Master MBA, Professional MBA, Specialization Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics - Studying in Krems

Studying in Krems

Unique learning environment.
Danube University Krems is located 80 km from Vienna – in one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes of Europe known as the Wachau. It has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. The modern adaptation of an erstwhile tobacco factory in Stein, a characteristic industrial building dating back to the start of the 20th century, and the new premises at Campus Krems offer students and teachers an open and motivating environment that promotes innovation. The facilities include modern teaching and research rooms, a library, an auditorium, a cinema, apartments, and a variety of restaurants.

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