I teach a Ph.D. course on responsible organizations at Concordia University in Montreal. What is organizational responsibility? And how is it linked to the environment in which organizations operate, to their governance, and to the individuals who are embedded in the organizations? How is organizational responsibility linked to disclosures? To answer these questions, the course builds on economics, sociology and philosophy. Philosophy offers useful tools for conceptualizing and understanding responsibility. Economics emphasizes the role that individual actors (e.g., organizations and their employees) play in responsibility. Sociology highlights the environment in which actors are embedded and on how this environment helps or makes it difficult for actors to be responsible. Philosophy, sociology and economics complement one another to jointly offer a deep understanding of the role that actors and their environment play in responsibility.
I will teach this course in the fall of 2019. It is entitled ADMI 861 “(Ir)responsible organizations and their disclosures” and the course outline is available here.