シラバス Syllabus

授業名 ESG
Course Title ESG
担当教員 Instructor Name Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin
コード Couse Code NUC413_N23A
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format On Campus
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category 専門教育科目 / Specialized Subject
学位 Degree BBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2023 UG Nisshin Term1

授業の概要 Course Overview

We will discuss the ethical and governance-relevant responsibilities of corporations in different situations while reinforcing NUCB’s mission of educating innovative and ethical leaders.
The problems arising due to climate change are far-reaching. Corporations are expected and mandated to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact. In this course, we will explore how the circular business model can help corporations in establishing new, different, and sustainable business models. We will also discuss how businesses can remodel their traditional products and services to fit the new sustainability paradigm and compete with conventional organizations.

The course will provide a holistic and strategic view of corporate social responsibility initiatives and their relevance to organizational sustainability. Students will be exposed to real-life problems through case studies to discuss and solve issues related to corporate governance regulations, potential flaws in the control structure, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, environmental, social, and governance considerations of business.
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to understand the evolution of corporate governance regulations in accordance with growing social and environmental needs and implications for traditional organizations.

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals


LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication
LG6 Managerial Perspectives (BBA)

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes

1. Explore the effectiveness and challenges of corporate governance regulations.
2. Examine potential flaws in the corporate governance structure and understand the importance of installing an effective corporate governance mechanism.
3. Identify initiatives to enhance corporate leadership, governance, and ethical leadership.
4. Discuss the role of linking corporate purpose and profits.
5. Review the environments, governance, and social considerations in business.
6. Understand the concept of the circular economy and apply it to a company’s operations and supply chain.
7. Distinguish sustainability innovation from traditional innovation.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4 質の高い教育をみんなに(Quality Education)

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 0 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 100 %
フィールドメソッド Field Method 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

学習方法、レポート、課題に対するフィードバック方法 Course Approach, Report, Feedback methods

Course Approach
The course contents will include lecture handouts, class presentations, case studies, and other discussion materials provided beforehand or brought into the class by the instructor.

Readings (cases or discussion material) are provided beforehand and assigned for each class; Participants are required to prepare for at least three hours per case study in this course. The emphasis will be on student responsibility for learning through active application of course content in case studies, exercises, etc., and through active participation in class discussions. Active participation and preparation for the class are requirements for this course.

Evaluation and feedback on quizzes, assignments, and presentations will be provided by the instructor.

授業スケジュール Course Schedule


• Course Overview, objectives, and expectations
• Leadership style and corporate governance
• Corporate governance regulations in Japan

Case 1: Nissan Motors: Corporate Governance Failure


• Potential flaws in the corporate governance structure
• Causes of corporate misbehaviors
• Principles of social responsibility

Case 2: Dieselgate - Heavy Fumes Exhausting the Volkswagen Group


• Linking corporate purpose and profit
• Environmental, social, and governance considerations of business
• Role, scope, and responsibilities of large institutional investors

Case 3: BlackRock: Linking Purpose to Profit


• Examine CSR initiatives and their effectiveness
• Firm’s core competence and CSR activities
• Social impact and economic efficiency of CSR initiatives

Case 4: Ant Financial and Its Innovative Corporate Social Responsibility


• Sustainability and circular business model
• The Circular Economy and traditional business organizations
• Manufacturing industry and sustainability initiatives

Case 5: Ricoh Company, Ltd.


• Sustainability as a business transformation
• The importance of partnerships in achieving sustainability
• Sustainability and business model innovation

Case 6: EMMA Safety Footwear (A): Designing a Circular Shoe


• Sustainability innovation and traditional innovation
• Sustainability strategy and profitability
• The future of sustainability & corporate strategy

Case 7: Patagonia's Sustainability Strategy: Don't Buy Our Products

Disclaimer: The case list is subject to change.

成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
コールドコール Cold Call 0 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 40 %
クラス貢献度合計 Class Contribution Total 40 %
予習レポート Preparation Report 25 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 10 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 25 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

1. Attend all sessions and actively participate in each. (Missing sessions will reduce your participation grades).

2. Class participation is about "attitude, preparation, listening, participation frequency as well as relevance and impact". Better preparation can lead to good arguments and focused discussion. Try to spend more time on cases, look for additional information online before sessions.

3. Active participation in the small group discussions before each session as well as in-class activities is compulsory to get good participation marks. (Joining class after small group discussion, not contributing in group discussion or activities, or taking a break during group discussion will impact participation grade).

4. The final report is all about your research and writing skills. Final reports with a logical structure, flow, and in-depth analysis receive good grades. Use of course or other basic frameworks can explain your understanding of the subject. Presentation of facts is important as well, a report using stats, graphs, diagrams, and figures is easy to read and understand compared to a text-only report. Formatting instructions like headings and proper referencing must be considered to obtain a high score.

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases


教科書 Textbook

  • .「A textbook is not necessary for this course」.(.)

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource


a. Gates, Bill. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Knopf, 2021.

b. Miller, Bill. and Tehrani, Rich. The Rookie CEO, You Can't Make This Stuff Up!. Beelinebill Publishing, 2020.

c. Moyo, Dambisa. How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World. Basic Books, 2021.

d. Nichols, Cara. The New Corporate Citizen: An Innovative Model of Corporate Philanthropy. Geekdom Media, 2022.


a. Atasu, Atalay; Dumas, Celine and Wassenhove, Luk N. Van. The Circular Business Model. Harvard Business Review, 2021.

b. Frankenberger, Karolin; Takacs, Fabian and Stechow, Richard. A Step Toward Making Your Company More Sustainable. Harvard Business Review, 2021.


o Environmental Research (Journal)
o Economic Policy (Journal)
o The Economist
o Harvard Business Review
o MIT Sloan Management Review
o Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal

授業調査に対するコメント Comment on Course Evaluation

Students indicated great value of course material and case studies used in "ESG” last year.

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

Dr. Hakeem is an associate professor at NUCB Business School, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. He earned his doctorate and master degrees from the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, Japan, and attended Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard University for executive education. He worked as an adjunct professor in renowned institutions including, Burgundy School of Business, France, Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), Hosei University, Japan, and the Graduate School, Tohoku University of Community Service and Science, Japan. He received various awards and scholarships during his academic career, including the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) and JSPS Fellowship at Tohoku University. He has published a number of articles and participated in a series of conferences. His research interests include but are not limited to International Business, Regional Sustainability, Strategic Management, and Network Science.

(実務経験 Work experience)

Dr. Hakeem's professional experience includes work in Investment Management, Financial Consultancy, Education, Training, and Career Counselling in different organizations.

Refereed Articles

  • (2023) Regional Sustainable Development Using a Quadruple Helix Approach in Japan. Regional Studies, Regional Science
  • (2022) Application of learning organization 2.0: a case study of Ricoh Ena Forest Japan. The Learning Organization
  • (2022) Linking Past with the Future: The Case of Toyota Woven City. NUCB insight 11
  • (2022) Bridging Academics’ Roles in Knowledge Diffusion in Sustainability‐Driven Public–Private Partnerships: A Case Study of the SDGs Workshop in Central Japan. Sustainability 14(4): 2071-1050
  • (2021) Economic and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 1614-7499, 0944-1344

Refereed Proceedings

  • (2023). Transforming Regional Competitiveness through Innovative Smart Technologies: The Case of Toyota Woven City. European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference 2023 Proceedings .European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference 2023. 1. 2. Trinity Business School, Dublin, Ireland
  • (2019). Equity Markets, Economic Indicators and Investment Patterns: The Network Perspective. Society of Interdisciplinary Business Research (SIBR) 2019 Conference Proceedings ."The Interdisciplinary Approach to Research, Innovation and Practice" SIBR 2019 Conference. 1. 2. Osaka, Japan
  • (2018). Asia Pacific, TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and US; The Network Perspective. SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economics Research .SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economics Research. 1. 2. Osaka, Japan
  • (2016). International Conference on Business, Economics, Management and Marketing. FOREIGN PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT AND ECONOMY: THE NETWORK PERSPECTIVE .International Conference on Business, Economic, Management and Marketing. 1. 2. University of Oxford, UK