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Business in Society

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Business in Society is a knowledge-intensive and research-based programme in business administration. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business.

Has media attention for corporate social responsibility actually changed the way for-profit organisations currently do business? How can leaders make ethical decisions in a world where businesses are under pressure of global competition? The Amsterdam Business School at the University of Amsterdam and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam offer a new joint Research Master's programme that addresses such questions.

The programme offers several specialisations in the broad field of business administration (such as: strategy, organizational theory, accounting, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, international business, human resource management, organizational behaviour, and marketing), as well as an overarching perspective connecting these fields, which is necessary to understand the multi-faceted business in society issues. It also provides you with the methodological and theory-building skills needed to conceive of new solutions for the problems related to business in society.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


Students should be interested in the theme of the Research Master. Such interest will be assessed on the basis an essay on a topic of your choice related to business in society. If you wish, you can enter your essay in the competition for a scholarship. Essays should be no longer than 1500 words, excluding tables, figures and references. They should include an abstract (max. 100 words) and a reference list conform APA standards. Layout: Font 12, margins >1 inch, line space 1.5.


With a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students, this English taught programme offers intensive interactions with other students and close supervision and collaboration with excellent researchers passionate about understanding complex business problems in their societal perspective. You will learn from, and work closely with, some of the world's leading scholars in the field of business administration.


Business Theories in perspective
Philosophy of Science for Business Administration
Business in Society
Specialisation Seminars
Interdisciplinairy Projects
Quantitative and Qualitative Research methods in Business Administration
Research internships

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Learning philosophy

The Research Master's Business in Society is not only unique in its focus on business in society, but also in its emphasis on developing theory-building skills and in offering to students to learn by collaborating with internationally reputed researchers.

We strongly believe that testing further existing theories will not be enough to successfully address the complex issues businesses face in their interactions with society. Therefore, we are convinced that tomorrow's business researchers need strong theory-building skills besides strong methodological skills. So, instead of primarily focusing on developing your knowledge of research methods, the Research Master is designed to promote a balanced combination of methodological skills and academic literary skills (theory-building, critical, reflective attitude, excellent writing, and communication).

We also believe in learning by working alongside experts. It is why our Research Master's counts two research internships. You will be free to select with whom you wish to work from a portfolio of projects proposed by internationally renowned researchers at both UvA and VU.

job perspective

As a graduate of the programme, you will be able to:

* understand complex business problems including their societal dimensions;

* adopt an original and interdisciplinary perspective in proposing solutions to these complex problems;

* design and perform high-quality research to provide evidence of the implications of business decisions for both businesses and society;

* communicate research results to both the scientific and the practitioner community to influence the way organisations do business.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120