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The Louvre Museum, Paris
The Louvre Museum, Paris

ESC Rennes

Spend 2 weeks in a distinctive international business program learning how organizations and managers can optimize the triple bottom line - economic, social, and environmental sustainability – through a successful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.  
Located in Rennes, the capital city of Brittany in the Northwest region of France, ESC Rennes is one of the 36 elite management schools making up the “Grande Ecole” network in France.
ESC Rennes Business School Building
ESC Rennes Business School Building
Class photo 2010 - inside the ESC Rennes building
Class photo 2010 - inside the ESC Rennes building
Outdoor cafes in Rennes
Outdoor cafes in Rennes
Dr. Cathy DuBois and Justin Goodman in Rennes
Dr. Cathy DuBois and Justin Goodman in Rennes
Students in class: Patrick Tucker, Justin Goodman, Chris McMenamin, and Ashley Tolliver
Students in class: Patrick Tucker, Justin Goodman, Chris McMenamin, and Ashley Tolliver

2 week pre-course online module prior to the trip covering:

  • Paradigm shift: Organizational functioning in a hot, flat, and crowded world
  • The threats to planet and people that result from an exclusive consideration of profit
  • Prosperity and growth revisited
  • The importance of design and intention in creating long term success

Outside reading (articles, case studies, sustainability reports)
Interactive lectures and classroom debate on the readings
Group presentations of company sustainability reports
30 class hours covering Responsible Management:

  • CSR Concepts and Framework
  • Stakeholder Management
  • CSR and the Environment
  • CSR and Consumers
  • The Institutional Environment of CSR
  • CSR and Strategy: Governance and Responsible Leadership
  • CSR and HR Management
  • Embedding CSR in the Organizational DNA
  • Ethics in Finance and Socially Responsible Investment

Professor Don Minday, ESC Rennes, Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Management and Organization

Dr. Cathy DuBois, Kent State University, Associate Professor
Department of Management and Information Systems

2014 Trip Dates

June 17-27, 2014


Tuition for a 3 Credit Course at Kent State
Students should also budget approximately $2,500 for airfare, train, lodging, and food
Scholarships are available.  Attachment (International Scholarship Application)

Additional Travel

Students will have additional time to travel and do sightseeing.  Students may also travel prior to and after the program.
Some suggested locations (Approximate Cost)
Rennes – Mont Saint Michel (By bus, €11.00)
Rennes – Dinan (By bus, €6.20 for 26 and younger, €7.80 for 27 and over)
Rennes – Saint Malo (By train, €26.00)
Rennes – Vannes (By train, €34.00)
Rennes – Vitré (By train, €15.00)


Students must be regularly enrolled or qualified transient students at Kent State.  This includes students enrolled in the M.B.A., M.S. in Accounting, and M.A. in Economics, and advanced Juniors and Seniors (with approval). Registration in the class is done only with instructor approval.


For more information:
Dr. Cathy DuBois – Faculty Sponsor
College of Business Administration
A412 BSA
300-672-1157 or

For scholarship information and academic advising:
Theresa Wallace
College of Business Administration
300 BSA
330-672-1292 or

Graduate students:
Felecia Urbanek
Graduate Programs Office
A310 BSA
330-672-2282 or

Additional Links 

ESC Rennes Website
ESC Rennes Program Application