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Managing the Responsible Business

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N12100

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Stelvia Matos

Credits & Level: 10 Credits, Level 2

Pre-requisites: N11612 (Work and Society).

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part I and Part II students with the required pre-requisite N11612 (Work and Society)

Delivery: 5 x 3-hour online learning; 5 x 2-hour seminars; 2 x 1-hour lectures

Assessment: One 1,500 word individual essay (50%); Online participation requiring the completion of a selection of e-tivities and interactions (50%)

Summary of Content This module introduces students to the key frameworks and practices for managing a social responsible, environmentally friendly, inclusive and ethical business. Five critical questions are posed throughout the module: 1) What are the issues presented by current global business operations that make sustainability challenging? 2) What tools and frameworks help to better assess business impacts? 3) How can global leaders and organisations affect change? 4) How could innovation open opportunities for more sustainable and responsible commerce? 5) What challenges might business and society face in the future? Students will gain an understanding of managerial frameworks for analysing the issues of current business practices and for developing solutions for long-term success.

Aims To enable students to take a more comprehensive and critical perspective of business and its relationship with social and environmental stakeholders. This module builds on current issues to develop effective solutions for tomorrow's global business.

Key Words: Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, Ethical Business, Innovation

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The development, access and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • The management of customer expectations, relationships and development of service excellence
  • Leadership, management and development of people including the implications of the legal context
  • Leadership, management and development of organisations including the implications of the legal context
  • The management of resources
  • The management of the supply chain
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The use of risk management techniques and business continuity planning to help maximise achievement of strategic objectives on the economic, social and environmental conditions of the future.
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The design, development of organisations, including cross-cultural issues, change, diversity and values
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
  • The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy



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