Management and Business in the 21st Century: Central Questions in the Global Economy, Ecology and Ethics
Assessment – 1 (weighting 50%) – Critically discuss and present a plan on how organizations can contribute to the betterment of society through elevating the health and well-being of those who live in it. What role can organizations play in positively affecting the physical, psychological, social, and financial health of individuals, groups, communities, countries, regions, or global society? (2500 words)
The essay may explore such issues as whether (and why) organizations have a responsibility for improving the lives of individuals in society. Do organizations have an obligation to “give back”? Are there benefits for organizations who seek to improve lives as a strategic opportunity? Could—and should—organizations play more of a role in the overall health and well-being of a society?
What does it take to achieve a coordinated and sustained effort from organizations to address the grand challenges of improving a society’s physical, psychological, social, and financial health?
How can health and well-being become part of the conversation in upper echelons of organizations? What types of leadership approaches will engage people in making positive differences in their lives, on both large and small scales? If organizational purpose is to ensure that lives are better, what should organizations do differently?
Your discussion should be backed by sufficient academic references in order to consider it for grading. Please note just a summary of your understanding in descriptive form shall be disqualified from any grading. In addition, you may support your answer with relevant research findings, and other scholarly references. Students are required to present a 2,500-word critical discussion on the above-mentioned topic. Students should present a well-integrated piece of work combining theory with appropriate examples, and fully referenced using the Harvard system throughout.
Your essay should be presented in a clear, succinct style. The essays will be marked with this format in mind:
a) Introduction, and the quick summary of what is contained in the essay. (10%)
b) Critical Analysis using any three issues mentioned as guiding questions to write the essay. (20%)
c) Evaluation (20%)
d) Formulation (20%)
d) Use of appropriate example to provide evidence to the discussion (10%)
d) Format as advised in the Module Handbook (10%)
e) Appropriate referencing using Harvard Referencing Style (10%)