Coursework 50%: Part A – An individual essay of 3,000 words investigating an ethical problem in International Management (80% weighting). Part B – A formal presentation of your essay topic (20% weighting) Weeks 18-19
• Coursework essay hand in date: 2pm on Thursday 24th March 2016 (Week 24)
• Target feedback date coursework: Monday 25th April 2016.
Examination 50%: Unseen examination, essay style, with the students having to answer two questions in two hours.
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1. The module convener will issue every student enrolling on that module with a booklet describing the nature and demands of the module, including:
a calendar of all classes involved in the module and a week-by-week list of the topics to be covered by the modules;
a list of required preparation for each week;
a description of the assessment criteria to be used during the module;
a statement of the nature, pattern and timing of the assessment;
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participate fully in the learning process;
attend all classes and arranged tutorials;
provide the school office with an explanation of enforced absences;
hand all coursework assignments in on time in accordance with published procedures;
attend all examinations at the published time and venue;
complete 100 hours of study (including assessed work and timetabled activities) for each 10-credit module (200 hours for 20 credits, 300 hours for 30 credits, 400 hours for 40 credits);
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up-date their records with the University and the Business School
International organisations, companies and their managers are under pressure to act in a more socially responsible and sustainable manner. Changing social attitudes and values have made organisations question their obligations towards their direct stakeholders, as well as to society. Issues such as: unfair treatment; corporate image and reputation; sustainable development; as well as many new complex ethical issues related to IT and the Internet, globalisation and so on, are posing managers difficult questions.
This module aims to engage students in the critical exploration of the management of business in this international context, enabling them to broaden their basic knowledge of management and the ethical and social issues likely to impact on their practice as professional managers.
Adopting a critical approach, the module designed to enable students to identify the choices, opportunities, demands and constraints likely to be placed on them as managers in international management and to explore and critically analyse the dilemma between values espoused and the actual values in use.
The module will consider issues of personal and professional integrity, ethical management in the management and leadership role, ethical issues in organisations and the professions, as well as corporate social responsibility.
Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:
1. demonstrate understanding of how a range of ethical theories and principles can be applied to both the macro and micro environment of business and management in an international context;
2. demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of the external ethical and environmental context in which international organisations operate, including issues including the internal management of information systems – data protection and security, and how organizations respond to the context;
3. identify, problem-solve and manage the ethical issues and implications of professional, social, legal and information system dimensions to organisations.
4. define and demonstrate a working understanding of corporate social responsibility within an organisation;
5. provide a rigorous and coherent approach to the ethical dimensions of managerial decision-making, underpinned by relevant theory and its application;
6. be sensitive to diversity in people in national, organisational and cultural contexts;
7. identify ethical conflicts which undermine personal and professional integrity at work;
8. apply and critique ethical principles to practice; and
9. demonstrate skills in appraising and applying qualitative research methodologies in relationship to an ethical management approach.
Week Date (w/c) Spring Term Reading
13 04 Jan 16 Reading and Consultation Week
14 11 Jan 16 Introduction to Ethics in the International Context Case study exercises
Assignment and essay briefing
15 18 Jan 16 • Corporate Social responsibility
• Stakeholder Theory for International Corporations • Case study – Analysis of CSR in leading companies
• Review of academic resources
• Essay workshop
• Submit Essay Plan
16 25 Jan 16 Ethics and IT (Guest lecturer Dr Suzy Jagger) Workshop with Suzy Jagger
• Feedback given on Essay Plans
17 01 Feb 16 International Human Resource Management Preparing for your essay presentations.
18 08 Feb 16 Ethics & International Marketing Presentations and formative feedback on essay planning
19 15 Feb 16 Organisational and Personal Integrity – Professional Ethics Presentations and formative feedback on essay planning
Mid Term Module Review
20 22 Feb 16 Sustainability, Social and Environmental Imperatives • Essay writing
Case study: Banyan Tree Resorts
• Essay tutorials
21 29 Feb 16 Ethics and Regulation in Financial Services & International Banking Case study
22 07 Mar 16 Ethical theory revisited Essay workshop
23 14 Mar 16 Review of the module Mock exam questions
24 21 Mar 16 Exam preparation Submit Essay 2pm Thursday 24th March
Formal Module Evaluation
18 Apr 16 Consultation Week and in Class Tests (if applicable)
25 Apr 16 Examination Period
• Target feedback date coursework: Monday 25th April 2016.
Coursework assignment details
Investigating an Ethical Dilemma –
Essay (Part A) and Essay content presentation & feedback (Part B)
You are to undertake an critical inquiry into an ethical dilemma or problem which is of concern to you. The dilemma or problem should to be related to some aspect affecting professional and commercial management in the context of international corporations. You should explore the macro and micro environments in which this problem or concern has arisen. You should explore a range of ethical theories and principles and how they can be applied to explain your understanding of the concern.
You should consider the dilemma of the values espoused and the actual values in use. You should demonstrate an appreciation of the professional social context with an ethical perspective. You should apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the decision making process, policies and managerial actions. As a manager, evaluate and apply appropriate criteria in identifying the extent to which these ethical issues are being managed in the setting. You should propose ways in which the dilemma could be managed and resolved giving supporting evidence and justification and apply ethical principles in this context.
The project should take the form of four stage plan leading to an essay of 3,000 words (Part A) and formal presentation of your ongoing essays research (Part B). The planned stages are as follows:
Part A – Essay
1. Identify an ethical dilemma or concern that you have related to international management. Complete a ‘Dilemma Planner’ (refer Appendix 1 below) by the end of Week 15. The subject matter and research approach needs to be agreed with the module convenor so email the form to Guy Bohane by Friday 22nd January: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive written feedback on your chosen topic by email by the end of week 16.
2. Proceed with initial research investigating the dilemma or concern consulting a range of secondary sources.
3. There will be an essay workshop in the lecture/seminar in Week 22. You should bring along your drafts to discuss and review in a tutorial.
Part B – Presentation of essay topic with formative feedback
4. In weeks 18 & 19 students will be timetabled to present their ongoing research for their essays. Verbal feedback will be given after the presentations with written feedback being provided in weeks 29 & 20.
Presentations should include the following:
• Identifying the dilemma that you are investigating including the context
• Critically assess who is involved and why (stakeholders)
• Justify the range of ethical theories that you are using in analysing the dilemma
• Appraise some initial proposals for the management and resolution of the dilemma
• Identify a broad range of sources that you are using to support your essay
(Refer Appendix 2 below for marking criteria for the presentation).
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