SM0382 - Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and directed reading. The lectures and directed reading will be used to introduce theories, concepts and frameworks and explain how these can be applied to business organisations. Seminars will give students the opportunity to learn how to use the material introduced in lectures to analyse and evaluate the extent to which organisations are successful in managing the triple bottom line. Lectures will be delivered by academic staff with expertise across the domains of both strategic management and corporate responsibility, both within and outwith the sponsoring subject group.

The module will be assessed by two individual assignments; the first of around 800 words (20% weighting) will be submitted around the mid-point of the module and the second of around 3,000 words (80% weighting) will be submitted at the end of the module. The first assignment will allow students to learn via formative feedback and the final assignment will enable students to learn via research into a given company, analyse the data and present a written report with conclusions drawn from the analysis.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participation, both individually and within small groups or teams. Participants can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all seminar sessions through undertaking activities which facilitate them to apply theory to ‘real-life’ situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the organisation.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform. Independent learning will centre upon the participants identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc. Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Learned how to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line
2. Learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by two individual assignments; the first of around 800 words (20% weighting) will be submitted around the mid-point of the module (MLO 2), and the second of around 3,000 words (80% weighting) will be submitted at the end of the module (MLO 1 and 2). The first assignment will allow formative feedback on student performance and the final assignment will test students’ ability to research a given company, analyse the data and present a written report with conclusions drawn from the analysis.

Formative assessment will take place through group work, assignment discussion and reflection, discussion board activity on the e-learning platform, case study activity, and theory/practice related discussions. Criteria will be provided to enable participants to understand what is expected of them and how they will be assessed on their performance. Participants are required to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice where appropriate.



Feedback on summative performance in this module will be provided as follows:
• The first assignment will be returned quickly with annotated comments directly related to the assessment task. Students will also be provided with a written comment on actions to be taken to improve performance in assessment overall. This is intended to be formative feedback to improve performance on the final assignment.
• The final assignment will be returned with annotated comments directly related to the assessment task. Students will also be provided with a written comment on actions to be taken to improve performance in assessment overall.

Pre-requisite(s)

None.

Co-requisite(s)

None.

Module Abstract

Corporate responsibility is one of the principal challenges facing contemporary commerce. This module, Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility, takes an organisational perspective to help students understand how to manage organisational performance, not only in financial terms, but also in terms of its social and environmental responsibilities. In other words, how to manage a ‘triple bottom line’ lies at the heart of this module. Through examining real-world organisations, through case studies and research-led activities, this module allows students to critically analyse and evaluate current practice and discuss practical ways that organisations can respond to the corporate responsibility agenda.

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

Course info

UCAS Code N840

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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