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Module 4: Corporate Social Responsibility & Stakeholder Leadership
Module 4 Corporate Social Responsibility & Stakeholder Leadership
Overview
This module explores the discourse of “corporate social responsibility:” its ethical meaning, social applications, and conceptual limits.
Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
Ask and venture answers to the following key ethical questions: Is corporate social responsibility ethically important? Are objections to it ethically defensible? What might those objections be, and what assumptions underlie them?
Examine the way in which changing social attitudes impact ethical standards and best practices.
Test concepts from this unit by applying them to a practical problem of business ethics and justice in the workplace.
Key Concepts
This module focuses on the following major topics:
Four key assumptions underlying opposition to the notion that corporations have ethical duties beyond increasing shareholder value. Are these assumptions credible?
The impact of the attitudes of Millennials as a population of customers and stakeholders on issues around corporate social responsibility
A case study to help us explore the viability and ethical value of participatory corporate self-governance
Summary of Module Learning Activities
This section outlines the activities that you will complete in this module. It is recommended that you complete the readings in the module prior to submitting the assignments.
Read: Ciulla et. al readings
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Purpose
The midterm paper allows you to analyze the conceptual and normative issues surrounding the assigned materials for a module of your choice up through the midway point in our course.
Directions
Now you should know your topic for the midterm paper. You should start collecting resources for your paper.
About cited sources: throughout your paper, you must reference at least 3 different authors we have encountered during the semester so far, at least 2 of whom must be drawn from Module 1. Note that these requirements permit some overlap in the assigned materials you use and cite. The acceptable range is 3-6 separate sources cited throughout your paper (1-2 per section). Please cite sources following APA style.
Grading
The midterm paper will be graded on a 100 point scale. It is worth 25% of your course grade.
Please review the rubric below to understand how the assignment will be graded.
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Rubric
BLHV 231 Paper Grading Rubric
BLHV 231 Paper Grading Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction/Thesis
25 pts
Exceeds Expectations
(1) Exceptional introduction that grabs interest of reader and states topic. (2) Thesis is exceptionally clear, well-developed, and a definitive statement.
20 pts
Meets Expectations
(1) Proficient introduction that is interesting and states topic. (2) Thesis is clear and arguable statement of position.
15 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
(1) Weak introduction. (2) Purpose of paper is unclear or thesis is weak or missing.
25 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent Knowledge
25 pts
Exceeds Expectations
(1) Exceptionally critical, relevant, comparison and contrast of articles. (2) Excellent understanding of the articles.
20 pts
Meets Expectations
(1) Critical and relevant comparison and contrast of articles. (2) Good understanding of the articles.
15 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
(1) Limited or no appropriate comparison and contrast of articles. (2) Some misunderstanding of the articles.
25 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent Application: Comparative Analysis of Readings
25 pts
Exceeds Expectations
Excellent analysis and thoughtful application of ideas to one’s own work.
20 pts
Meets Expectations
Good analysis and some application of ideas to one’s own work.
15 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
(1) Lack of sufficient analysis. (2) Lack of application of ideas to one’s own work.
25 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting: Grammar & Mechanics
25 pts
Exceeds Expectations
(1) Writing is clear and relevant, with no grammatical and/or spelling errors – polished and professional. (2) Reference section properly formatted. (3) APA Style Manual is followed consistently.
20 pts
Meets Expectations
(1) Most ideas are stated clearly and are related to the topic, with only minor grammatical and/or spelling errors. (2) Reference section adequate. (3) APA Style Manual is followed in most areas.
15 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
(1) Many ideas require clarification and/or are off-topic or have marginal relevance to the assignment. (2) Grammatical and/or spellings errors throughout the paper. (3) The paper is very challenging to read due to poor writing flow. (4) Improper reference section. (5) APA Style Manual is not followed consistently.
25 pts
Total Points: 100
Required Readings for Purchase
Ciulla, J. B., Martin, C. & Solomon, R. C. (Eds.) (2018). Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0190497682 [Henceforth referred to as Ciulla et al. ] This course offers a selective introduction to the study of philosophy through the critical examination of ethical issues arising within situations calling for responsible leadership. We will apply theoretical principles to selected case studies from professional life. Our aim is to practice careful, critical analysis of problems of right and wrong conduct around finance, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, international human rights, data science, global business, distributive and social justice, environmental policy, COVID-19 and similar public health crises, and national and global democratic citizenship.
Week 4
09/13-09/19
Module 4: Corporate Social Responsibility & Stakeholder Leadership
Readings:
Christopher D. Stone, “Why Shouldn’t Corporations Be Socially Responsible?,” p. 179
Paul A. Argeenti, “Corporate Ethics in the Era of Millennials,” p. 198
Case 5.1: “Mondragon Cooperatives,” p. 200
Purpose
This assignment is designed to provoke thinking, and have you thoughtfully examine and make explicit your fundamental assumptions and beliefs about the topic.
This image is currently unavailable Directions
Your reflection piece is to be roughly 1 page long (250-300 words), typed and double-spaced. Remember that the maximum length requirement is an important aspect of this assignment. Please cite sources following APA style.
On Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Leadership
Your task in this paper is twofold:
First, from this week’s readings, you have a choice.
(A) Select one of the two main readings — Stone or Argeenti. In your paper’s first part, briefly explain the central argument of the piece. What is the author primarily trying to convince you of, and why? Devote no more than half your reflection piece to this expository task. (B) Address this week’s case study — Case 5.1: “Mondragon Cooperatives.” In your paper’s first part, briefly explain the scenario that leads to our study questions.
Second, depending on whether you chose to write about one of the main readings or the case study, clearly and succinctly explain (A) whether you are convinced by the author’s argument, and why or why not, or (B) how you would answer study questions 1-4. Be sure to spell out your reasons use at least one concrete example to illustrate your perspective.
Your assignment will be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism prevention service via Canvas. Your assignment content will be checked against Internet sources, academic journal articles, and the papers of other students, for common or borrowed content. Turnitin generates a report that highlights any potentially unoriginal text in your paper.
You are allowed one attempt to submit the final version of your assignment as repeated submissions checked via Turnitin will produce inaccurate and high similarity scores that indicate possible plagiarism.
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The reflection piece will be graded on a 100 point scale. All Reflection Pieces will contribute 20% towards your final course grade. Please review the rubric below to understand how the assignment will be graded.
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Rubric
BLHV 231 Reflection Piece Assignment Grading Rubric
BLHV 231 Reflection Piece Assignment Grading Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent Reflection
50 pts
Exceeds Expectations
Reflection demonstrates a high degree of critical thinking in applying, analyzing, and evaluating key course concepts and theories from readings, lectures, media, discussions activities, and/or assignments. Insightful and relevant connections made through contextual explanations, inferences, and examples.
40 pts
Meets Expectations
Reflection demonstrates some degree of critical thinking in applying, analyzing, and/or evaluating key course concepts and theories from readings, lectures, media, discussions activities, and/or assignments. Connections made through explanations, inferences, and/or examples.
30 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
Reflection lacks critical thinking. Superficial connections are made with key course concepts and course materials, activities, and/or assignments
50 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePersonal Growth
30 pts
Exceeds Expectations
Conveys strong evidence of reflection on own work with a personal response to the self-assessment questions posed. Demonstrates significant personal growth and awareness of deeper meaning through inferences made, examples, well developed insights, and substantial depth in perceptions and challenges. Synthesizes current experience into future implications.
24 pts
Meets Expectations
Conveys evidence of reflection on own work with a personal response to the self-assessment questions posed. Demonstrates satisfactory personal growth and awareness through some inferences made, examples, insights, and challenges. Some thought of the future implications of current experience.
18 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
Conveys inadequate evidence of reflection on own work in response to the self-assessment questions posed. Personal growth and awareness are not evident and/or demonstrates a neutral experience with negligible personal impact. Lacks enough inferences, examples, personal insights and challenges, and/or future implications are overlooked.
30 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Quality
20 pts
Exceeds Expectations
Well written and clearly organized using standard English, characterized by elements of a strong writing style and basically free from grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling errors.
16 pts
Meets Expectations
Above average writing style and logically organized using standard English with minor errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling.
12 pts
Does Not Meet Expectations
Poor writing style lacking in standard English, clarity, language used, and/or frequent errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. Needs work.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTimeliness
0 pts
0 points deducted
Reflection is submitted on or before deadline.
0 pts
1-5 points deducted
Reflection is submitted within 1 day (24 hours) after the deadline.
0 pts
6-10 points deducted
Reflection is submitted 2-3 days (49-72 hours) after the deadline.
0 pts
Total Points: 100

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