You are required to choose one (1) of the following three statements (Topics 1, 2 or 3) and argue either in the affirmative (for) or the negative (against) providing a critical argument with evidence to support your argument:
Essays should be no longer than2000 words, exclusive of appendices, references, etc. Students are required to undertake research to locate academic references using online databases (e.g EBSCO, Proquest, Emerald, Science Direct etc) and need to use at least twelve academic references. Literature pointers will be provided on the Ethics & Governance Canvas. The submission deadline will be announced during the teaching visit (Early July 2018).
During the 2018 Malaysian election, Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes provided support for the incumbent political party (as did many other business leaders?). This was criticised by some as being unacceptable for people to use their corporate influence to throw their weight around. Do you think it is legitimate for senior executives to engage in public discourse on political issues?
- Scherer, AG, Palazzo, G, Matten, D (2014) 'The Business Firm as a Political Actor', Business & Society, Vol.53(2), pp XXXXXXXXXX
- Lawton, T., McGuire, S., & Rajwani, T XXXXXXXXXXCorporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(1), 86-105.
- Chin, MK, Hambrick, DC, Treviño, LK (2013) 'Political Ideologies of CEOs: The Influence of Executives’ Values on Corporate Social Responsibility', Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol.58(2), pp XXXXXXXXXX
Facebook has recently been embroiled in a data privacy scandal with controversial firm Cambridge-Analytica. Does a lack of moral awareness explain Facebook's decision making in this case?
- Manohka XXXXXXXXXXCambridge Analytica’s closure is a pyrrhic victory for data privacy,https://theconversation.com/cambridge-analyticas-closure-is-a-pyrrhic-victory-for-data-privacy-96034[Accessed 12 May 2018].
- Butterfield, K. D., Trevin, L. K., & Weaver, G. R XXXXXXXXXXMoral awareness in business organizations: Influences of issue-related and social context factors. Human relations, 53(7), XXXXXXXXXX.
Given scandals across a range of supply chains, how credible are claims by firms that they have an ethical supply chain? Draw on course concepts/readings and wider research and reading to critically discuss a specific case (Thai fishing, Rana Plaza or Fair trade coffee/chocolate).
Crane, A XXXXXXXXXXModern slavery as a management practice: Exploring the conditions and capabilities for human exploitation.Academy of Management Review,38(1), 49-69.
Hunt T (2015) 'Drinking an ethical cup of coffee: how easy is it?',https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/29/drinking-an-ethical-cup-of-coffee-how-easy-is-it[Accessed 28 May 2018]
Gale A (2016) 'Is Apple's supply chain unethical?'https://www.managementtoday.co.uk/apples-supply-chain-unethical/article/1379976[Accessed 28 May 2018]
Lawrence F & Hodal K (2018) 'Thailand accused of failing to stamp out murder and slavery in fishing industry'https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/30/thailand-failing-to-stamp-out-murder-slavery-fishing-industry-starvation-forced-labour-trafficking[Accessed 28 May 2018]
Nagaraj A (2018) 'Five years after Rana Plaza disaster, many workers face 'unacceptably dangerous' conditions'https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-garments-accident/five-years-after-rana-plaza-disaster-many-workers-face-unacceptably-dangerous-conditions-idUSKBN1HU301[Accessed 28 May 2018]
Please read the Research Essay Guide and Referencing Guide
Ethics&Governance Assessment 1 - Guide 2018 S2 SIM-1.docxHarvard_Citation_Style_Examples.pdf
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