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MMBA8068 – Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

2021 – Term 2, Special circumstances

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Prof Debbie Haski-Leventhal
Room 617, level 6, 4 Eastern Road, Macquarie University
Wednesday, 10am – 12pm
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MBA or GradCertMgtPostMBA or MSusDev or MSocEntre or GradCertSocEntre or GradDipMgt
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Unit description Unit description

Strategic CSR is the incorporation of a holistic CSR perspective within a firm’s strategic planning and core operations so that the firm is managed in the interest of a broad set of stakeholders to achieve maximum economic and social value over the medium to long term. It implies that CSR is aligned with the company’s brand and what it stands for and embedded in every aspect of the business. In this unit we will examine the evolution of CSR thought and practice, discuss stakeholder integration and responsible leadership, present approaches to business ethics, and explore business sustainability and climate action. We will work on the practices of measuring and reporting impact, communication and organisational change towards sustainability.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Integrate Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its six components into business operations
  • ULO2: Use a stakeholder integration approach in order benefit the organisation and society at large.
  • ULO3: Integrate ethical concepts, social and environmental factors into business decision-making.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate how strategic CSR can assist in delivering social, financial, and environmental value, both as an individual and as part of a group

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Policy:

Late assessment submissions must be submitted through the appropriate submission link in iLearn. No extensions will be granted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24-hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.

Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Discussions, debate, analysis and small group tasks 20% No In class
Group Presentation 40% No 23/05/2021
CSR Analysis Report 40% No 01/06/2021

Discussions, debate, analysis and small group tasks

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: In class
Weighting: 20%

 

This task requires students to contribute to in class activities that are based on content and concepts.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its six components into business operations
  • Integrate ethical concepts, social and environmental factors into business decision-making.

Group Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 34 hours
Due: 23/05/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

The group presentation will be based on an analysis of a company’s strategic CSR, as defined and applied in this unit. Each group needs to find a company that has a CSR and/or sustainability program. This can be a company one of the group members works or has worked in or a well-known company. The group is required to collect data using publicly available information and/or via interviews and surveys. In the last day of this unit, each group will present for 30 minutes, with each member presenting for at least five minutes on one of the five parts: 1. The company, its vision, mission and business strategy 2. Its current CSR. 3. Stakeholder integration approach 4. Strategic CSR (all six aspects)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its six components into business operations
  • Use a stakeholder integration approach in order benefit the organisation and society at large.
  • Integrate ethical concepts, social and environmental factors into business decision-making.
  • Demonstrate how strategic CSR can assist in delivering social, financial, and environmental value, both as an individual and as part of a group

CSR Analysis Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: 01/06/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Based on the group work for the group presentation, each member will be required to submit a full individual report. The report will need to include a review of the relevant literature, an analysis of the business (including its strategy, current CSR, six aspects of strategic CSR) and offer suggestions for improvement. The reports are to be written individually and will be checked for plagiarism. In addition, the group will need to provide one shared document on which they will be assessed collectively. It will include an executive summary of the company’s analysis, and one additional aspect of CSR (e.g. reporting or marketing). It will also include a reflection on the project and the teamwork.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its six components into business operations
  • Use a stakeholder integration approach in order benefit the organisation and society at large.
  • Integrate ethical concepts, social and environmental factors into business decision-making.
  • Demonstrate how strategic CSR can assist in delivering social, financial, and environmental value, both as an individual and as part of a group

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required text

Haski-Leventhal, D. (2018). Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools and theories for responsible management. London: SAGE

Unit web page

The web page for this unit can be found at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/

Technology Used and Required

Students are required to have access to a personal computer and familiarise themselves with iLearn (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/).

iLearn will be used to post lecture slides, assessment details, student grades and as a means of communication between staff members and students.

Delivery Format and Other Details

  • Number and length of classes: 5 x 8 hours of lecture and seminar activities. Classes may vary due to public holiday(s)
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:  http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

Recommended readings

Recommended readings are provided via the links on the iLearn Unit page

Unit Schedule

Please see iLearn.

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