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Module Title LM Business and Society
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 28947
Module Lead Steve Brammer
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description This module examines the relationship between business and society through a variety of conceptual lenses and frameworks in order to inform the development of policies, strategies and practices that help managers in contemporary organisations manage their relationships with society and the natural environment. These multiple analytical lenses will give students a toolkit to critically appraise organisational challenges in respect of ethics, responsibility, justice and values. Through the use of case studies, videos and role-plays the student will better understand contemporary ethical dilemmas faced by organisations as well as the processes that enlightened organisations have developed to manage such dilemmas.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Apply a critical analysis of the changing conceptual frameworks underlying the implicit contract between business and society and their application to the forming of corporate strategy.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current and future challenges being faced by businesses as they negotiate their relationship with their physical and social environments in fast changing conditions, and the key questions these pose for corporate action, strategies and purposes.
  • Critically appraise the new practices and business opportunities, which are developing as companies attempt to respond to these challenges, and their sometimes contradictory effects.
Assessment 28947-01 : Group Assignment : Presentation (20%)
28947-02 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (80%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
Group assignments (Presentations and written reports the equivalent of 1500 words in total) – 20%

Individual assignments (3000 words in total) - 80%

Reassessment: 3000 word individual assignment - 100%
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