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Module Title LI Responsible Business: Theory and Practice
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 32264
Module Lead
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-142 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-12 hours
Project supervision-12 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Lecture-14 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description Irresponsible businesses exploit marginalised communities, damage our ecosystems, unfairly distributing benefits, costs, risks and harm. However, not all businesses are inherently bad and or intentionally irresponsible. There are many examples where responsible businesses have made positive contributions and a growing recognition that responsible business is associated with business excellence. Feasible alternatives to business irresponsibility exist and are successful in different contexts.
Pragmatic responsible business solutions are available that would allow businesses to transcend the limitations imposed by the hidden logic of business irresponsibility. There is a growing movement for change, driven by the growing visibility of the cumulative impact of the consequences of irresponsible actions and the benefits accruing from responsible businesses.
This module will allow students to understand the challenges associated with responsible business transformation and to develop a conceptual and pragmatic set of responsible business competences to assist in this transformation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a theoretically informed analysis of the reasons why businesses may choose to act irresponsibly.
  • Identify and justify a range of responsible business solutions.
  • Evaluate different business processes and practices from a responsible business perspective. Diagnose problems in a range of business cases and design effective solutions.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication and collaboration in responsible business transformation
  • Articulate the risks and opportunities associated with responsible and irresponsible businesses
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 3 x 500 word structured case study report - 30%; Participation in Business Game - 25%; 1 x 750 word essay - 20%; 1 x 5 minute group video on solving a key business challenge - 25%.
Reassessment: To submit five case study reports that were not originally submitted for the main assessment and 1500 word essay.
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