EXMBM513-22B (HAM)

Sustainability and Responsible Management

15 Points

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Strategic Engagement
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Paper Description

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This paper examines key issues and challenges of environmental, social and economic sustainability for individuals, organisations and nation states. It examines key issues in responsible management with a focus on business governance. The course will use the Moodle platform to provide links to course material and activities that need to be viewed, read or completed prior to class.
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Paper Structure

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As long as COVID regulations allow, students are strongly encouraged to attend sessions in person at the Hamilton campus. The teaching philosophy of this paper benefits most from in-person interaction with lecturers and fellow students. However, for those students who are not in Hamilton or need to self-isolate, a FLEXI option is offered. Students can join sessions online via Zoom. Whether you attend in-class or on Zoom, sessions are synchronous**, meaning that you need to be present and participate during the scheduled slot. Although sessions are recorded, group activities cannot be recorded and much of your learning will happen during these activities.

Any changes to the paper's structure necessitated by a change in COVID regulations or a lecturer having to self-isolate will be communicated in Moodle and via announcements.

Sessions are divided between Digital Business (DB) and Supply Chain Management (SC). A combination of learning activities are used to assist your understanding, answer questions, analyse cases, and provide insights that help you 'scaffold' learning. Recorded video lectures, online content, and required reading will be prescribed. It is essential that you prepare for each session as instructed.

**If you cannot attend a session due to illness or another legitimate reason, please notify the relevant lecturer before the session. You will be expected to watch the session's recording in your own time. Please note, some in-class activities will not be available after the fact.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of social, environmental and economic sustainability issues and its impact on business (LO 1)
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  • Discuss and evaluate policy alternatives to achieve sustainability objectives (LO 2)
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in organisational governance (LO 3)
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  • Apply sustainability principles to evaluation of future actions (LO 4).
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All assessments need to be completed.

PLEASE NOTE: The University has zero-tolerance for Plagiarism.

All assessment must be submitted as a Word document, unless otherwise stated.

Booking of rooms for group meetings

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Individual Assignment - 1
24 Aug 2022
10:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Individual Assignment - 2
14 Sep 2022
10:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Group Presentations and Discussion - 3
22 Sep 2022
2:00 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Classroom Discussions and Interactions - 4
20 Oct 2022
2:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Final Project work - 5 (Individual work)
26 Oct 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Sustainability: A comprehensive foundation by T. Theis & J. Tomkin
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Recommended Readings

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Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices In Managing And Measuring Corporate, Social, Environmental And Economic Impacts

A Primer on Sustainability In the Business Environment edited by Nancy Bocken, Paavo Ritala, Laura Albareda and Robert Verburg

Markets and the environment by Keohane, Nathaniel O. and Sheila M. Olmstead.

An Introduction to Sustainability : Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives by Martin Mulligan

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Other Resources

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Other resources will be specified in class
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Online Support

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Waikato Management School Helpdesk: wms_helpdesk@waikato.ac.nz, 0800 WAIKATO, extn 4599

ITS: https://landesk.waikato.ac.nz

Moodle help files

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There are 150 learning hours for this paper. The time is devoted to the following activities: :

1. Attend Lecture sessions

2. Read teaching materials and chapters assigned

3. Complete Individual Assignment 1

4. Complete Individual Assignment 2

5. Group presentations

6. Complete Project work (Individual Assignment 3) and

7. Class room group discussions, debate and interactions

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: EXPM508

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