Applying key concepts and theories to identify real-world impacts and propose solutions. In this assignment you are required to analyse a case study from industry and propose ways to end the negative impacts that your business is having on some of its stakeholders.
The purpose of this assessment is to help you identify key stakeholders in global business and to take account of their perspectives while developing solutions that bring benefit to all.
This assessment will measure the following knowledge and skills:
Identification and analysis of the key stakeholders in the case study and their interests
Developing viable detailed solutions to address key stakeholder needs, using evidence from your research (scholarly literature and practitioner reports)
Use of theory and concepts
Structure and clarity of report
Quality of research and referencing
You need to write a report that answers the case study questions.
As this assessment is a report, there should be a short executive summary to begin (this will not be include in your word count) and limited headings / sub-headings are encouraged. Standard academic referencing conventions should be used. Formal language should also be used.
Your report should conform to the following structure:
Executive Summary (not included in word count). This summary gives an overview of what you are going to do/argue in your report, and would normally be placed at the beginning of the report. People often write the Executive Summary when they have finished answering the case study questions.
Answer to question 1 (approx. 250 words)
Answer to question 2 (approx. 300 words)
Answer to question 3 (approx. 950 words)
We suggest you use sub-headings in this last section where you can outline each step in your proposed strategy and give details of what it involves.
Reference list (not included in the word count)
Formal language and academic referencing conventions should be used throughout. There is a lot to cover and ensuring that you are clear and succinct in your written expression is very important. This is a vital and highly transferrable skill.
You are expected to use course concepts and theories to inform you answers (see the marking guide)
You must use at least four peer-reviewed academic references in addition to the assignment resources listed on the case study. You can also reference other published government reports and publications, institutional reports and regulatory standards, NGO reports and websites.
Suggested readings: You can use and reference this literature below to help you show that you are aware of the complex issues in the case, and to help you explain how your proposed strategies can help solve the problems in the case (these articles can be used as your four (or more) peer-reviewed academic references if you wish). Of course, you can also do further research to find additional research to inform your answers to the case study questions.
Alamgir, F., and Alakavuklar, O.N. (2020). Compliance Codes and Women Workers’ (Mis)representation and (Non) recognition in the Apparel Industry of Bangladesh. Journal of Business Ethics, 165 (2),295–310.
Alamgir, F. and Banerjee, S.B. (2019). Contested compliance regimes in global production networks: Insights from the Bangladesh garment industry. Human Relations, 72(2) 272–297.
Anner, M. (2021). Power relations in global supply chains and the unequal distribution of costs during crises: Squeezing suppliers and workers during the Covid‐19 pandemic. International Labour Review. 1616 (1), 59-81.
Anner, M. (2019) Predatory purchasing practices in global apparel supply chains and the employment relations squeeze in the Indian garment export industry. International Labour Review, (4) 158, 705-727.
McCarthy, L., Soundararajan, V., and Taylor, S. (2019). The hegemony of men in global value chains: Why it matters for labour governance. Human relations, 74, (12), 2051 – 2074.
Ozkazanc-Pan, B. (2018). CSR as Gendered Neocoloniality in the Global South. Journal of business ethics160. (4), 851 – 864.
Soundararajan, V., Brown, J., and Wicks, A. (2019). Can Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Improve Global Supply Chains? Improving Deliberative Capacity with a Stakeholder Orientation. Business Ethics Quarterly, 29(3),385–412.