Loballisation & production chain (please see Assessment Details below)

Course Name : Globallsation and Corporate Social Responsibility


BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course explores various concepts associated with globalisation and its impact on management practice. While rejecting some of the more extreme ideas associated with globalisation (i.e. that the nation state no longer has any significance for business operations), the course explores the drivers for, and impacts of, global competitiveness and changing international business practices. In particular, the course looks at the ways in which both the benchmarking of best practice in the area of work organisation and
the universalisation of various business norms are driving globalisation, rather than being a response to it.


COURSE AIMS
The chief aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the concept of globalization and its implications for both the practice of management and the pursuit of citizenship in the contemporary world. The impact of recent changes in the world economy and the effects of these on strategic decision-making, investment decisions, supply chain management and people management are canvassed. Desired outcomes from the course include a fuller understanding of the processes associated
with globalization as well as a reasoned appreciation of the costs and benefits associated with this form of economic development. The relationships between the economics of globalization and the ethics of globalization, especially as they pertain to Human Resource Management are explored.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of the course students should be able to explain what globalization is and to have come to a critical understanding of the processes that have brought it about and the effects that it is having. The course is designed for the development of theoretical/analytical skills, critical judgement, information processing skills and ethical reflection. Specifically students should be able to:

” Identify the continuities and dissimilarities that mark our current economic age from previous ones
” Develop a familiarity with the effects that globalization is having on a variety of industry sectors
” Have an appreciation of the benefits and risks associated with globalization
” Possess an understanding of the effects that globalization is having on the management of
people/HRM and upon employment relations
” Develop an understanding of the ethical challenges posed by the process of globalization
” Be able to apply key concepts to the analysis of a global supply chain and understand how that
supply chain functions

Assessment Details

1) Research Essay Plan and Bibliography (1500 Words): This assignment should provide an outline of your major research paper. It will tell us what production chain you wish to study, by defining the chain and its boundaries. The outline should provide an overview of the structure of your major paper, by indicating the sub-sections that will be included in your essay and the topics covered in each subsection, (Refer to Assignment #2 Research Essay for more detail). In other words, your plan should provide an indication of what will be covered in the essay and in what order.
The bibliography should provide a listing of your main references and sources of any data that you plan on using. A minimum of 10 academic articles/monographs should be included in this item.


2) Research Essay(3000): This project should provide an analysis of a production chain (i.e. the sets of processes that eventuate in a particular product or service that your are interested in learning more about). In your analysis you must consider the following:

a. How has globalisation influenced the management of the production chain?
b. How are people managed and what effects if any has globalisation had upon this?
c. What ethical implications arise with the globalisation of the production chain?

You may also elect to treat some of the following topics in your essay:

” The role of new technologies in the production chain &/or the management of employees associated with it.
” Changing corporate strategies and structures
” Spatial and locational decisions and their implications
” Patterns of demand and product life cycles
” The role of government policies, including policies that effect labour, consumers, the
environment and business directly (e.g. tariffs, subsidies, etc.)

The unit of analysis for this essay may be either a particular industry that constitutes a specific production chain, or a specific corporation(s) that oversee the management of a global production chain. A minimum of 10 academic journal articles &/or scholarly monographs (books) is required in this item. Web information and the textbook can be used but are not considered to fall within the preceding criteria.


Marking criteria: (1) Theoretical and conceptual understanding. Appropriate choice & use of concepts & theories to analyse the supply chain you have selected. (2) Use of supporting information, literature sources; range & quality of empirical information presented; relevant practical examples described & linked to relevant theories. (3) Logical argument and essay structure with clearly defined issue and links to relevant empirical evidence; appropriate premises identified; comparison & weighing of information with valid conclusions drawn; clear flow of ideas (eg. start to finish, paragraph to paragraph). (4) Practical application of concepts and theories. (5)
Presentation. Writing style facilitates reader s understanding; concise; not repetitive; appropriate format; word limit; on time; typing; spelling; grammar.