Increasingly businesses are being called upon to play crucial roles addressing ‘wicked’ sustainability issues in society, and to respond to the needs and expectations of different stakeholder groups. In this course we consider how leaders ensure their organizations fulfil their various social responsibilities, especially in terms of their corporate social responsibility, sustainability, governance, ethical behavior and in creating socially innovative products and services to address sustainable development challenges whilst maintaining profitability. In addition we have seen an explosion in the number of social enterprises, B-Corps, non-profits, and other mission-driven organizations. The leaders of these organizations are often responding to the culturally specific issues facing their particular societies, seen in the places this voyage will visit. This course considers how organizations and leaders address social issues most pertinent to them and their organizations. This course focuses on organizational responses (through CSR and product design), pioneering leaders (such as CEOs and organizational champions), and policy/practitioner leadership initiatives, considered through the specific contexts for each of the regions visited. Students will acquire the knowledge and capability to critically reflect on the social responsibilities of businesses, and to consider how they might reflect social responsibility in their own leadership in the future.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: March 1, 2018
The final sites for this field day are still to be confirmed but they will be based in organizations practicing or promoting social responsibility within the Cochin region. The field day is expected to examine their organization/stakeholder groups to explore social responsibility in action and to explore the initiatives undertaken with one or more beneficiary groups. It is also hoped we can specifically meet an Ashoka fellow and discuss their specific leadership practices in this area.
- To explore one of more organizations that take a strong leadership role in addressing social issues in their local community;
- To identify the kinds of issues Indian companies might need to consider as part of their social responsibilities;
- To consider what role organizational and personal leadership plays in the organization(s) and their activities;
- To consider how different groups in Indian society benefit from the organization(s) activities
- To reflect on what the boundaries should be for Indian organizations in terms of the roles they should play in society and the kinds of issues they should address