This course examines the social responsibilities of organizations and their leaders as they address divergent expectations from internal and external stakeholders. While recognizing the need for a business to meet financial goals, this course will outline how leaders can ensure their organizations fulfill their societal responsibilities in the areas of ethics, labor and employment, diversity, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and governance. This class will also recognize the culture-specific drivers of some social responsibilities and discuss how they impact organizations operating in the specific countries visited during the semester. Through experiential learning and case discussion, students will acquire the knowledge and capabilities to analyze the multiple elements of a purpose-driven business and act as promoters of socially responsible business in their future endeavors.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be understand how leaders:
- Question the purpose of business and organizations
- Identify ethical principles that guide moral decision-making;
- Recognize the various stakeholders in organizations;\
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the business case for diversity;
- Identify the significance of socially responsible business practices; and
- Understand the global principles of sustainable development.
Field WorkCountry: Portugal
Date: September 26, 2019
A critical factor in the development and growth of cities has been finding a way to provide water and to treat the waste water. While rivers and streams often determined the sites of cities, these water supplies were inadequate and often became contaminated. Surface waters could be brought from remote locations into cities by aqueducts and canals. We will visit one of the Roman aqueducts that helped supply water in the early days of Lisbon. It was also necessary to distribute the water throughout the city. We will visit and walk through an underground distribution system that was eventually replaced by pipes. Cisterns and fountains played an important role in distribution of water throughout seasonal changes and through the city. Eventually it was found that by drilling wells fresh pure water could be extracted but this required energy to pump the water to the surface and to distribute it throughout the city. We will visit one of these old pumping stations. Finally, the disposal of waste water will be observed as it has changed over the centuries. We will be able to observe the considerable effort that a large city has expended over the centuries to provide and treat water. Learning Objectives:
- Students will develop an understanding of the technical issues with providing safe drinking water.
- Students will be able to see and compare how water sources and distribution within an urban environment has evolved over time to meet growing demands.
- Students will evaluate the pre and post treatment of water supplies.