: Business ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility is “the obligation of an organisation’s
management to make decisions and take actions that will enhance the welfare
and interests of society as well as the organisation” (Daft, Kendrick, Vershinina, Management,
Cengage, 2016, p175)
Discuss the ways in which businesses are able to meet these obligations,
remaining ethical, sustainable and environmentally responsible while balancing
the need to maintain profitability and manage the expectations of all
Use examples and evidence to support your points and make reference to
theories and models as appropriate.
Word count
The limit for this paper is 2000 words (+/- 10%). See also final page for full marking
Content and marks
Your answer should consist of the following sections:
Introduction (up to 15 marks)
A general introduction outlining the aims and content of the paper should be
Main text (up to 60 marks)
In this part of the paper you should consider and analyse the issues and
supporting theories you have chosen and link these to relevant examples and
applications (please ensure you refer to a range of original sources in this
Conclusion (up to 15 marks)
A summary of the main points of the essay (ensuring you consolidate your
thinking on the subject rather than simply repeating ideas from the previous
sections.) If you have expressed an opinion you should support it here.
Academic convention (up to 10 marks)
Consideration will also be given to referencing, structure, presentation, flow,
grammar and spelling (see notes on referencing below).
Please use Arial font, size 12. Do not include your name or your student number in
the essay.
You are required to use the Harvard reference style. It is important that you reference
your sources. As an example: when you refer to a particular theory or cite a specific
example we want to know where you got the information from so that we can go to
the relevant article/book to read up on it.
Note: Internet / web sources are not considered to be quality sources, try to find the
This should include only texts or papers which you have referenced in your paper.
Where you cite a paper which you have not read but which is referred to in
something you have read then you should include both in your bibliography. (See
below for more information on a bibliography).
Your essay must be submitted as a single Microsoft Word document via the Business
Ethics page on Moodle before 10 a.m. on Friday 8th September 2017. A hard copy
is not required. Any paper submitted beyond that time will be dealt with in
accordance with the Business School policy on late submissions unless specific
permission has been granted beforehand or mitigating circumstances are accepted.
Moodle will not accept any late submissions, not even a few seconds, so make
sure that you leave yourself plenty of time! You can submit only once so make
sure you upload the correct file.
Penalties will be applied for the following: – Late submission (see above) – Word
count: =/- 10% of the target (excluding any bibliography) will result in a reduction of
5% of your total mark for this piece of work.
Other information:
Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and will not be tolerated. It is important
that you take the information from your sources and use it for your purpose. Any kind
of cut & paste will be considered plagiarism. Your work must be your own.
As spelled out in the University Handbook, cases of plagiarism will be reported to the
Chairman of the Board of Examiners and sanctions will apply. Please familiarize
yourself with the section on plagiarism in the University Handbook.
The principle you should observe in listing references in the bibliography is that the
reader should be able, from your description, to find the sources and easily check the
accuracy of your quotation or citation. References in the bibliography should be listed
alphabetically. Where there is more than one reference for an author or authors,
these should be listed in date order. Below are some examples of full references –
you should follow these formats wherever possible.

– For a book, give the information, author (date), title, place of
publication, publisher. If it is an edited book, or later than a first edition, include
this information too. Thus:
Donaldson, L. (1995). American Anti-Management Theories of Organization; A
Critique of Paradigm Proliferation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
– For a journal article, give the information: author, (date), article title,
journal title, volume number, issue number, page numbers. Thus,
Schultz, M. & Hatch, M.J. (1996). Living with Multiple Paradigms: The Case of
Paradigm Interplay in Organizational Culture Studies. Academy of
Management Review, 21, 3, 529-557
Beeby, M. & Booth, C. (2000). Networks and Inter-Organizational Learning: A
Critical Review. The Learning Organizational International Journal, 7, 2, 7588.
Paper online at:
/v7n2/s2/p75 (accessed 3.9.01)
More information on the correct way to reference is available from Juliette Smeed, or
the Library.
John Spoerry, August 2017
Marking Criteria – Business Ethics Assignment 2 – 2017
0-25% (WEAK FAIL) 26 -39% (FAIL) 40-49% (3rd ) 50-59% (2.2) 60


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