Discussion: Strategic Impact of Positive Social Change Initiatives, management homework help

Not all initiatives for promoting positive social change are successful, but these represent an opportunity to not only learn from one specific context, but also to shed light on a wider understanding of strategic planning. When larger corporations such as Starbucks have an initiative that fails, they can treat it like a learning opportunity for both the next initiative and their overall business strategies. Smaller companies, on the other hand, may be impacted in a more significant way.

To prepare for this Discussion, review the video case study featuring Walden alumnus Eric Barton and his organization, Business Owners Benefits Association (BOBA), and consider the potential benefits and risks of incorporating a social change mission into business strategy. Be sure to utilize the Walden Library to identify scholarly examples of both successful and unsuccessful instances of social change integration.

By Day 3

Post an analysis of the risks and benefits of integrating a positive social change mission into organizational strategic planning. Your analysis should include the following:

  • What are the benefits for organizations considering integrating positive social change into their business strategy?
  • What are the potential risks for organizations considering integrating business strategies with an emphasis on positive social change?
  • Provide a real-world example of an organization that experienced an unsuccessful implementation of a positive social change initiative. As an independent scholar and global change agent, explain what the organization might have done differently, including planning or executing strategies to improve marketplace or cultural impacts.

Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and at least one additional scholarly source.

Refer to the Week 6 Discussion Rubric for specific grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use this rubric to assess your work.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Dyer, J. H., Godfrey, P., Jensen, R., & Bryce, D. (2016). Strategic management: Concepts and tools for creating real world strategy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Review Chapter 13: “Corporate Governance and Ethics” (pp. 256–273)
  • Case 13: “Corporate Governance and Ethics: A Series of Decisions” (pp. C-119–C-120)

Driver, M. (2012). An interview with Michael Porter: Social entrepreneurship and the transformation of capitalism. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3), 421–431. doi:10.5465/amle.2011.0002B
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Robson, K., Campbell, C. & Cohen, J. (2013). Abercrombie & #fitchthehomeless (Case No. 9B13A032). London, Ontario: Ivey Publishing. Retrieved from https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/pl/53435998/53436…

Walden University. (2015). APA course paper template (6th ed.). Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_i…

Wilburn, K. M. & Wilburn, H. R. (2016). Asking “what else?” to identify unintended negative consequences. Bloomington, IN: Kelley School of Business. Retrieved from https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/pl/53435998/53436…

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016b). Business strategy and innovation: Effecting positive social change [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.

Optional Resources

Dyer, J. H., Godfrey, P., Jensen, R., & Bryce, D. (2016). Strategic management: Concepts and tools for creating real world strategy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Case 14: “Safe Water Network: Mastering the Model at Dzemeni” (pp. C-121–C-131)

Kane, G. C., Palmer, D., Phillips, A. N., & Kiron, D. (2014). Finding the value of social business. Retrieved from http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/finding-the-val…

Mycoskie, B. (2016). The founder of TOMS on reimagining the company’s mission. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2016/01/the-founder-of-toms-on-rei…

Servaes, H., & Tamayo, A. (2013). The impact of corporate social responsibility on firm value: The role of customer awareness. Management Science, 59(5), 1045–1061. Retrieved from http://faculty.london.edu/hservaes/ms2013.pdf
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Element 1a: Initial Post – Benefits of Integrating Positive Social Change
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15 (15%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed analysis of what the benefits are for organizations considering integrating positive social change into their business strategy. Several sources and examples support thinking.
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14.25 (14.25%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed analysis of what the benefits are for organizations considering integrating positive social change into their business strategy. Several sources and examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors.
Points:

12.75 (12.75%)

Student presents an analysis with some details of what the benefits are for organizations considering integrating positive social change into their business strategy. Some sources and examples support thinking.
Points:

11.25 (11.25%)

Student presents a cursory or incomplete analysis with vague or missing details of what the benefits are for organizations considering integrating positive social change into their business strategy. Few sources or examples support thinking.
Points:

7.5 (7.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
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0 (0%)

Did not submit element.
Element 1b: Initial Post – Potential Risks of Integrating Positive Social Change
Points:

15 (15%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed analysis of the potential risks for organizations considering integrating business strategies with an emphasis on positive social change. Several sources and examples support thinking.
Points:

14.25 (14.25%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed analysis of the potential risks for organizations considering integrating business strategies with an emphasis on positive social change. Several sources and examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors.
Points:

12.75 (12.75%)

Student presents an analysis with some details of the potential risks for organizations considering integrating business strategies with an emphasis on positive social change. Some sources and examples support thinking.
Points:

11.25 (11.25%)

Student presents a cursory or incomplete analysis with vague or missing details of the potential risks for organizations considering integrating business strategies with an emphasis on positive social change. Few sources or examples support thinking.
Points:

7.5 (7.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
Points:

0 (0%)

Did not submit element.
Element 1c: Initial Post – Example of Unsuccessful Implementation of Positive Social Change Initiative
Points:

15 (15%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed explanation of a real-world example of an organization that experienced an unsuccessful implementation of a positive social change initiative including what the organization might have done differently related to planning or executing strategies to improve marketplace or cultural impacts. Several sources and examples support thinking.
Points:

14.25 (14.25%)

Student presents a thorough and detailed explanation of a real-world example of an organization that experienced an unsuccessful implementation of a positive social change initiative including what the organization might have done differently related to planning or executing strategies to improve marketplace or cultural impacts. Several sources and examples support thinking. There are one or two minor errors.
Points:

12.75 (12.75%)

Student presents an explanation with some details of a real-world example of an organization that experienced an unsuccessful implementation of a positive social change initiative including what the organization might have done differently related to planning or executing strategies to improve marketplace or cultural impacts. Some sources and examples support thinking.
Points:

11.25 (11.25%)

Student presents a cursory or incomplete explanation with vague or missing details of a real-world example of an organization that experienced an unsuccessful implementation of a positive social change initiative and/or includes vague or missing details on what the organization might have done differently related to planning or executing strategies to improve marketplace or cultural impacts. Few sources or examples support thinking.
Points:

7.5 (7.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
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0 (0%)

Did not submit element.
Element 2: Response to Colleagues’ Postings
Points:

25 (25%)

Responses are excellent and fully contribute to the quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions, in-depth questions, additional resources, and stimulating thoughts and/or probes to more than two peers fully addressing the direction prompts.
Points:

23.75 (23.75%)

Responses are very good and fully contribute to the quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions, in-depth questions, additional resources, and stimulating thoughts and/or probes to at least two peers mostly addressing the direction prompts.
Points:

21.25 (21.25%)

Responses are good and somewhat contribute to the quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions, in-depth questions, additional resources, and stimulating thoughts and/or probes to at least two peers somewhat addressing the direction prompts.
Points:

18.75 (18.75%)

Responses are weak and do not fully contribute to the quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions, in-depth questions, additional resources, and stimulating thoughts and/or probes to at least one peer minimally addressing the direction prompts.
Points:

12.5 (12.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
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0 (0%)

Did not submit element.
Element 3: Written Delivery Style & Grammar
Points:

15 (15%)

Student consistently follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are no spelling or grammar errors.
Points:

14.25 (14.25%)

Student consistently follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are one or two minor errors in spelling or grammar.
Points:

12.75 (12.75%)

Student mostly follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student mostly communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are some errors in spelling or grammar.
Points:

11.25 (11.25%)

Student does not follow APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style and does not communicate in a cohesive, logical style.
Points:

7.5 (7.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
Points:

0 (0%)

Did not submit element.
Element 4: Formal and Appropriate Documentation of Evidence, Attribution of Ideas (APA Citations)
Points:

15 (15%)

Student demonstrates full adherence to scholarly reference requirements and adheres to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. There are no APA errors.
Points:

14.25 (14.25%)

Student demonstrates full adherence to scholarly reference requirements and adheres to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. There are one or two minor errors in APA style or format.
Points:

12.75 (12.75%)

Student mostly adheres to scholarly reference requirements and/or mostly adheres to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. Some errors in APA format and style are evident.
Points:

11.25 (11.25%)

Student demonstrates weak or inconsistent adherence scholarly reference requirements and/or weak or inconsistent adherence to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. Several errors in APA format and style are evident.
Points:

7.5 (7.5%)

Does not meet minimal standards.
Points:

0 (0%)

Did not submit element.

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