Analyze the potential benefits and risks of the strategy planning of an organization for ensuring organizational effectiveness

Overview

The final project for this course is the creation of a case study analysis and strategy proposal.

Social responsibility is an ethical philosophy that suggests an individual or a group of individuals, such as an organization, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Corporations in any industry have experienced change in corporate social responsibility (CSR) due to both internal (employee) and external (customer, regulatory agencies, environmental) influences. These influences require leaders to better educate themselves and the organization on their strategy in regard to CSR.

The purpose of this project is to analyze and critique an organization based on what is expected of a corporate strategy in regard to social responsibility.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

  • Critique social responsibility principles and concepts as they relate to scholarly research, evidence, and real-world relevance
  • Analyze internal and external influences to organizational operations as they relate to the effective application of social responsibility
  • Analyze the potential benefits and risks of the strategy planning of an organization for ensuring organizational effectiveness
  • Develop strategy plans that appropriately draw from modern principles of social responsibility and are substantiated by evidence
  • Assess the ethical implications of real-world issues and problems in corporate social responsibility from multiple perspectives

Prompt

For this project, you will analyze the case study ITC LTD: Toward a Triple Bottom Line Performance(attached). You will look at various aspects of both the daily operations of the company as well as management strategies to determine the impact they have on the social responsibility of the company. You will examine the impact this has on the internal and external stakeholders of the company; as social responsibility impacts them the most. Then, you will devise a revised strategy plan that addresses any gaps and risks you have identified in regard to social responsibility.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

  1. Introduction: In this part of the project, you will introduce the company present in the case study, describing the important attributes of the company that should be considered when analyzing its consideration of social responsibility. Describe the organization in the case study. In other words, how is the organization described in the case study? What are its key attributes? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  1. Analysis of Social Responsibility: In this part of the project, you will begin your analysis of the case study, examining how the strategy plan of the organization in the case study considers social responsibility.
  2. a) Analyze the organizations strategy plan for compliance with the current acceptable standards or norms relative to social responsibility today.
  3. b) Analyze the organizations strategy plan for any gaps in social responsibility that might be potential risks to internal and external stakeholders.
  4. c) Predict the potential positive and negative impacts to internal and external stakeholders regarding social responsibility that would result from the strategy plan. In other words, what might happen to the employees and/or people involved in the company regarding social responsibility from this strategy plan? You could consider both the present and future impacts.
  5. d) Critique the evolution of strategy planning related to social responsibility within the organization. In other words, what may have influenced the evolution of strategy planning related to social responsibility unique to this organization?
  6. e) Explain how this organization is or is not consistent with regard to social responsibility when compared within its own industry and when compared to outside industries. Be sure to justify your response.

III.  Ethical Decision-Making: In this part of the project, you will continue your analysis of the case study, examining how the strategy plan of the organization considers ethics in decision-making processes.

  1. a) Analyze the organizations strategy plan for decision-making processes that it employs. In other words, based on the strategy plan, how does the organization make decisions?
  2. b) Explain how aspects of ethics were considered in the decision-making processes of the organization. In other words, what were the ethical considerations related to social responsibility in the decisions made by the organization? You could consider the connection between ethics and organizational decision making and how ethics influence those decisions.
  3. c) Analyze the organizations strategy plan for any gaps in the decision-making process that could be considered potential risks to internal and external stakeholders.
  1. Critique the Organization: In this part of the project, you will continue your case study analysis, critiquing the organization regarding how it considers social responsibility and how its processes have been influenced internally and externally.
  2. a) Utilizing the information in the case study and your previous analysis, determine the appropriate components for a strategic CSR plan for the organization.
  3. b) Compare the components chosen pertaining to the organization with other organizations with similar or different strategic components.
  4. c) Explain how the organizations internal and external influences have impacted the strategy plans compliance with industry standards and common practice in regards to social responsibility.
  5. d) Determine potential risks in the current strategy plan and compare them with other relevant organizations (in particular, the same industry) to determine if these risks are common or unique to the organization.
  1. Revised Strategy Plan: In this part of the project, you will imagine you have assumed a leadership role within the organization. You will utilize the case study and your previous analysis to develop a new strategy plan for the organization addressing its social responsibility.
  2. a) Develop a revised strategy plan for the organization, addressing any potential risks or gaps regarding social responsibility previously identified in your case study analysis.
  3. b) Explain the process regarding how the revised strategy plan was developed. Be sure to describe why certain components were selected and how they are important to the organization as related to social responsibility.
  4. c) Discuss how you considered the influence of internal and external forces when developing your revised strategy plan. In other words, how did your account for the internal and external influences that affected the first strategy plan in the development of your revised strategy plan?
  5. d) Explain how issues of ethics were considered when developing the revised strategy plan. If issues of ethics did not need to be considered or revised, explain why.

Final Project Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Your case study analysis and revised strategy plan should follow these requirements: 812 pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and APA sixth edition citations and style.

Introduction – an especially comprehensive overview of the organization:  Describes the key attributes, strengths, weaknesses, and consideration of social responsibility of the organization in the case study

Analysis of Social Responsibility: Compliance – Meets “Proficient” criteria, and analysis demonstrates nuanced understanding of the current acceptable standards or norms relative to social responsibility

Analysis of Social Responsibility: Potential Risks – Meets “Proficient” criteria, and analysis demonstrates a nuanced understanding of potential risks associated with social responsibility

Analysis of Social Responsibility: Positive and Negative Impacts – Meets “Proficient” criteria, and prediction demonstrates keen insight into both the present and future impacts of the strategy plan with regard to social responsibility

Analysis of Social Responsibility: Evolution – Meets “Proficient” criteria and critique of strategy plan demonstrates a nuanced understanding of how the internal and external influences on the organization have impacted the evolution of the consideration of social responsibility within the company

Analysis of Social Responsibility:  Consistent – Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation demonstrates keen insight into how social responsibility of the company is consistent compared to outside influences

Ethical Decision-Making: Decision-Making Process – Meets “Proficient” criteria and analysis demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the decision-making processes employed by the organization

Ethical Decision-Making: Ethics – Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the connection between ethics and decision-making processes

Ethical Decision-Making: Gaps – Meets “Proficient” criteria and analysis demonstrates keen insight into the gaps in the decision-making process that could be potential risks

Critique the Organization: Components – Meets “Proficient” criteria and determination demonstrates keen insight into the appropriate components for a strategic CSR plan

Critique the Organization: Other Organizations – Meets “Proficient” criteria and comparison demonstrates a nuanced understanding of components chosen and how other organizations with similar or different components relate to the organization

Critique the Organization: Internal and External Influences – Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation demonstrates a nuanced understanding of how the organizations internal and external influences have impacted the strategy plans compliance with industry standards and common practice regarding social responsibility

Critique the Organization: Potential Risks – Meets “Proficient” criteria and determination makes cogent comparisons between the risks of the organization with other organizations

Revised Strategy Plan: Potential Risks – Meets “Proficient” criteria and developed strategy plan demonstrates keen insight into how to address the potential risks or gaps regarding social responsibility

Revised Strategy Plan: Process – Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation demonstrates keen insight into how the components used influenced the development of the revised strategy plan

Revised Strategy Plan: Influence – Meets “Proficient” criteria and discussion demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the influence of internal and external forces on the development of the revised strategy plan

Revised Strategy Plan: Ethics – Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation demonstrates a nuanced understanding of ethics and their importance when developing the revised strategy

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