How would you describe your module(s) to potential ISS students?
This module is taught in an interactive and engaging manner, using case studies to illustrate core issues in business which impact organisations and people in society. The module will provide students with a critical introduction to the behavior of organizations and businesses in society.
Students will be introduced to the role of organizations within their wider stakeholder environment, with a particular focus on understanding the reasons behind legal and voluntary decisions, and other issues linked to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Why should students study on your module(s)?
This module is interesting for people who care about the world, and how the way in which people and organisations behave impacts the environment we all live in.
Is the primary responsibility of a business to make as much money as possible, or in society do we expect more? What good can come from doing business, and how can this impact us as we live in a globalised world? What are the consequences of focusing too much on making money? When organisations behave in an ethical manner to what extent is this just to improve their brand and profitability? How are consumer demands and legislation changing the way that organisations behave? What is CSR really all about?
We cover issues including the position of the corporation in society, corporate governance and strategy, the ethics of corporate behaviour, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
These concepts will be illustrated using core theory and engaging case study material to enable students to understand the practical outcomes of the issues in question.
What do you enjoy most about the ISS?
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion about this subject area with students, who all bring case studies from their own countries and enjoy contrasting these with examples I bring from the UK. I enjoy raising students awareness to help them to understand and critically question the way in which businesses are operating in society, how this has changed and the reasons for this.
Can you tell us how the experience of teaching on the ISS has been beneficial to you?
As a final year PhD student designing the module content for the CSR module, and going through the Board approvals process was an excellent additional learning experience for me to build on the teaching experience I had developed in my earlier years of study. I enjoyed the whole process of designing module content, through to finding resources, teaching and supporting students, and seeing how the module had impacted them whilst I was marking their work.