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This course provides an overview of sustainable management techniques from an economic, social, and corporate environmental responsibility perspective. Special emphasis is placed on production principles, innovative and sustainable practices, and the importance of managing the bottom line in business. Policies Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum. University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Course Materials Christopher, W. F. (2007). Holistic management: Managing what matters for company success.Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. DesJardins, J. (2007). Business, ethics, and the environment: Imagining a sustainable future. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Savitz, A. , & Weber, K. (2006). The triple bottom line: How today’s best-run companies are achieving economic, social and environmental success – and how you can too. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Wilson, W. , ; Sasseville, D. (1999). Sustaining environmental management success: Best business practices from industry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley ; Sons. All electronic materials are available on the student website. Week One: Business Practices and the Biosphere | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |Describe how business practices may affect the biosphere. | | | | |Analyze the affect shareholders’ and stakeholders’ concerns have on business decisions. | | | | |Summarize opposing viewpoints on environmental crises. | | |Readings |Read Ch. 10 (pp. 392–421) of Holistic Management. | | | | |Read Ch. 1 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 2 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 1 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 3 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. |May 7 |1 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |May 7 |1 | |Individual |Resource: Biosphere Worksheet found on the student website |May 7 |15 | |Biosphere Worksheet |Complete the Biosphere Worksheet. | | |Week Two: Regulation and Voluntary Sustainable Practices | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Compare mandatory and voluntary business practices. | | | |Explain major elements of environmental management systems. | | | | |Assess the sustainability of a business’s current practices. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 4 of Holistic Management. | | | | |Read Ch. 4 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 6 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 4 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 8 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. May 14 |1 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |May 14 |1 | |Learning Team | | | | |Learning Team Instructions |Resources: Business Sustainability Assessment Worksheets, Riordan Manufacturing Virtual | | | | |Organization | | | | |Create a Learning Team Charter. | | | |Begin collaboration on your Current Business Practices Audit. | | | |Individual |Create a presentation in which you demonstrate how different stakeholders are affected by |May 14 |15 | |Shareholders and Stakeholders |business decisions and practices. | | |Presentation | | | | | |Select one of the following types of industries: a pharmaceutical manufacturer, an organic | | | | |yogurt producer, a carpet cleaning company, or a city aquarium.Identify a representative | | | | |example of a real business among one of these industries and provide a brief summary of this | | | | |business’s products, services, and practices. | | | | | | | | | |Identify four types of stakeholders for your chosen business.Describe how each stakeholder | | | | |is involved in or affected by the business and specify their concerns with the business’s | | | | |standard practices. | | | | | | | | | |Explain how stakeholders’ preferences may conflict with shareholders’ financial concerns. | | | | | | | | |Explain, in the conclusion, how decisions that benefit one group may have a negative effect | | | | |on the other and describe the role of a business leader in trying to balance the | | | | |shareholders’ and stakeholders’ concerns. | | | | | | | | |Choose the format of your presentation. You could, for example, make a 5- to 10-minute oral | | | | |presentation, accompanied by a PowerPoint® presentation. You could also record your | | | | |presentation as a video clip or another form of media.You must obtain faculty approval of | | | | |your presentation format. | | | | | | | | | |If you choose to do a PowerPoint® presentation, submit a PowerPoint® file of 6 to 8 slides | | | | |with speaker’s notes.If you choose to do another kind of presentation, such as a video | | | | |presentation, submit the media file in the appropriate format or follow your instructor’s | | | | |directions. | | | | | | | | | |Provide at least one APA-formatted source. | | |Week Three: Planning Sustainable Business Practices | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Summarize strategies and practices businesses use to improve sustainability. | | | |Compare costs and benefits for relevant sustainable business practices. | | | | |Develop a plan to improve sustainable business practices. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 7 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 9 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 5 of Sustaining Environmental Management Success. | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. |May 21 |1 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |May 21 |2 | |Learning Team Instructions |Resource: Riordan Manufacturing Virtual Organization | | | | |Begin collaboration on your EMS Recommendations. | | |Learning Team |Resources: Business Sustainability Assessment Worksheets, Riordan Manufacturing Virtual |May 21 |10 | |Current Business Practices |Organization | | | |Audit |Use the Business Sustainability Assessment Worksheets provided on the course page of the | | | | |University of Phoenix student website. | | | | | | | | |Conduct a sustainability audit and write a report of no more than 1,050 words in which you | | | | |analyze a virtual manufacturing firm’s current business practices and identify aspects of the| | | | |business that would benefit from the implementation of a sustainability plan. | | | | | | | | |Submit the Business Sustainability worksheets in addition to the report. | | | | | | | | |The following scenario is representative of how a business voluntarily develops and | | | | |implements a sustainability plan: Riordan Manufacturing is a plastic injection molding | | | | |company with locations in California, Georgia, Michigan, and China.Mark Neitzel, vice | | | | |president of operations, has decided to assess the company’s current business practices and, | | | | |where possible, move to more sustainable practices. | | | | | | | | |Locate the link to the University of Phoenix Virtual Organizations website on the course page| | | | |of the University of Phoenix student website.Navigate to the Operations section on the | | | | |Riordan Manufacturing Intranet website and read through the Sustainability Study and | | | | |Communications pages. | | | | | | | | |Fill in the charts in the Business Sustainability worksheets to conduct an audit of Riordan | | | | |Manufacturing’s current business practices at the plants in California, Georgia, Michigan, | | | | |and China.Each Learning Team member must address one to three major production stages in | | | | |Section 2 of each worksheet. | | | | | | | | | |Select three nonsustainable practices as the focus of the sustainability plan, once all four | | | | |plant locations have been audited. | | | | | | | | |Write a report describing the three practices your team selected. | | | | | | | | | |Discuss why these practices are not sustainable and explain the negative effects they have on| | | | the environment. | | | | | | | | | |Conclude the report with an examination of mandatory and voluntary actions Riordan may take | | | | |to improve its sustainability. | | | | | | | | |Identify any state or federal regulations to which Riordan must adhere. What actions must | | | | |Riordan take to be compliant?Besides these mandatory actions, what further actions may | | | | |Riordan take to improve its sustainability related to, for example, break room and custodial | | | | |services, office supplies, and employee issues? What are the differences between these | | | | |voluntary actions and other mandatory actions?Consider motivations, consequences, and | | | | |effects on the business and the environment. | | | | | | | | | |Submit Current Business Practices Audit. | | | Week Four: Implementing and Monitoring Sustainable Business Practices | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Identify barriers to implementing and maintaining a sustainable business plan. | | | | |Develop strategies that may overcome implementation barriers. | | | |Describe methods to systematically measure and monitor sustainable business plans. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 10 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 11 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 13 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 6 of Sustaining Environmental Management Success. | | | |Read Ch. 7 of Sustaining Environmental Management Success. | | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. |May 28 |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |May 28 |2 | |Learning Team Instructions |Begin collaboration on your Implementing EMS Recommendations. | | |Learning Team |Resources: Riordan Manufacturing Virtual Organization |May 28 |5 | |EMS Recommendations | | | | | |Write a report of no more than 1,050 words in which you make specific recommendations for | | | | |Riordan Manufacturing to improve its sustainability practices. | | | | | | | | |Summarize the objectives, targets, and programs you identified as the most important areas | | | | |requiring improvement in sustainability, using the assessment produced in Week Three. | | | | | | | | |Identify and summarize relevant technologies, strategies, products, or practices Riordan | | | | |Manufacturing may use to increase sustainability.Each Learning Team member compares costs | | | | |and benefits of implementing one to three possible solutions. | | | | | | | | | |Identify the three best practices Riordan Manufacturing should implement.Describe which new | | | | |items or practices must be implemented, a summary of costs and benefits, a justification of | | | | |why the benefits outweigh the costs, and describe the steps the business must take to | | | | |implement new items.Although you should not base your recommendations on meeting any state | | | | |or federal regulations, do your recommendations eliminate the need to comply with state or | | | | |federal regulations? | | | | | | | | |Cite assigned readings and at least three additional peer-reviewed sources to support your | | | | |points in APA format. | | | | | | | | | |Submit the EMS Recommendations. | | |Week Five: Maintaining a Business Culture of Sustainability | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Identify qualities of effective leadership in creating a culture of sustainability. | | | |Outline management strategies to develop a business culture of sustainability. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 9 of Business, Ethics, and the Environment. | | | | |Read Ch. 7 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 14 of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | |Read the Epilogue of The Triple Bottom Line. | | | | |Read Ch. 11 of Sustaining Environmental Management Success. | | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. June 4 |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. | |2 | | | |June 4 | | |Individual |Write a paper of no more than 1,050 words in which you describe the characteristics of |June 4 |15 | |Personality Profile |effective sustainable business leadership. | | | | | | | | |Select a prominent business leader who has increased his or her company’s sustainable | | | | |business practices. Briefly describe the steps this leader took to improve the company’s | | | | |sustainability.Among the possible leaders are Nicole Basset of Patagonia, Lorraine Bolsinger| | | | |of GE, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Linda J. Fisher of DuPont, Gary Hirshberg of | | | | |Stonyfield Yogurt, Hannah Jones of Nike, Richard MacLean of Competitive Environment, Anita | | | | |Roper of Alcoa, and Marie Ziegler of John Deere. | | | | | | | | |Describe the personality traits, management style, and leadership qualities that helped him | | | | |or her lead the company to a successful implementation of new practices. | | | | | | | | |Describe how this leader instilled a culture of sustainability at his or her company. | | | | | | | | |Describe general management strategies you use as a business leader to increase | | | | |sustainability in your field. | | | | | | | | |Cite assigned readings and at least two additional peer-reviewed sources to support your | | | | |points in APA format. | | | |Individual |Prepare for your final examination. June 4 |10 | |Final Examination | | | | |Learning Team |Resource: Week Four Learning Team Instructions |June 4 |15 | |Implementing EMS | | | | |Recommendations |Write a report of no more than 1,050 words in which you anticipate barriers to implementing | | | | |your sustainability recommendations, plan how to overcome these barriers, and describe | | | | |methods to systematically monitor the plan. | | | | | | | | | |Identify barriers to implementing your sustainability plan using recommendations produced in | | | | |Week Four.Describe what those barriers are and how or why they might occur. Consider | | | | |financial, social, ethical, technical, and practical aspects of business. | | | | | | | | |Develop strategies to avoid or overcome these barriers. Explain necessary steps for doing so. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Describe methods currently in place or necessary to ensure systematic monitoring of ew | | | | |sustainable practices. How are they measured or monitored? What happens if a recommended | | | | |practice is not working as it was intended? | | | | | | | | | |Integrate the three parts of the sustainability plan into one cohesive paper. Add a one-page | | | | |executive summary, an introduction, a conclusion, and any necessary transitions. | | | | | | | | |Cite assigned readings and at least three additional peer-reviewed sources to support your | | | | |points in APA format. | | | | | | | | | |Submit Implementing EMS Recommendations. | | |

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