Study about Impact Assessment and the Triple Bottom Line: Competing Pathways to Sustainability
Introduction: The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a concept that has received official imprimatur as a framework for encouraging institutional concern about sustainability. But is it achieving its goal? Although initially intended as a philosophy or way of thinking about sustainability, akin to the concept of corporate social responsibility, it has become simply a mechanism for accounting and reporting. TBL is inherently limited in what it has to offer, and is promulgated by proponents who are largely ignorant of other approaches. Although TBL is meant to add social and environment to the equation, it is often championed by people who have little understanding of what the social entails.
This paper argues that the concept of TBL is not fundamentally different to the well established field of impact assessment, but that impact assessment and, in particular, the field of social impact assessment (SIA), have much more to offer in terms of accumulated experience and understanding, and a professional and theoretical base. The paper, therefore, is critical of TBL, not because the author is opposed to sustainability or the need to think about social and environmental, as well as economic, criteria, or the need for corporate social responsibility—far from it—but rather because the originators of TBL and its current advocates seem to be ignorant of the field of impact assessment. It is argued that impact assessment, and specifically social impact assessment, offers far more to those concerned about social justice and human welfare than does TBL. Keep reading..
Learning beyond Boundaries through Discussion: two cases studies from “interdisciplinary” to “transdisciplinary”
Abstract: This paper is situated in the relatively new tradition of learning stories to expose the approach to transdisciplinary learning in an authentic sense. Specifically, it focuses on the cases of two classroom discussions in philosophy cause of Zhejiang University which is campus –wide cause and requires students from 17 different majors to attend in. In both cases, it can be seen the students are undergoing a study beyond boundaries of their own major curriculum. But differentially, the first case proceeds with “interdisciplinary model” while second one situated in “transdisciplinary model”. We argue that the classroom discussion mainly cause this change /leap. The discussion generated among different disciplines affords different ways of seeing which really help to think in the transdisciplinary way.
The detailed examination of these two cases makes possible a better understanding of the difference between “interdisciplinary” and “transdisciplinary” model and also the cute approach to achieve “transdisciplinary thinking”. Click here to read more…
Case Study about Relationship between Quality of Work Life and Organizational Citizenship Behavior
Abstract: A high quality of work life (QWL) is essential for all organizations to continue to attract and retain employees. Quality of work life is a comprehensive program which is designated to increase employee satisfaction. The purpose of current study is to survey the relationship between quality of work life and organizational citizenship behavior in Delshad Company. First by applying Spearman test, the positive and meaningful relationship between quality of work life and its dimensions with organizational citizenship behavior was proved. Then Friedman test shows that among all nine quality of work life dimensions, “constitutionalism” and “total life space” respectively were more effective than other variables. In continue the average test was utilized to investigate the level of every variable.
Introduction: Quality of work life has been defined as a philosophy or a set of principles, which holds that people are trustworthy, responsible and capable of making a valuable contribution to their organization. It also involves treating people with respect. Rose et al (2006) surveyed the elements which are relevant to an individual’s quality of work life include the task, the physical work environment, the social environment within the organization, administrative system and a relationship between life on and off the job (Rose et al, 2006). A high quality level of “quality of work life” (QWL) is vital for organizations to continue to attract and retain their employees. Quality of work life is a comprehensive, department- wide program designated to enhance employee satisfaction, improving workplace learning and helping employees had better manage change and transition.
A Case Study Review about Partnership Lessons and Issues
Overview: A partnering philosophy values what others have to offer. It values the diversity of knowledge and opinions held by others. In order for CARE to describe itself as “a partnering organization,” partnering principles must be practiced in its corporate culture through systems, attitudes, norms, and incentive structures, i.e., its way of doing business.
A partnering ethos would shape the way we relate to everyone. When taken as part of a partnering philosophy, rather than as an approach to a specific programmatic issue, partnering principles would describe us, not a relationship. They would describe how we think and behave, how we approach all relationships, irrespective of how the other party thinks or behaves, or how the relationship is structured.
A Bradford-based tent and marquee specialist is venturing into the field of luxury ‘glamping’ with new product lines thanks to a £70,000 investment from Finance Yorkshire. The company – which started in 1896 as Bradford Cover and Twine Company – manufactures tents for youth groups, tour and adventure holiday operators as well as garden marquees and soft play equipment for individual as well as large international clients. BCT Outdoors Director Chris Fawcett said: “The company’s success relies heavily on research and development and listening to customers, and this philosophy, backed by traditional skills, has enabled the company to build a large customer base both at home and abroad..
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PEAB construction site and the development of a Lean Construction Tool
Abstract: The Swedish construction industry is a pillar of the Swedish economy, contributing to roughly 10% of the GDP. For years the cost of construction in Sweden has increased faster than inflation making it more and more expensive to build. Earlier research has pointed to the potential of the lean philosophy and its methods in construction to make it more efficient and overcome the uncertainty and complexity that categorize the construction industry…
Background: Regardless of how prices and costs have changed over time and how companies stand up in an international context it has been noted that all the parties involved in construction processes carry out countless activities that add no value to the product. According to Hines and Rich (1997) these non-value adding activities are pure waste and involve unnecessary actions that should be eliminated completely…
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Emirates Hotels and Resorts was about to open its flagship property. There are over 280 employees from 32 different nationalities and each with different hotel training with different service styles. The hotel will be operational in 4 weeks and everyone is franticly running around to complete their tasks by extra short deadline.
Yet, despite efforts of management to align and create a unified vision, let alone culture, there was no unified identity and individuals were acting and reacting as individuals and not as a cohesive force. Emirates wanted a cohesive force that provided an exclusive type of service in line with the Emirates philosophy. Click here to read more…
Executive Summary: The ‘Live the Moment’ social media campaign played a role in a full 360 degree communication across TV, Radio, On-ground and Digital. With its social tools, it successfully managed to amplify the ‘Live the Moment’ philosophy reaching users across the digital space. This was the promotion in which a car was actually given away as a prize through a social contest. A target of 25000 moments seemed challenging to start with but almost double the number was achieved. Click here to read more…
This case was a Runner-up in the 2012 oikos Global Case Writing Competition (Corporate Sustainability track). It is about the sustainable development initiatives of one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, PepsiCo. Faced with various criticisms on the social and environmental fronts, PepsiCo adopted the ‘Performance with Purpose’ strategy in 2009 under the leadership of its CEO Indra Nooyi (Nooyi). This strategy was based upon the philosophy that the company’s financial performance should go hand in hand with its responsibilities toward society and the environment. Read more..
Challenge: TEIG has a long established philosophy to offer learning programs that provide its employees with fundamental knowledge of the insurance industry and comprehensive knowledge of the company’s business. It needed an equitable solution for employees nationwide to have instant, anytime, anywhere access to a variety of learning modules to meet current business needs. Economical Insurance Group…