MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines the principles of responsible management and the United Nations Global Compact agreement and its implications for businesses and organisations. As a capstone unit it integrates responsible management with all of the key disciplines involved in successfully managing modern organisations. The unit explores the responsibilities inherent in each of the management functions, combined with both a global (actually, 'glocal', that is local–global) and historical perspective on how these functions fit together. The unit also looks at the roles businesses play in the development of a more sustainable society. Consequently, the unit examines specific knowledge, skills and abilities that managers require to identify and effectively respond to the ethical challenges that sustainable development presents. The focus is on equipping students to make better decisions and how to act on those decisions, as individuals and as practising managers. Regardless of setting, participants in the unit are well positioned to appropriately serve both the goals of organisations and the needs of society and the environment both in the short and long run, giving all consideration to the ethical challenges in question.
Students are able to (1) discuss the principles for responsible management; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the role of sustainability, social responsibility and ethics in successfully managing modern organisations; (3) participate in responsible management decision making on a number of levels and across a range of functional areas; (4) demonstrate, through critical reflection, an ability to describe, explain and justify responsible management issues; and (5) know how to express and act on responsible management issues as well as the personal meaning that they hold for students.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project and presentation; (2) mid-semester progress test; and (3) reflection on learning. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Dave Webb
Unit rules
any six units in the Master of Commerce (41680) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
MGMT5506 Ethics and Sustainability Management
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week which may include seminars/lectures/workshops/dedicated meeting time with the unit coordinator as well as self-directed learning
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.