Student attitudes to socially responsible business: a case study of mine workers in Chile

Holley, Debbie (2012) Student attitudes to socially responsible business: a case study of mine workers in Chile. Social Responsibility Journal, 8 (2). pp. 174-185. ISSN 1747-1117

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Purpose – Given the proliferation of United Kingdom (UK) media headlines around the recent financial meltdown and the subsequent allocation of blame to government, bankers, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority, it is clear that there is disquiet amongst the public as to how the crisis has been handled. Business schools, both in the UK and worldwide, have been accused of failing to address issues of governance in their curricula. Can the assumption be made that current curricula will have prepared students to evaluate this key concept critically? This paper seeks to address these issues. Design/methodology/approach – Taking a case study approach, this work sets out to explore the attitudes of a cohort of 43 final-year undergraduate students studying in a UK business school. It focuses on an analysis of their written work on the sourcing of copper from Chile and its procurement by the UK Royal Mint for coinage. Findings – The findings indicate that students valued the inclusion of corporate social responsibility in its widest context, and would welcome earlier inclusion within their curricula. Originality/value – This is a timely point in their academic studies, as the students are preparing for study at Master's level or for the job market. The coursework required research into the production process of raw material at the copper mines in Chile, as well as the ethical decision-making process of a UK governmental agency. Although this is a small-scale study, it does offer some interesting insights into student perspectives. The paper concludes with recommendations for future curriculum development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Ethics, Supply chains, Business schools, Corporate governance, Students
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 12:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17

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