Ethical operation is an important issue discussed in the case. Ethical issues are brought out if it considered that social corporate responsibility is a major point of discussion. The organisation feels that it is time it paid back to the community that has for a long time played an important part in ensuring it stays operational. However, the main challenge that Kava is faced with is sustainable development. All discussions clearly show that sustainable development is lacking in Kava.
The disasters, poor standards of living and a state of neglect are some of the factors that point to the fact that ensuring sustainable development is the key challenge that Kava is faced with; past practices appear to have been least appreciative of this important corporate management principle. Forces Involved My early resistance to the company investing in Kava is reflective of one of the factors that contribute to the challenges that its people are faced with.
Lack of interest by the corporate world in engaging in activities that may be of great help to the people of Kava is a factor that affects its ability to get off the challenges that it is faced with. Secondly, it is quite evident that the diversity that is representative of the people of Kava plays an important part in complicating remedial actions to the challenges they are faced with. It is worth noting that in any community that is as diverse as Kava different perceptions exist that may affect objectivity in decision making.
Natural factors also play a part in the challenge that the people of Kava are faced with. The island is faced with the threat of nearly all sought of natural disasters known to man and owing to its locations it is likely to be miles from help. Organisational and Environmental Obstacles There are number of organisational and environmental factors that are involved in Kava’s case. Organisational perception is important in determining the level of participation that an organisation will attain in addressing challenges that Kava faces.
It is important to note that a misinformed perception that the issues do not affect the level of performance that organizations can attain plays a central role in creating this complexity. Diversity of the population, remoteness and prone to natural calamities are the other environmental factors that may hinder efforts seeking to address the challenges that the people are faced with. It is however worth noting that no entity is unaffected by decisions regarding the company’s involvement in Kava.
Globalization which is characterised by movement of business processes from a global to an international dimension has led to an environment where no entity is free of the activities of others (Griffin, 2008). The company is directly affected by the levels of performance that can be attained by Kava where a majority of the population are minors; the few people who have the capacity to work need the corporate organisation to be able to meet their needs while other social system are largely affected by economics.
It is thus clear that the issue should not be looked at as affecting the people of Kava rather it is a global challenge. Identification of Solutions Diversity that is cited as a challenge in Kava is considered in organisational context as an important factor in development of synergy and highly efficient operational systems. The development of a framework where divergent views can be shared and considered could lead to the development of a solution that is not only applicable to the society but is largely accepted by the diverse population (Kao, 2007).
In recent times, sustainability and ethical operations have come up as factors that determine the levels of efficiency that can be attained in operations (Barksdale, & Lund, 2006). The main challenge at organisational level is development of an appreciation of the challenges that the people of Kava are faced with. I completely transformed my perception of the involvement of the company within minutes of being informed on how its affected lives mine included.
This education if applied to all in the company is likely to change perceptions is thus operations in manner that is appreciative of the corporate responsibility of the organisation and ensuring that the society benefits as much as corporate institutions in their business relationships. 9 Step decision Model The first step in the model is identification of objectives; in my proposed solution the main objective is attaining sustainable development where corporate institution and the societies interact with gain from each other since they are dependent.
The second process is a preliminary survey of the choice which is reflected in the multiple approaches I have proposed. The third phase is identification of values that are at stake; extinction of corporations, morality and corporate responsibility are some of the values that have been highlighted in the solution. Assessment of the importance of the decision which is the fourth steep is represented in the decision making by sustainability. Failure in sustainability affects both corporations and the society and is thus a threat to existence of man.
Budgeting time and energy which is a key step in the 9 step process is reflected in my seeking best practices in business setting and even general trends in business best practices. Choice of a decision making strategy which is the sixth step is manifested in identification of both organisational and social perspective in the case which is reflective of a proactive approach to decision making. A close analysis of the options which is the seventh stage led to the realisation that seeking diversity in decision making and sustainability all seek sustainable solutions that are for the good of the entire society the corporate world included.
Evaluation of my options is largely influenced by my interaction with Alex who is considered an expert; evaluation of options is the 8th step in the 9 step process. Choosing seeking sustainability is representative of the ninth step and is largely informed by expert experience, research and the fact that diversity is part of sustainability thus it will be included in the solution. Factors affecting Implementation Sustainability often appears to be costly in the short and medium term.
However, an informed look at sustainable operations clearly shows that it has benefits in the long term that play a part in ensuring that both the community and corporate fraternity benefit from each other. Perceived cost of operations that is likely to be viewed as exploitative is a challenge that the proposed solution may be faced with. Furthermore, the high levels of risk that the Island presents is likely to complicate the sustainability agenda since infrastructural developments will most likely be buried with earthquakes or washed by Tsunamis. Resources and Action Requirement
Sustainability can only be attained if the community and the corporate fraternity are both on boar. Educational tools and development of a comprehensive emergency management system is one of the action requirements. Involvement of the community in making decisions regarding issues that directly impact on their lives will also play a part in ensuring sustainability. Empowerment of the working population by offering help in areas of healthcare and aiding adoption of better production approaches are some of the action requirements that are in need of both expertise and will to help the society.
Ethical Implications Shareholders who are least appreciative of the cost intensity associated with sustainable development are likely to oppose the solution. However, shareholders just like the company are interested in ensuring that value generated is sustained. Though varied perceptions may be developed of the ethical implications of the solution on shareholders, a fact that cannot be ignored is that the proposed solution seeks organisational success in all segments which constitutes value that shareholders seek.
Pride, sustainable dividends and security are all attained by the solution and it is thus reflective of a move that seeks to ensure shareholder get their rightful returns. Moreover, shareholders are part of the society and are therefore affected by sustainability issues through other social systems and would therefore be gaining little by seeking approaches that leads to gain as shareholders but loses as members of the society. This lack of objectivity is further complicated by the fact that lack of sustainability can in fact lead to collapse of a company that they are proud of.
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