The paper "The Corporate Challenges of Sustainable Development" is a great example of a Management Case Study. Sustainability in an organization is about the transformation of how people are thinking of their leaders in challenging economic situations and myths. People in modern worlds face problems related to poverty and ecological destruction. For example, the residents of Yarloop town are faced with ecological challenges due to the refinery in the area. In Daily (1991), Scientists claim that nature and people are separate entities living in the same world. There is no interconnection between ecology and socialism.
Bansal (2002), stated that people do struggle to survive and only the fittest do survive. The Alumina towers refinery is exploiting all-natural resources in the region at the expense of the residents with the aim of profit maximization, which would in return improve the quality of life of the people. In this case, the people are suffering more due to the fumes and have even fled away from the town. However, there are still some who find it beneficial as it adds to the economy of the town, which in the long run is not available. Humans do not feel the connection of their lives with nature since it is being overexploited.
An economy is encompassed in a large ecological and social system that uses materials and energy from the environment (Daly, 1991). Thus communitarian’ s ideas should be adopted, being part of the larger ecosystem and society (Stead and Stead, 1994). The people of Yarloop demand fair treatment of the environment where directors have a responsibility towards the long-term effects of their decisions on the community and environment.
Many managers, however, like Alumina Towers Refinery manager, do not find the concept of sustainability applicable because the management systems have to be made too; yet economic decisions do not give humans and environmental resources financial values. This makes it almost impossible to rate the environmental and social benefits and costs in relation to economics. Alumina Tower refinery is a manufacturing industry located in Yarloop near Darling Ranges. It deals with manufacturing aluminum from its raw form, bauxite. Its existence has caused adverse effects on the health of the residents due to the fumes it produces.
Some had to relocate for the sake of the safety of their children. Recently the refinery has declared an intention of expanding its production, which it claims is forced by technological advancement. The residents are not up to it because they know that more risks to their health are expected. The refinery, however, argues that the economic benefits of the expansion will be profitable to all. Change management in an organization With the rapid growth in technological development, change is inevitable. However many organizations do not achieve the intended change or end up having more negative effects.
There are therefore various approaches discussed to help have a successful change (Kotter, 1996). The applicable model that is used to understand and successfully manage organizational change is the Kurt Lewin model in 1940. This model is the freeze, change, and refreeze model. The unfreeze three-stage model involves the preparation of the organization to accept change which involves breaking the existing system to a new way of operation. Reasons should be given to show why the existing system can not be continued for example due to declining sales, customer satisfaction worries, and inadequate financial results.
Everybody including the society at large should be notified of the change.
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