The paper 'Fiji Textile Industry - Understanding the Steven Lukes Power Framework" is a good example of a business case study. The textile industry in many developing nations is dependent on the favourable legislation of the country. The textile industry in Fiji is among the driving industry of the economy of the country. This means that the industry is owned by different stakeholders who play different roles in ensuring that the industry is successful and contributes fully to the economy of the country. According to Grosse (2005), in any country, the economy of the nation is controlled by different regulation and different forces that affect the performance of the industry.
Being a manufacturing sector, the textile industry in Fiji is affected by different stakeholders who exercise their powers in the industry in order to ensure the success of the textile industry. Cool & Goddard, (2006) argues that the government as the regulator of different business organizations in the country has a role to play in ensuring that investors in the textile manufacturing industry have a better investing environment. On the other hand, the human right organizations and the investors, who mostly are multinational corporations, have a responsibility in the textile sector.
Among the responsibilities that are involved in the textile manufacturing industry is the safety of the workers. In order to ensure the safety of the working environment and the employees in the textile industry, the government, human rights organizations and the investing multinational corporation have responsibilities and showcase their powers in ensuring the safety of the workers and creation of a safe working environment (Groose, 2005, 395). The ways in which different stakeholders in the business sector of the economy exercise their powers can be explained using the Steven Lukes power framework.
This essay discusses the roles of the government, Multinational Corporation and civil society organizations in the textile industry and how these stakeholders contribute to ensuring a safe working environment for employees in the textile industry. In addition, the essay focuses on the Steven Lukes framework to explain how the different stakeholder manifests their powers in ensuring a safe working environment for the employees in the textile industry. Understanding the Steven Lukes Power Framework According to this framework, the real interests of the community are conceptualized in the empirical studies of power.
According to Lukes (2005), the relationship of power with an emphasis on power domination is only exercised when the individuals who are powerless are not aware of their real interests. This means that the powerful body can exercise their power of domination as long as the powerless do not understand their real interest in the economic industry and in society. The Steven Lukes framework is based on a three-dimensional argument.
The first dimension of power is when power is defined as behaviour of different individuals who are able to influence the changes in behaviour and conduct of others through a decision-making process (Masaki, 2007, p. 20). In this case, the individual whose power is more than the other makes the decisions that should be followed by the less powerful individuals for the interest of society. In his second dimension of power, power can be exercised when it is possible for one group of people to influence the decisions made by those in power by shaping the main agenda and not necessarily weighing on the existing decisions.
This implies that the shaping of the agenda is a crucial aspect of power exercising. according to Masaki (2007), the third dimension of power is based on the fact that people act with a lot of willingness to acts that may appear to be contrary to their interests. In such situations, those who are powerful are able to shape the behaviours of the powerless so that those who are powerless can behave in ways that appear desirable to the powerful individuals (McCabe, 2013, p.
57). However, it should be noted that those who are powerless should change their behaviours without the use of force or being coerced. Using the Steven Lukes Power framework in the economic industry, one can argue that different stakeholders in the Fiji textile industry exercise their powers according to this framework in order to benefit each stakeholder and the society at large. Luke (2005) argues that the government exercise its powers through the control of business activities while the multinationals as investors exercise their power in terms of corporate social responsibilities.
The civil society organisation exercises a different dimension of the power framework by advocating for the right of the employees in the business organisation in order to ensure a conducive, healthy and safer working environment for the employees.
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