‘Assess Walmart from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective. How are the tensions that exist in Walmart’s business model likely to influence its efforts to improve its CSR credentials?’
The essay should be one and a half-space and no smaller than 12 point print, and must be word- processed and paginated. You should include full in-text reference and a reference list that includes the full reference for all articles, books and other sources you have cited in the body of the text. This is not to be included in the word count. It should be fully referenced in line with Harvard conventions.
1. What is the Walmart case study about?
The Walmart case study raises some key issues of globalisation and CSR. Markers will be assessing your knowledge and grasp of these subjects. You need to read the relevant Morrison chapter and familiarise yourself with stakeholder theory. We would also strongly advise you to reference the Morrison CSR chapter and her use of stakeholder theory in your introduction – those of you who submit well-planned, well- resourced and well-argued essays can expect good marks.
2. What are the key issues?
You need to demonstrate a grasp of the issues raised in the case study ie What is the Walmart business model and how has this allowed the company to develop on such a huge scale? What are the costs and benefits of this model. Whilst the spectacular growth of the company has produced shareholder value the business model followed by Walmart has compromised the interests of other stakeholders (eg employees abroad, trade unions and female employees in the US).
What does the case study tell us about the nature of globalisation. The case study can be related to the idea that globalisation has both positive and negative consequences for developing countries as discussed by Stiglitz (2002).. Perennial issues include
– The disjuncture between legal systems and employment rights in developed vs developing countries
– Should Walmart be policed or should it be regulated? The case shows simultaneous pressures for regulation of the above vs deregulation and profit maximisation
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