Environmental and social issues have been largely treated as peripheral concerns to business. However, for a variety of reasons, companies are now fusing social mission with competitive strategy. A form of “new capitalism” is emerging where environmental and social performance across the extended enterprise is embedded in the competitive strategy of the organization.
Organizations are now evaluating themselves using the ‘triple bottom line’ (Elkington, 1997). The triple bottom line is concerned with creating a profit at the same time considering the long-term issues of society and the environment. This wider perspective requires that organizations consider the value added to looking at the total cost of ownership of the products and process that they use in their organizations for the responsible global.
This course is structured as an in-depth analysis into the nature of sustainability and will provide students with an understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the organization, operation and development of global operations and supply networks (‘the extended enterprise.’)
There are many challenges to an organization desiring to be sustainable and socially responsible. These challenges include, but are not limited to, sustainable design, ‘green operations’, sustainable procurement, responsible sourcing and ‘green logistics’. In addition, the formal and informal networks across and between organizations (from innovation through destruction of the process or product) are core processes that need to be carefully evaluated to bring about a culture of corporate and social responsibility.
Simon Croom is professor of Supply Chain Management at University of Sandiego. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management, Innovation and Supply Chain Management from the University of Warwick. Professor Croom joined the University of San Diego School of Business in 2005 as executive director of the Supply Chain Management Institute and academic director for the Master’s in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program. In this capacity, he oversaw the growth of supply chain management in the School and the attainment of the first national rankings and recognition for the Master.
He is a visiting professor in supply chain management at Cranfield University, UK and Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick. He has served as an advisor on e-procurement to the UK Government and has delivered keynote talks around the world on supply chain management, strategic improvement, and more recently on disordered personality in executives.