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SummaryThank you for joining us for the Spring 2012 edition as we continue to celebrate the accomplishments of doctoral educators affiliated with many phenomenal institutions of higher learning. The purpose of this next offering within the anthology series is to share current research from these participating authors, specifically on the topic of social responsibility. Our goal is to add to our quest as refractive thinkers, and to ask the question: what is the purpose of the doctoral scholar? In this edition of the award-winning series, we offer many answers for contemplative thought.
This peer-reviewed resource provides a framework to discuss social responsibility from the perspective of the doctoral scholar. Topics for discussion include an expectation of the lifelong learner, challenges for empowering women, influence of women leaders and entrepreneurs, generational conflict, value of innovative leadership practices, succession planning, public trust, the role of elite athletes, the role of stakeholders, the role of technology and social irresponsibly from the perspective of sustainability. Further, these topics reflect the construct of the refractive thinker where each author challenged the conventional wisdom and expanded beyond traditional boundaries. These authors dared to think not only outside of the box, but also beyond. Instead, the discussion continues to evolve, exploring entirely new ideas for construction of ‘the box.’
In addition to exploring various aspects of social responsibility, the purpose of The Refractive Thinker® is to serve the tenets of leadership. This is not simply a concept outside of the self, but comes from within, defining our very essence. The search becomes a personal journey of the lifelong learner, not yet a finite destination.
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Equity, in the form of access to quality education demands recognition of the obstacles faced by different groups of people. Literacy for example, involves negotiated groups of social practices that operate within a local and global context, conceptualized differently in diverse environments. Literacy in the larger context must be examined based upon the dynamics of globalization and informational labor, shaped by education and requisite literacies to ensure productive and rewarding labor in a global, informational economy.
Certain dynamic aspects to globalization pressure cultures and economies to restructure themselves. CSR has been analyzed through a range of different instruments, such as localized firm specific initiatives; codes of conduct and global agreements; macro-level policy interventions; a wealth of marginalized groups; resource poor farmers, all cases from private sector businesses around the world. CSR was never created to address societal ills; however, it may offer a plausible framework to do just that with focus on human needs and how cultural, social, political, and economic factors influence business contributions.
This chapter however, does not offer solutions to the problem, rather it suggests new dimension to employees by including their families in the stakeholder theory. The country and workforce have paid a high price for trying short-term strategies of downsizing and outsourcing. Wall Street’s erroneous numbers have cost many families their homes, health insurance, and their life. We have to start with teaching our students realistic and fair theories. School of business students and MBA graduates need to learn in the beginning of their careers that an employee deserves more attention and protection.
What we are hearing in this presidential campaign and all previous campaigns about creating new jobs and bringing our jobs back from overseas, is uncovering the weakest link in the stakeholder’ theory.