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Indigenous business and leadership are most often practiced in capitalist systems where values of private capital accumulation reign. Whilst more socially focused business strategies are gaining popularity, businesses still operate for a primary profit motive because of the dominant operating environment. This subject explores a wide spectrum of business ethics issues in the context of Indigenous culture and philosophy, and factors that should be considered in addressing the central tension for Indigenous business and leadership that being profit vs purpose. Drawing upon Native and Indigenous philosophies and values, students will investigate, discuss, and present culturally based solutions and methods that Indigenous-managed businesses and organizations can anticipate and plan for future ethical problems.
This course opens with a consideration of Indigenous philosophy and practical wisdom alongside Dewey’s pragmatist approach to ethics and Howard Bowen’s philosophy of business ethics pertaining to business’s roles in society. These foundations will support students to critically examine and discuss the meaning of “Indigenous” as it pertains to cultures and values. From this point students will transform and expand these ethical principles into Indigenous contexts, and then and apply these Indigenous-grounded ethical principles to organization management.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Indigenous and business pragmatic philosophy and ethics.
- Explain and critically analyse business ethics philosophy in the context of Indigenous business and leadership.
- Develop practical insights for integrating philosophical frameworks for Indigenous business and leadership organising.
- Apply practices of Indigenous philosophy of business ethics to Indigenous business and/or leadership initiatives.
- Communicate considerations of how Indigenous philosophical frameworks can and are being integrated into Indigenous business and leadership organisations.
- Critical evaluation of evidence in support of an argument or proposition
- Problem solving in management through the application of appropriate management theories, principles and data
- Demonstrate a capacity to successfully engage in collaborative activities such as group-based work and activities.
Last updated: 29 July 2022