“Corporate strategies aimed at maximising shareholder value necessarily mean organising the division of labour to deskill employees”. Discuss There are two elements to this question: firstly, the relationship between corporate governance strategies located in maximising shareholder value and the division of labour practise of deskilling and secondly, an assessment of this relationship, if you believe it exists, in terms of whether or not benefits society, employees, shareholders, some or all of the society etc. To answer the question issues such as ‘retain and reinvest’, ‘downsize and distribute’, the division of labour, deskilling, work as boring/creative, people as consumers, the benefits or otherwise of capitalism to the whole of society, etc. might be examined. To address these elements: • You must read Lazonick (2014), Murphy and Willmott (2015), Rosenberg (1965), Braverman (1974), and Hill (2007). • You are also strongly advised to look at readings from weeks 2, 3, & 4. You are not permitted to use sources from beyond the module. You are not permitted to use poor quality web sources such as Wikipedia, Investopedia, Economics Help, etc. Therefore, do not to begin with Google (e.g. by Googling the division of labour). This is because some of the results Google produces include inaccurate claims about the division of labour – what Donald trump might call ‘fake news’. We are emphasising you use the module readings, rather than off-module resources, to avoid repeating errors from previous years in your essay and exam. Students in the past who have used off-module resources have included inaccurate information in their essays and have had marks deducted as a consequence. This is easily avoidable by simply sticking to the module readings. How to write an essay To write your essay, you must draw on your analysis of seminar readings and from your engagement with the module. There is no set amount of reading that one has to do, but in general we recommend that you use at least four related module readings – which may mean reading eight texts. In relation to the question(s) set, one should focus on the ideas and module readings that have struck you most, why they have impacted on you, how they confirmed or altered your thinking on a topic, how they made use of theory and/or data to complicate a topic or challenge ‘common-sense’, how they related to, were an improvement upon, and/or different to other readings, how your thinking altered over the course of the module (if it did), etc.
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