Module code :- ENGT5219
Module name :- Engineering Business Environment
Module Title :- Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation
The learning outcomes that are assessed by this coursework are:
1. Exhibit understanding and sound judgement in the development of proposals to reduce the impact of engineering business organisations as they seek to respond to risk by using empirical and evidence-based arguments to promote low carbon disruptive innovations and corporate strategies that align with and support the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. Apply a range of advanced academic and professional skills to evaluate and critically reflect on current trends in engineering for sustainability such as environmental management systems energy and carbon management policies and stake holder management and engagement.
ENGT5219 Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation Assignment – UK
Tasks to be under taken :-
The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy describes a partnership between government and the private sector to build the foundations of a strong economy which are the skills of its workers the quality of its infrastructure and a fair and predictable business environment. The strategy aims to foster innovation and identifies four Grand Challenges one of which is clean growth.
Your company has been recruited by Unilever UK and you have been given the lead role as the Greening the Business consultant to recommend one or more innovations to potentially help align Unilever’s corporate and community sustainability strategy with that of the UK Government’s clean growth strategy.
Assume a pre-Brexit UK regulatory framework and operating context.
Using these two documents as your source of information on Unilever UK’s sustainable living strategy and selecting no more than two product lines or strategy themes (or a mix) as the lead consultant your responsibility is to write a management report which covers the following:
Section 1: Introduction and Current Contributions:
Provide a brief introduction explaining your understanding of what clean growth means in the context of the UK. You will refer to no less than three fully referenced and summarised sustainability-related regulatory policies frame works laws as these apply to Unilever UK’s corporate foot print. Only use
Section Two: Disruptive innovation for a greener business
Briefly introduce and discuss your understanding of a disruptive innovation and propose one or more disruptive innovation(s) to Unilever UK. Justify how by adopting the innovation(s) will help contribute to greater alignment between Unilever and the UK’s clean growth strategy. Do not propose innovations that Unilever has already adopted. If you do you will not get marked for this. You may Unilever have already under taken.
Unilever’s Board will only be convinced by evidence-based arguments. A minimum of four relevant academic journal articles are to be used to support your arguments in this section. Please use correct citation Harvard APA or IEEE formatting.
Section Three: Stakeholder Analysis and Management:
Assuming the Board is sufficiently convinced by your recommendations this section concerns stakeholder analysis and management. Identify those stake holders who you think will be involved with the process of adopting your proposal(s). Remember to think holistically across the supply chain. State why you identified them as stakeholders and their roles in the process of adoption.
Estimate their interest and influence and map these parameters onto Mendelow’s matrix and discuss how you would work with them throughout.
Section Four: Discussion and Conclusions:
Develop a realistic risk assessment and mitigation strategy matrix to help align Unilever’s sustainable living strategy with the UK Government’s clean growth strategy.
This assignment will also require careful reading of the lessons used in this module as well as library database research and please use the official UK Government website to access and reference regulatory frameworks.
Deliverables to be submitted for assessment:
This should be written as a practical report for decision makers rather than a theoretical treatise on innovation and sustainability. Your assignment should be in the form of a management report to a maximum length of 2,500 words (± 10%) excluding any references tables charts foot notes and appendices.
Use appendices to include additional charts illustrations and data as necessary but the appendices should be no longer than 5 pages. You should explain any pictures and diagrams you use reference your sources correctly and choose suitable sources. You should use a font of size no less than 10 points.
How the work will be marked:
Your assignment report will be based on the extent to which the learning outcomes have been met and the extent to which the above instructions notes and guidance are complied with for example regarding word limit style structure and citation). The criteria below relate to the current pass mark of 50%.
Section One – Introduction and clean growth
Section Two – Disruptive innovation
Section Three – Stakeholder analysis
Section Four – Discussion and Conclusions
Clarity of writing style, referencing and structure of report
Work that is deficient in most of the respects outlined above showing no evidence of critical analysis or a failure to follow this brief will be awarded an outright fail of 44% or less.
A marginal fail of 45% to 49% may be awarded to work that demonstrates some under standing of the problem but where the under standing accuracy organisation and critical analysis fail to justify a marginal pass.