Managing the legal environment

Research portfolio (15%)

This portfolio, built up over the course (until week 9} is your opportunity to show me, and prove t o yourselves, how you have expanded your knowledge and understanding of issues and strategies around legal risk management. You can submit this in either a printed or electronicformat. As a minimum it should include:

Information on the research/referencing workshop (what you found, problems you might have had finding material and a bibliography of the references you have collected in your refworks account}.

Your reflections and comments on your case study and t he research you conducted outside what was provided as part of the case study itself.

Your analysis and conclusions on the other case studies.

Your reflections on what you have found and read/analysed on legal risk, rules and management.

Your annotated bibliography for the major assignment (see below for details}.

Note that a structured annotated bibliography should use the following headings:

a. Relevant textbooks

List at least threetextbooks are useful. Write down which chapters/pages appear relevant , where the text can be/was obtained,and BRIEFLY why the text will be useful. You can also include texts that appeared to look useful (eg via their title} but which you have found are not – eg out of date?

a. Relevant academicjournal articles

List at least two journal articles,with at least one being refereed (peer-reviewed}. These may include articles from journal s found on electronic databases as well as paper journals.

In relat ion to each article, briefly comment on how it might be or is relevant to your selected issue and organisation.

If this is not explicit from the reference style,indicate where each journal article is available (ie. database name or library at which the journal is held}.

a. Other materials

You may find useful discussion papers,submissions made by industry bodies,reports,notes by individuals etc. from the internet or elsewhere. PLEASE usethe correct style for these: See the University’s General Guide for the Presentation of Academic Work for assistance.

For each reference,please comment briefly onwhere and how you found it ,why it is relevant and how authoritative it is.

a. Cases and Legislation

List any cases that appear useful,where you found them and why they may be useful. You are NOT expected to spend a large amount of time searching for case judgments eg via the Aust Iii database or to read long cases, although the CCH online library cases do have a summary headnote at the beginning you could use. As much as possible,though,you should find cases from secondary sources (eg texts,journals).

List legislation that you have found to be relevant.

a. Comment on whether you t hink you have sufficient resources,and/or what type of resources you think you will need tofind to writeyour essay and where youwill look to find them!

Written Report (25%)

This is the major piece of work for this course and as such,should satisfy the following criteria:

Demonstrate understanding of the legal/regulatory environment and relevant laws as well as economic,ethical,social/cultural, international and political issues

Demonstrate the ability to investigate,synthesise and analyse

Demonstrate understanding as to the most appropriate,efficient and effective means of managing the legal risks that arise from the circumstances

Clearly and convincingly communicate the findings Be between 4000-5000 words

Topic: EITHER: For a selected organisation:

Summarise in about 250-500 words the characterist ics/feat ures of t he organisation (you can choose a statutory/government body or select a business or not-for-profit organisation if you prefer and describe what goods/services it provides).

Outline any legal governance,management and relationship issues that affect the organisation as a whole (this is to link you intothe lecture material) (about 250-500 words – awareness not depth is required at this stage)

List any general and specific legislationthat is of particular importance in regulating the organisation and any relevant industry or similar bodies.

Bartley , N. K., Brennah, B., & Neil, B. (2012). The legal environment of business: A critical thinking approach (Sixth Edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. Bartley, Brennah, and Neil (2012) book reviews various issues in managing the legal environment. The content is useful in helping the reader to understand the legal environment of business through a critical and ethical approach. According to the authors, the book is meant to facilitate students in developing the knowledge and skills that are essential in the increasingly competitive global market. The success of any company requires critical thinking (Bartley, Brennah, & Neil, 2012, p. 2). Critical thinking enables people in sensemaking…

Mayer, D., Warner, D. M., Siedel, G. J., Lieberman, J. K., & Martina, A. R. (2012). The Legal Environment and Business Law: Executive MBA Edition (v. 1.0). Flat World Knowledge. Retrieved from http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/bookhub/reader/6433 The book by Mayer, Warner, Siedel, Lieberman, and Martina (2012) provides readers with a comprehensive coverage of the legal and regulatory issues in business. The strength of the content lies in how the book relates law to the daily events, which people are familiar with. The authors identify that law has different meanings and functions.  The law is necessary for keeping the peace, maintaining the status quo, preserving individual rights, protecting minorities, providing social justice, and maintaining orderly social change (Mayer, et al., 2012, p. 9)…

Lau, T., & Johnson, L. (2012). Business and the Legal and Ethical Environment (v. 1.0). Flat World Knowledge. Retrieved from http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/bookhub/reader/1679 Lau and Johnson (2012) provide an overview of the legal systems in a relationship with decisions that business professionals do on a daily basis. Like other textbooks, the authors identify that the law is a dynamic and ever-changing field, which affects business including internal and external shareholders…

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