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Chapter 1

ADM 1301 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Kenneth E. Boulding, Habitat, Kyoto Protocol

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ADM 1301
James Bowen

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Canadian Business and Society: Delcorde Chapter 1
- Developing a sustainable competitive advantage requires that future manager understand
that success depends on strategic partnerships and collaboration
- Partnership could be with other businesses, governments, and other individuals
- Managers must understand the entire expanse of the Canadian domestic macro-
environment to fully benefit from partnerships
- Business, government, and civil society are key focuses if macro-environment
- Civil society: charities, volunteer groups, and other forms of civic engagement
- Civil society can provide insight into several challenges like : who is
society has the greatest influence? What exactly is ethical behaviour?(page
2) to enable business and government to make the best decisions
- Information and communication technology advances have put governments and
businesses in the public spotlight and Canadians expects these organizations to deal with
civil society issues. Businesses and governments needs to keep close contact with
stakeholder. Therefore interaction with the civil society is essential.
The Boulding Triangle (Kenneth Boulding)
- Triangle that depicts three segments of a country’s domestic macro-environment
(business at top, civil society and government at bottom)
- Business Segment: includes all forms of “for profit” business ownership in Canada,
including corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships.
- Sorting mechanisms take form of supply and demand/quid pro quo exchange
- Government Segment: includes all levels of government in Canada, federal, provincial,
- Coercion and redistribution are prevalent mechanisms (represent rules)
- Civil Society Segment: includes organized and unorganized social network, non-
government organizations (NGOs), volunteer organizations, charities and philanthropic
- Mechanisms include solidarity, reciprocity, collaboration and trust (integrating
- Purest form of sorting mechanism occurs at each apex of a segment
- Important to understand the each three segments and how they connect and effect each
- Dominance in the macro-environment between three segments changes
Changes in Canada’s Domestic Macro-environment
- Changes gave driven from an aging population, advances in information and
communication technology and globalization
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