Decisions in Paradise: Establishing Chevron's Presence
Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, wrote “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men” (Quote Garden, n.d.). We must help our fellow man to become truly successful. Businesses are not separate from this belief. Companies have taken part in corporate responsibility to help communities overcome tragedy. Their assistance can lead to a better economy, safer communities, and help rebuild after natural disasters. In this paper I will be role-playing as Nik who was recently hired by Chevron and sent to Kava, an island in the South Pacific. My first assignment in Kava is to find a way the company can establish a greater presence on the island. This assignment is faced with many issues because of disaster threats on the island. I will be defining and discussing the issues facing Kava, difficulties in building a greater presence in Kava, and the problem formulation tools and techniques used. The first step in solving a problem is to define the problem and ask questions to pinpoint the problem (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, p. 288). “Formulating the problem precisely and carefully is worth the time it takes; it is rewarded by a more rapid solution and might even yield an obvious solution” (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, p. 289). Kava is a small island in the South Pacific, ethnically mixed from indigenous tribes, Asian, African, French, Spanish, and Americans, over half the population is under the age of 15, and the residents speak a variety of languages that include the many indigenous tongues, English, French, and Spanish. The goods and industries that bring in money for the country is petroleum, coffee, cocoa, spices, bananas, sugar, tourism, fishing, natural gas, and inexpensive quality labor. This island faces many natural disasters that include tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and fires. They also face HIV/AIDS, avian flu,...
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