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Apple's Accountability to Foxconn

             This essay will examine whether Apple is accountable for the actions of Foxconn through analyzing the influence of organizational culture and leadership. Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan. It is the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer measured by revenues ( Foxconn, 2012). While Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company was founded on April 1, 1976, and incorporated on January 3, 1977. The word "Computer" was removed from its name on January 9, 2007, reflecting its shifted focus towards consumer electronics after the introduction of the iPhone. (Apple Inc., 2012).
             This essay is a critical proposal. Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context. .
             In January, 2012, an explosion occurring in a cafeteria brought the scandal of Foxconn and Apple into light. This incident can be seen as the culmination through the accumulation of continual wretched working environment within Apple's supplier of Foxconn. The explosion has brought people's attention to the workers' working environment and welfare in Foxconn. This essay will give a critical view on proving that Apple should be accountable for the actions of Foxconn.
             2.1. Literary Review.
             Corporate culture involves with social expectations and standards as well as the values and beliefs that individuals hold central and that bind organisational groups (Lawson and Shen, 1998). It is a pattern of basic assumptions invented, discovered or developed by a given group as it learns to cope with its problem of external adaptation and internal integration (Schein, 1992).

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