Western Washington University Western Washington University

Perspectives on Business
Fall 2016

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Class Schedule:

23 September

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Introduction to Course

*Corporate Governance / Social Purpose Corporations

Download a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

- Colley, J.L. Jr., Doyle, J.L., Logan, G.W. & Stettinius, W. Corporate Governance (excerpt)
- Thoma, Mark. Is CEO Compensation Too High?
- Monks, R.A.G. & Minow, N. The Myth of the Director's Duty
- Social Purpose Corporations: HB-2239
- Social Purpose Corporations: SB-6230


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:


Reflective Journal #1 (due 09.29.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3418601

30 September

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Meaning of Work

A Powerpoint Handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here
If downloading to a PC, the file will likely come through in compressed format. To open as editable file, right-click the .zip folder, select 'open with,' then select 'MSWord.' Save file as MSWord document.

- Collins, Jim. What Comes Next?
- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught


Reflective Journal #2 (due 10.06.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3437211
07 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm


Karen Powell

Reflective Journal #3 (due 10.13.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3443415

14 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Meaning of Work

- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'
- Bronson, P.O. What Should I Do With My Life?
- Hopkins, M. S. 'The World According to Me'
- Peters, T. 'The Brand Called You'


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (Due by midnight this coming Sunday): Develop one mechanism for ensuring that your work life will be meaningful. This mechanism needs to be both specific as well as 'automatic,' not requiring intention.

Reflective Journal #4 (due 10.20.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3414598

21 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility

Download a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part A: Chapters 1, 2, 3

- Friedman, M. 'The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits'
- Carroll, Archie B. 'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility'
- Arthur D. Little 'The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility'
Merck (Business Enterprise Trust video)

*Social Contract Theory

Download a PowerPoint handout for this and the following class session by clicking here

- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:


Reflective Journal #5 (due 10.27.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449861
28 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

NOTE: Class will adjourn to AW 204 at 1:45 in order for students to join the public talk from 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm

*Doug Schuler -- Shipping Container to Sterile Box: Shackling the Sun for Social Good

- This Box Doesn't Look Like Much, But It Could Save Lives
https://www.facebook.com/HuffingtonPost/videos/10153871013316130/ (video link)
- A Shipping Container-Based Sterile Processing Unit for Low Resources Settings
Reflective Journal #6 (due 11.03.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449872
03 November

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

Viking Union Multipurpose Room

*Business Career Fair

Job and Internship Listings:

Please click HERE to access Viking CareerLink, where you can search job postings, set up email alerts, and research employers who have partnered with Western.

Career Fair Preparation Events:

Resume Clinics
Polish up your resume prior to the career fair at one of our resume clinics! Bring an electronic copy of your drafted resume and get feedback to ensure it is employer-ready (stay tuned for announcements about resume clinics)

Preparing for a Career Fair

How to Make Effective Use of a Career Fair
Blog Post -- Making the Most of Career Fairs
What to Wear
Keys to Success
Career Fair Checklist

04 November

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

NOTE: Class will only meet from 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm

*Business Career Fair Debrief


Reflective Journal #7 (due 11.10.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449875

11 November

1:15 pm -- 2:50 pm


*Ethical Decision-making in Business

Students may access a case worksheet for this class session by clicking here

- Collins, Karen. 'Exploring Business', Chapters 4 - 6
- Dunn, Craig P. 'Integrity Matters'


Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

A profile of class resultes from the above survey can be found by clicking here

Reflective Journal #8 (due 11.17.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449878

18 November

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm


Reflective Journal #9 (due 11.29.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449879

25 November

*Thanksgiving Break

02 December

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Stakeholder Analysis

- Access and view the web-based streaming video here prior to class

- Clement, R.W. The Lessons from Stakeholder Theory for U.S. Business Leaders
- MindTools Stakeholder Analysis
- R. E. Freeman & McVea A Stakeholder Approach to Strategic Management

*CASE: Cherry Point Coal Terminal

- Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point Starts Permit Process
- Coal Proposal Drives a Big Green Wedge into Bellingham Politics
- Coal Shipping to China Takes Center Stage in Whatcom County (video)

Reflective Journal #10 (due 12.06.2016): https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1078027/assignments/3449880

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