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Business and its Environment

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Class Schedule 2005:


22 September Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

27 September Opening Case

Danger on the Highway: Bridgestone/Firestone’s Tire Recall

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Was Ford to Blame in the Pinto Case?'

29 September The Corporation as Legal Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on the first link contained thereon

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Anatomy of a Hostile Takeover (The Annenberg/CPB Project Ethics in America Series)
Information on key players in the video:

T. Boone Pickens
Sir James Goldsmith
Warren Buffet
Timothy E. Wirth
Frederick H. Joseph
Harrison J. Goldin
Arthur Liman
Lewis Kaden
Joseph H. Flom
Lester Thurow
James Bere (Borg Warner)
Robert E. Mercer (Goodyear Tire)

The Corporation as Economic Institution

'The Tragedy of the Commons' (Hardin)

Commons Game

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

04 October Social Change Project Preparation Day
06 October

Social Contract Theory

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Classic Dialogue: Is Capitalism the Best Route to Human Happiness?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Corporation as Social Institution

Steinbeck on Corporate Social Responsibility

For the text of Chapter 5 of Grapes of Wrath, click here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

11 October

The Corporation as Social Institution

Read a synopsis of the book 'Aiming Higher.'

The President's remarks during the 1994 Business Enterprise Trust Award Ceremony can be accessed by clicking here.

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Should Corporations Adopt Policies of Corporate Social Responsibility?'

'The Social Responsibility of Business... ' (Friedman)
'Are Corporations Inherently Wicked?' (Dunn)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Corporation as Moral Institution

Overview of Ethical Frameworks
Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.

SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PROPOSALS or CASE PROPOSALS DUE

CONTRACTS DUE

13 October The Corporation as Moral Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a Video Streaming lecture for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Deontology/Utilitarianism'

Brady's Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'

Bluebird Smelter

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

18 October EXAMINATION #1

Weiss Chapter 3.1-3.11; 5.5; 6.1-6.6 plus all web schedule readings (see above) and lectures

Midterm #1 Study Guide

20 October EXAM #1 DEBRIEFING

EACH GROUP IS TO PROVIDE A FIVE TO TEN MINUTE UPDATE OF THEIR SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT.
Refer to discussion questions below for areas to be addressed.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

'SCOPE OF SERVICE' CONTRACTS DUE

25 October

DEADLY DECEPTION (INFACT video)

The full text of DEADLY DECEPTION can be found by clicking here.
To better understand the concept of advocacy video, see the work of the Benton Foundation.

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Can Restructuring a Corporation's Rules Make a Moral Difference?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

27 October

The Corporation as Moral Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a Video Streaming lecture for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Justice/Caring/Libertarianism/Virtue/Land Ethic'

Overview of Ethical Frameworks

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Pharmaceutical Firms Obligated to Cut Their Prices for Poor AIDS Victims?'

- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- Dunn, Craig P. `The Normative Defense for Affirmative Action'

01 November International Dimensions of Business Ethics

Global Dumping Ground

Social Accountability 8000 (click on the 'PDF' link)

Amnesty International's Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Multinational Corporations Free from Moral Obligations?'

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Are Sweatshops Necessarily Evil?'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

03 November Sustainable Business Practices

Spain: The Lawless Sea

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Do Environmental Restrictions Violate Basic Economic Freedoms?'

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Can Rain Forest Products Save the Tropical Rain Forest?'

Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
Natural Capitalism
Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy

Case: Chainsaws of Greed

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

08 November Ensuring Ethical Behavior

'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility' (Carroll, Archie B.)
Josephson Institute on Ethical Decision-Making
Johnson & Johnson Credo
VERIZON Code of Business Conduct: Connecting Through Integrity
How Companies Can Avoid Federal Prosecution

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

10 November EXAMINATION #2

Weiss Chapter 4.1-4.5; 5.1-5.4; 7.1-7.5 plus all web schedule readings (see above)

Midterm #2 Study Guide

15 November

EXAM #2 DEBRIEFING

The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 8
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray)

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a Video Streaming lecture for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 1'

17 November The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 9
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson)

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a Video Streaming lecture for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 2'

22 November

The Meaning of Work

What Comes Next?
Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter title: Roberta Victor)
The World According to Me

Students enrolled in MGT 482 may access a Video Streaming lecture for this class session by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the 'Video Streaming' menu bar, then on 'Meaning of Work: Part 3'

24 November

THANKSGIVING RECESS

29 November Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM and REFLECTIVE JOURNALS for following groups DUE TODAY


*Lydia Place*
*Power of Hope*
*Mother-baby Center*
*Peer-to-peer Networking* (CASE)
01 December Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM and REFLECTIVE JOURNALS for following groups DUE TODAY


*Blue Skys for Children*
*Smoken' Solution*
*MGT 482 Reflection Mechanism*
*Ethics in the Oil Business* (CASE)

TERM PAPERS DUE

(Papers will not be accepted without SELF-EVALUATION form attached)

08 December

1:00-3:00 pm

FINAL EXAMINATION

Final Exam Study Guide


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