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Business and its Environment

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Class Schedule 2006:


28 September Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

03 October SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PREPARATION DAY

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Discuss the ways in which you will ensure an equitable distribution of work within your group.

05 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

Overview of Ethical Frameworks

Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

10 October

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?'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline the deontological duties you have to both your fellow group members as well as to your beneficiary organization. Additionally, comment on the way(s) in which your group project is connected to utilitarian ideals.

12 October

The Corporation as Economic Institution

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this and the following two class sessions by clicking here

'The Tragedy of the Commons' (Hardin)

Commons Game

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Social Contract Theory

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PROPOSALS or CASE PROPOSALS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

17 October

The Corporation as Social Institution

Steinbeck on Corporate Social Responsibility

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Corporation as Legal Institution

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)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe the way(s) in which the concept of social contract theory relates to either your interactions within your group or the organization(s) affiliated with your social change project or case analysis.

19 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

CONTRACTS DUE

24 October

EXAMINATION #1

Weiss Chapter 3.1-3.11; 4.7; 6.1-6.6 plus all web schedule readings (see above) and lectures

Midterm #1 Study Guide

Exam Tips

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline the 'deliverables' you will be including within the 'scope of service' contract due next week. If taking the case option, describe the 'moral dilemma' which will be the springboard for your case analysis, and relate this 'moral dilemma' to at least two of the ethical frameworks covered in this course.

26 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

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE (BY MIDNIGHT SUNDAY)

31 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'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe how at least one of the ethical frameworks covered in the video streaming lecture for this week relates to your social change project or case analysis.

02 November

DEADLY DECEPTION (INFACT video)

The full text of DEADLY DECEPTION can be found by clicking here.
For current news regarding the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, visit the Hanford Watch website.
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

07 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

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe how the emergence of a 'global economy' impacts the ethical considerations within your social change project or case analysis.

09 November

Sustainable Business Practices

Spain: The Lawless Sea

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

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

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE


Case (40136): Pharmacist's Fired for Denying 'morning after' Pill
Pharmacies Take Up 'Morning After' Pill Debate
14 November

Ensuring Ethical Behavior

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

'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


Case (40137): Dell Recall
Case (40137): Scandal Rocks Boeing

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Offer one recommendation specifically related to ensuring ethical behavior within your social change project client or donor organization, or the organization under review within your case analysis.

16 November

EXAMINATION #2

Weiss Chapter 4.1-4.5; 5.2-5.5; 7.1-7.5 plus all web schedule readings (see above)

Midterm #2 Study Guide

21 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'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: No entry due this week

23 November

Thanksgiving Holiday

28 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'

30 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'

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

05 December

Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Boarding for Breast Cancer Benefit Concert* (40136)
*The Butterfly Effect* (40136)
*A Kid's Revolution* (40136)
*Haggen Study-Rama* (40136)
*MoneySense* (40137)
*American Red Cross Intern Outreach* (40137)
*Helmet Hair--Why its cool to have!* (40137)
*Slum Doctor Programme's Annual Appeal* (40137)
07 December

Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Lend a Hand* (40136)
*Soups On! Serving the Soup!* (40136)
*Big Brothers/Big Sisters Male Mentors* (40136)
*Providing for the Pets* (40137)
*Operation Outreach* (40137)
*Bellingham Education Enrichment* (40137)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide your final reflections regarding the 'link' between your social change project or case analysis and the content of this course.

14 December 1:00-3:00 pm (CRN 40136 & 40137)

VENUE: CF-226

FINAL EXAMINATION

Final Exam Study Guide


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