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Business and its Environment

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Class Schedule 2006:


28 March Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

30 March SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PREPARATION DAY

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Assess the effectiveness of the process of group formation, and suggest improvements to the process.

04 April

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

06 April

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: Relate the frameworks of deontology and utilitarianism to a moral dilemma you face within your own life.

11 April

The Corporation as Economic Institution

Students enrolled in MGT 482 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

13 April

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.

18 April

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

20 April

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

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.

25 April

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

27 April

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 May

CASE PRESENTATION (CRN 21418): Men Chafe as Norway Ushers Women Into Boardroom

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

04 May

International Dimensions of Business Ethics

CASE PRESENTATION (CRN 20119): Microsoft's India Outsourcing Raises Protests

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 May

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

11 May

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

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 May

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

18 May

EXAM #2 DEBRIEFING

CASE PRESENTATION (CRN 20119): Wal-Mart and Sex Discrimination by the Numbers

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 May

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'

25 May

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'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline one mechanism you will use to ensure meaning in your own work life.

30 May

Social Change Project Presentations


TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Home Port* (20119)
*Farmer's Market Marketing* (20119)
*Blue Skies for Children* (20119)
*Munch Money Donation* (20119)
*Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build* (21418)
*Sports Mini-Camp* (21418)
*Food Donation* (21418)
01 June

Social Change Project Presentations


TEAM EVALUATION FORM for following groups DUE TODAY


*Whatcom Center for Early Learning* (20119)
Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center* (20119)
*Environmental Art Auction* (20119)
*Cub Scout Fundraiser* (21418)
*May Day Flower Distribution* (21418)
*Whatcom Center for Early Learning* (21418)

TERM PAPERS DUE

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

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

05 June

through

09 June

FINAL EXAMINATION


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