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Business and its Environment:
Summer 2008

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Class Schedule:


24 June Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

25 June Group Formation and Case Selection

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

26 June

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

01 July

Opening Case

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

Danger on the Highway: Bridgestone/Firestone's Tire Recall
Officials Mandate Anti-Rollover Rule

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Outline three deontological duties you have. For each, provide an example as to how these duties 'shape' decisions you make.

02 July

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
'Should Corporations Adopt Policies of Corporate Social Responsibility?'

'The Social Responsibility of Business... ' (Friedman)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

03 July

The Corporation as Social Institution

Steinbeck on Corporate Social Responsibility

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

'Are Corporations Inherently Wicked?' (Dunn)

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Corporation as Legal Institution

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)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CONTRACTS DUE

08 July

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 two of the ethical frameworks covered in the video streaming lecture for this week relate to the Ford/Firestone case.

9 July

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

CASE PRESENTATION: Exxon Mobil Avoids Full Responsiblity in Exxon Valdez Tanker Disaster

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide a brief overview of the dilemma your group addressed as part of the discussion of Deadly Deception. What recommendation did your group develop to resolve this dilemma, and how does this recommendation conform with the model of ethical decision-making?

10 July

MIDTERM

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

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

Midterm Study Guide

Exam Tips

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe the most challenging part of the midterm, as well as what could have been done to make this part of the midterm less challenging for you.

15 July

MIDTERM DEBRIEFING

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

16 July

The Meaning of Work

What Comes Next?
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 July

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'

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Draft a statement of personal purpose consistent with the parameters outlined in the article 'What Comes Next.'

22 July

The Meaning of Work

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 3 DUE

23 July

International Dimensions of Business Ethics

Global Dumping Ground (video)

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

An Excrutiating Dilemma Between Life and Law

Want to know where and under what conditions your clothes are made? MADE-BY

Your wallet is a mouth. When you spend money, you tell the world how you want it to be.Wallet Mouth

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

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

CASE PRESENTATION: The Future of the Internet

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Describe how the emergence of a 'global economy' impacts the practice of business ethics within the United States.

24 July

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
Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CASE PRESENTATION: Ecotourism in the Modern Era

29 July

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
Breaking Down the Wall of Codes

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CASE PRESENTATION: Improving the Quality of Life?

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Offer one recommendation specifically related to ensuring ethical behavior within an organization of your choosing.

30 July

FINAL EXAMINATION PREPARATION DAY

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

31 July

FINAL EXAMINATION

Final Exam Study Guide

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide your final reflections regarding the 'link' between ethics and business decision-making.


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