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Business and its Environment:
Summer 2009

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Class Schedule:


23 June Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

24 June Case Group Formation and Case Selection

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

25 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

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What have you learned about yourself based upon the Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes? How will you ensure you find an appropriate balance between deontology and utilitarianism in your decision-making?

30 June

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

Ford agrees to four-state settlement in rollover case

Fight Club - The Formula (YouTube video)

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

01 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.

02 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.

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CONTRACTS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

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?

07 July

The Corporation as Economic Institution

'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

CASE PRESENTATION: Corporate Outsourcing and its Effects on the Economy
Biggerstaff/Evans/Flees/Gratz

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What did you learn by playing the commons game?

08 July

The Corporation as Social Institution

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

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

CASE PRESENTATION: Yum Brands and Corporate Responsibility
Cherveny/Martin/Marshall/Tikhonova

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: How does the reading from Grapes of Wrath relate to corporate social responsibility?

09 July

The Corporation as Legal Institution/Corporate Governance

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

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)

CASE PRESENTATION: Paid to Play: Corporations in the Post-Bailout Economy
Gustavson/O'Neill/Rock

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

14 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

15 July

MIDTERM DEBRIEFING

CASE PRESENTATION: Drugs Priced Beyond the Reach of Many Patients
Dodds/DeBoli/Volpone

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

16 July

International Dimensions of Business Ethics

GAP, Inc.

Can one kid change the world?
The GAP falls into child labor controversy
A message to our customers

Chiquita!

Chiquita Admits to Paying Columbian Terrorists
Chiquita to Plead Guilty to Ties with Terrorists
An Excrutiating Dilemma Between Life and Law
60 Minutes espisode

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

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CASE PRESENTATION: Can You Stomach Investing in China?
Hill/Pingrey/Ries/Wells

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

21 July

Sustainable Business Practices

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

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
Breaking Up is Hard to Do

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CASE PRESENTATION: The Green Team
Dillon/Hall/Leonard/Linger

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: How can the mindset of managers best be changed, such that managerial decisions better attend to environmental sustainability?

22 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: Salaries: How Much it Too Much?
Kawachi/Manning/McGurr/Soukup

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

23 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'

28 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.'

29 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 4 DUE

30 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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