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Business and its Environment

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Class Schedule 2005:


04 January Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

06 January Opening Case

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

A representative of the WWU Center for Service-Learning will be making a brief presentation at the beginning of class

11 January 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)

13 January The Corporation as Economic Institution

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Commons Game

Steinbeck on Corporate Social Responsibility

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Social Contract Theory

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

18 January

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
'Classic Dialogue: Is Capitalism the Best Route to Human Happiness?'

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

20 January

The Corporation as Moral Institution

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

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

CONTRACTS & SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE

25 January 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' (PDF file)

Bluebird Smelter

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

27 January EXAMINATION #1

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

01 February 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

03 February 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'

08 February

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

10 February Social Change Project Preparation Day
15 February International Dimensions of Business Ethics

Global Dumping Ground

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

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

Read about an initiative known as S[ocial] A[ccountability] 8000

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

17 February 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

Case: Chainsaws of Greed

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

22 February EXAMINATION #2

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

24 February

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'

01 March 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'

03 March

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'

08 March Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM and REFLECTIVE JOURNALS for following groups DUE TODAY


*Elementary School Recycling* (Section 10117)
Caddey/Callaghan/Carlson/Matni/Nelson
*WWU Secondhand Smoke* (Section 10117)
Monroe/Suzuki/Elmer/Peterson/Orton/Steed
*Cell Phone Recycling* (Section 10117)
Alunni/Milfred/Heaton/Ness
*Tsunami Dinner Fundraiser* (Section 13803)
Lamp/VanderZee/Lund/Endriss/Hurst
*Beach Clean-Up* (Section 13803)
Towner/Erickson/McGill/Walden/Tenorio/Martin
*Cafeteria Food Recycling* (Section 13803)
Ginn/Davis/Beedle/Strebe/Walker/Buckingham/Jurado/Iwai/Conant
10 March Social Change Project Presentations

TEAM EVALUATION FORM and REFLECTIVE JOURNALS for following groups DUE TODAY


*Students for Charitable Business Aid* (Section 10117)
Sessions/Corcoran/Tomlin/Alhuard/Mayfield
*Winter Warmth Drive* (Section 10117)
Bonner/Dorband/Carbonaro/Schuitemaker/Ott/Goldrick/Pirret
*Power of Hope Bocce Ball Tournament* (Section 10117)
Griggs/Rae/Westfall/Tsui/Williams
*Bowl for Kids Sake* (Section 10117)
Klimenko/Haney/Steffen/Wilson/Riddle
*Boys and Girls Club Teen Room* (Section 13803)
King/Walters/Binns/DeYoung/Meek/Quesnel/Smith
*Playground Fundraiser* (Section 13803)
Curtis/Carkeek/Reuhl/Pickett/Porter/Kendall/Dotson

TERM PAPERS DUE

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

14 March

8:00-10:00 am

FINAL EXAMINATION for 10:00 am class
15 March

1:00-3:00 pm

FINAL EXAMINATION for 2:00 pm class


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