Business Ethics Unit I – Unit VIII

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MBA-6301, Business Ethics
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Stanwick, P. A., &Stanwick, S. D. (2009).Understanding business ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Prentice Hall.
Unit I (Questions – Minimum response 200 words per question –4 pages)
1. Examine the three simple tests identified by the Institute of Business Ethics (page 25). Use these tests, and discuss a decision you made dealing with ethics.
2. Review Table 2-1 in the textbook, which relates to the myths about business ethics (page 23). Select three myths, and discuss why they represent a general misunderstanding about business ethics.
3. Discuss the eight ethical principles in the Global Business Standards Codex. Using these principles, describe an example of a company that does follow one of these principles, and then describe an example of a company that does not follow one of these principles.
4. Review the ethical cycle (page19). Discuss a decision you have made (at home or in the workplace), and describe the steps of the cycle in relation to your decision making process. Now review the section on rationalizing unethical behaviors (page 25). What is the relationship between the ethical cycle and the three simple ethical tests used for business decisions?
5. List and discuss in depth the three teleological frameworks and the three deontological frameworks. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Of these six frameworks, with which one do you most associate?
Unit II (Assignment – Presentation Outline–4 Pages – Minimum 5 references)
You are a high level manager who has been asked to teach to your employees on the concepts of stakeholders and corporate social responsibility. Your lesson outline must include the following in point form:
• What is a stakeholder? (75 words minimum)
• How does your business define stakeholder?(75 words minimum)
• Identify your stakeholders and what makes them stakeholders in your business:
o The employee(75 words minimum)
o The supplier(75 words minimum)
o The customers(75 words minimum)
o The government(75 words minimum)
o The local community and society(75 words minimum)
• How does your business communicate with its stakeholders?(75 words minimum)
• Discuss corporate social responsibility in your business.(75 words minimum)
• Discuss the social issues facing your company.(75 words minimum)
You can assume anything in developing the lesson outline, and I would like to see a Commercial General Contracting (Construction Company) used as the fictitious organization.
Make sure you identify your organization at the beginning lesson. 5 reference minimum must be cited; textbook,websites, journal articles, etc.
Remember, if you paraphrase or quote words or ideas from your course textbook or other resources, you should cite your sources following the APA style citation guidelines.
Additional notes may be added to each point above to enhance the lesson.
Unit III (Case Study – Walmart – 4 pages – Minimum 2 references)
Read Case Study 22, “Wal-Mart: But We Do Give Them a 10 Percent Employee Discount.” Summarize the overall viewpoint of the author. Discuss ethical issues facing Wal-Mart dealing with, “off-the-clock-work,” sexual discrimination, health benefits, the role of unions, the use of undocumented workers, as well as issues relating to child and labor laws.
Review the Questions for Thought. Answer these four questions using the business ethics principles from the textbook.
Your discussion of the ethical issues facing Wal-Mart must be in paragraph form. However, your responses to the four Questions for Thought can be answered either in paragraph form or as a numbered list. There is no minimum word count requirement for this case study. You will be graded on your discussion of the ethical issues facing Wal-Mart and your responses to the questions.
Remember, if you paraphrase or quote words or ideas from your course textbook or other resources, you should cite your sources following the APA style citation guidelines.
Unit IV (Questions – Minimum response 200 words per question – 3 pages)
1. Corporations define themselves in terms of being environmentally friendly and “green.” What do those terms mean, and how can they be implemented into a workable company policy? Is being green important to your company?
2. What part should the government take in ensuring that corporations are environmentally “friendly”? Fully discuss your answer.
3. Assume you are the ethics officer for a waste management company. The CEO has asked you for a memorandum addressing the major concerns the company should consider with regard to the environment. Create the memorandum.
4. What types of ethical issues are faced by those in the field of health care? What is the role of ethics in health care? Why are codes of ethics particularly important in the health care field? Why do you think the doctor-patient relationship is discussed in our textbook as an ethical issue?
Unit V (Questions – Minimum response 200 words per questions – 3 pages)
1. There are numerous examples of ethical dilemmas dealing with the privacy of customers. As the textbook states, using cookies is a common way of monitoring preferences of customers and potential customers. Companies’ websites gather and store information about its customers through cookies. Do you agree with this business practice? What are the benefits to the company, and what are the benefits and potential disadvantages to the customer?
2. Analyze in detail the five types of internet fraud. Please describe any personal experiences you have encountered with internet fraud? What are practical preventative measures to deter being a victim of internet fraud? Please be specific.
3. You are the Assistant human resource manager for Proctor and Gamble. One of your tasks is to monitor the e-mail of all employees. You have discovered an e-mail that you would consider “sexual harassment,” which was sent from one employee to another. What specific action steps would you take in this situation? What are your ethical responsibilities under these circumstances?
4. Examine and discuss the types of computer and telephone monitoring systems being used in the workplace. What are the ethical issues involved with these type of monitoring systems? How does your workplace use a monitoring system? What are your personal feelings about monitoring employee’s computer and telephone communication?
Unit VI (Case Study –Tyco – 4 pages – Minimum 2 references)
Read Case Study 20, “Tyco: I’m Sure That It’s a Really Nice Shower Curtain.” Summarize the overall viewpoint of the author, and discuss the major issues presented in the case. Review the Questions for Thought. Answer these three questions using the business ethics principles from the textbook.
Your summary of the author’s viewpoint and your discussion of the major issues presented in the case must be in paragraph form. However, your responses to the three Questions for Thought can be answered either in paragraph form or as a numbered list. There is no minimum word count requirement for this case study. You will be graded on yoursummary of the author’s viewpoint, your discussion of the ethical issues facing Tyco, and your responses to thequestions.
Remember, if you paraphrase or quote words or ideas from your course textbook or other resources, you should cite your sources following the APA style citation guidelines.
Unit VII (Code of Ethics Assignment – 8pages – Minimum 5 references)
Code of Ethics Assignment outlined below.
The example company that I would like used is a Commercial General Contractor (Construction Company).
Your task is to create an original Code of Ethics for your company or organization. You may also choose to create a Code of Ethics for a fictitious company or organization if you prefer not to use your employer. Codes of conduct for military do not qualify for this assignment. In your company Code of
Ethics, please include the following:
• Guiding principles
• Purpose of the code
• Core values
• Training and education
• Definitions
• What employees it covers
• How it will be implemented/communicated
• How it will be enforced and reported
• Mission statement
• Other pertinent elements you feel necessary to have a comprehensive Code of Ethics
Please include a short introduction and background of the company/organization and a summary of the Code in your paper.
This assignment must be minimum 8 pages in length. The title page and reference pages are not included in the required paper length. CSU requires that students use the APA format in writing course papers. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. Your paper should contain at least five referencesin addition to the textbook and may include Internet sources, books, and professional journals or other pertinent resources. Do not copy or plagiarize others materials. Use references less than four years old.
NOTE: Submit a comprehensive outline by e-mail to the professor for approval prior to initiating writing. Points can be deducted if your assignment is submitted without an approved outline.
Unit VIII (Questions – Minimum response 200 words per questions – 3 pages)
1. You have been asked by your CEO to recruit for a new position: corporate ethics officer. Prepare a job description (minimum 200 words) for this new position. In the job description, make sure to discuss the role the ethics officer will play in the company as well as the qualifications this individual must hold.
2 What is whistle blowing, and why is it important to the study of business ethics? Provide details. Discuss the reasons why an employee would refrain from reporting potentially unethical behavior within his/her organization? Should a corporation establish an ethics hotline? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having one.
3. You are a high level manager for a corporation that has recently expanded into the global market. You have been asked to manage an interdepartmental team that will help you to create a global ethics training program. Imagine that your team has very little, if any, experience with ethics training or international management. Create a memorandum to your team that explains the need for an ethics training program, the benefits of an ethics training program, and how the program will be implemented. Make sure to explain the key elements in a global ethics training program and the global cultural dimensions in detail.
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