ASA University Bangladesh Faculty of Business BUS 224 – Business Ethics Semester: Spring 2011 Lecture 2 Lecturer: Mohibul Islam Masum Date: 27 September 2011 “If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Today’s Agenda My Introduction Rules of the game Introduction of the students Course Outline Your expectations and what I can offer Attendance & the profile Text Books and an introduction to the course Tasks for the next class How are you? Fine, thanks. You? Good, thanks. You? How are you doing? I’m alright, thanks. You? How you doing? I’m doing great, thanks. How are ya? You? How’s it going? Can’t complain! You? How are you going? Getting there! You? How you going? Not too bad, thanks. You? How do you do? They all mean the same. I say: How are you doing, alright? Any questions? Am I speaking too fast? Rules of the Game, in order to preserve a peaceful environment for learning on and around Campus and to encourage class participation: You MUST always dress in a decent manner, make sure that you have buttoned your shirt and fixed your collar. You MUST remain seated, ready with your books, notebook, pen and course outline before I enter into the classroom, those who are not seated and ready, will not be allowed to attend the class. You MUST NOT enter or leave the class once it starts. You MUST put your cell phone into silent mode, NO vibration. There is only one way to get attendance, that is, answer, when I call your name. If you wish to speak, you MUST raise your hand and WAIT for my permission. You MUST listen carefully and NEVER interfere while someone is talking. You MUST NEVER engage in side talking/laughing. You MUST NOT make any unnecessary noise with books, pens, papers, chair, table, feet and so on. If you need to move a chair, lift it, do not make any noise. Whether you are walking or seated, NEVER make any disturbing noise with your feet/shoe; DO NOT drag your feet while walking. You MUST NOT make suggestions, comments or discuss, raise irrelevant matters. You MUST always be polite and respectful towards each other. You MUST NEVER call each other names (tease names). You MUST NEVER use any slang. You MUST always speak ‘loud and clear’ enough so that everyone in the class can hear and understand you; it is your duty to communicate effectively. You MUST always maintain discipline and sharpness. You MUST come prepared for the class. You MUST always bring the COURSE OUTLINE and BOOKS to the class. Always remember to write your name, student ID, date, course code & batch code on any document that you submit. Whenever you need to write batch code in MY course, write in this manner ONLY 5A. DO NOT WRITE 5th A or 5th batch, Section – A etc. Regarding the quizzes, THERE WILL BE ONLY TWO QUIZZES, NOT MORE!!! Anybody who requests or raises an issue regarding an extra quiz will lose class participation marks. You MUST always use English with me, only I may use Bengali for the purpose of communication from time to time as required. You MUST always maintain a pleasant body language; expressions of annoyance in any form are strictly prohibited. Once I give my decision regarding a particular matter, you MUST NEVER try to insist/ pursue/ negotiate with me. If you are sick and going to miss a few classes, you MUST inform me immediately if you wish to apply for an exemption later. If, because of a genuinely unavoidable circumstance, you miss any deadline or examination, you MUST call/sms/email me immediately (on the same day) if you wish to apply for an extension. It is YOUR duty to communicate with ME successfully; DO NOT call the CR, CALL ME! If you fail to do so, you MUST NOT ask for an extension later or discuss this matter. If you miss any deadline or examination and I allow you to submit an application for extension, you MUST submit an application along with supporting documents (such as medical prescription or certificate etc.). The application MUST BE signed by you and your parent/guardian. After I review your application and verify the supporting documents, I will decide whether to allow an extension or not. Please note that if your application and supporting documents do not satisfy me, you will not get an extension. You MUST read the course outline and these RULES carefully and make sure that you understand them. It’s VERY IMPORTANT!!! Remember, you MUST always have my permission before you speak. DON’T JUST OPEN YOUR MOUTH; THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK! If you come to my desk and do not see me there, DO NOT ask anyone around regarding my whereabouts, instead, CALL ME. If I cannot answer your call, please leave a message mentioning your BATCH CODE, NAME and REASON FOR CALLING. You MUST always stand in the queue for lift and any other place where a queue is applicable in a disciplined manner; make sure that you leave enough space for others to pass by; keep enough distance with the person in front of you and make sure that you do not breathe on his/her neck. Refer to lift manners. Behave yourself in the lift, corridors and other relevant places; do not start a personal conversation or call each other names. Never stand or walk slowly blocking the corridors, entrances, exits, footpaths, streets and so on; care for others. Never gather a crowd that may disturb others; e.g. classes. If you wish to do well in this course, you MUST make sure that your hand writing is easy to read, your English is good and you have understood the rules mentioned above and followed them perfectly. The rules mentioned above are directly connected to your attendance, class participation marks and overall performance and grade. Any violation of the above rules will result in penalty, losing marks and if required, you may be asked to see me in the office or bring your parents/guardian and show cause or discuss the matter with the Faculty of Business, ASA University Bangladesh. If you observe the rules and participate in the class in an active and positive manner, you will be rewarded with good marks and grade. Please introduce yourself... Let us go through the course outline now… What do you expect from the course? What do you expect from me? What can I offer? "There are two types of education ... One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live." How to make a living? The course…The program… BBA? How to live? The Art of Living = L’Art de Vivre (French) Purpose of University and Education… “The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.” -Ayn Rand (February 2 1905 – March 6 1982), Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. Some VERY IMPORTANT factors: English language skills Another language IT skills such as MS Office, Internet, Email and so on… Always remember to write your name, student ID, date, course code & batch code on any document that you submit. You MUST arrange to have access to internet and email. Tips regarding email address. Text Books Business Ethics by Dr. A. R. Khan (2nd ed). Business Ethics for the 21st Century by David M. Adams & Edward W. Maine. You must collect the books before the next lecture. Introducing the course: Business Ethics What is Ethics? Ethics comes from the Greek word ethos, meaning character or custom. Ethics is the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation. (more definitions in page 2-3 of Dr. A. R. Khan) Moral: Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles. (e.g. a moral life) Values: Abstract ideas about what a group believes to be good, right and desirable; form bedrock of a culture. Freedom, democracy, justice, love, religion. Norms: The social rules and guidelines that prescribe appropriate behavior in a particular situation. Dress code, correct utensils, neighborly behavior, time. Theft, adultery, incest. What is Business Ethics? Business Ethics consists of those principles and practices that are concerned with morals and good conduct as they are applicable to business situations. Why do we need ethics in business? Businesses are confronted by many interests both inside and outside the organization. Responsibilities of business: Inner circle: efficient performance of economic function. Intermediate circle: environmental protection, resource conservation, employee and customer relations. Outer circle: reducing inflation and unemployment, dealing with hunger and poverty, supporting education, arts. Businesses are expected to contribute towards social improvement. Morality and Obligations of business: business activity is human activity, therefore, can be evaluated from the moral point of view, just as any other human activity is evaluated. To be honest, fair and just in dealing with others, in carrying out agreements and contracts, pay off debts, maintaining a safe and healthy working environment, loyalty to employee (paying fair wages), employers, customers, admit manufacturing errors, should not advertise an unsafe product and make claims which are not true. Use of Business Ethics: A. R. Khan, page 16-17. General ethical dilemma Would you steal a drug (medication) to save your spouse? Or refrain from theft even though that would lead to his/her death? The car accident dilemma… The child labor dilemma… Tasks for the next class: Submit the completed profile form. Collect the text books. The class monitor will collect the email addresses and email them to me within this week. Contact number of class monitor. Collect the movie ‘The Insider’ (1999, Dir. Michael Mann, Starring Al Pacino & Russell Crowe). Watch it, enjoy it, try to understand it, the ethical issues, legal issues, business terms, links to our course etc. We’ll have a discussion in the class, so please be prepared. Do not take it as a burden, you will learn something new from this movie, so take it as a learning process while you are entertained. References: Business Ethics for the 21st Century by David M. Adams & Edward W. Maine. Business Ethics by Dr. A. R. Khan (2nd ed). Internet. Thank You! Any Questions?
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