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									MGMT 3282 01: Managerial Ethics                                                     Dr. Arnold
PHIL 3231 01: Business Ethics                                                       Fall 2008
MW 11:00 – 12:15, Friday 16

                                  MANAGERIAL ETHICS/
                                   BUSINESS ETHICS
Required Text:

 Beauchamp, Bowie & Arnold, Ethical Theory and Business, 8th ed. (2009)

Catalog Descriptions:

 Management 3282: Managerial Ethics. A study of the impact of management decisions on
 customers, employees, creditors, shareholders, community interests, ecology, and government
 (including taxes and the regulatory environment). The objective is to provide future managers
 with a systematic way of analyzing the impact of management decisions on larger society.

 Philosophy 3231: Business Ethics. Ethical problems confronting business as a social
 institution and individuals in business. Application of ethical theory to business institutions
 and practices, internal exchanges of business (e.g., hiring, promotions, working conditions,
 employer/employee rights and duties) and external exchanges (e.g., product safety,
 environment, depletion, marketing, advertising.)

Unified Course Goals:

 (1) To understand and appreciate ethical principles and judgments in relation to the conduct of
 (2) To learn to evaluate morally problematic business scenarios and to develop morally sound
   responses to such scenarios.
 (3) To improve your ability to engage in respectful and well-reasoned discussion.
 (4) To learn to fairly interpret and assess diverse arguments and beliefs.
 (5) To significantly improve critical thinking skills, especially as such skills relate to the exercise
   of managerial leadership.

Course Requirements:

 (1) Regular, on-time attendance is required. Regular tardiness will result in a reduced attendance
     grade. Students are allowed two unexcused absences. Students may be excused from class
     because of poor health, a death in the family, required UNCC or military events, or for
     equally significant reasons. Documentation is required in such cases.
 (2) It is essential that you read the assigned material prior to each class meeting. It will be
     assumed that you have completed the assigned reading prior to class.

 (3) Thoughtful discussion is an essential part of this class and an acquired skill. Students are
   expected to fully participate in class discussion where this means actively listening as well as
 (4) There will be a five-point, online Blackboard quiz over the readings during ten weeks. These
   quizzes will be given in weeks 3 thru 6, 9 thru 13 and week 15. Quizzes must be concluded by
   11:00am each Monday. Students who miss this deadline will not normally be allowed to
   make-up the quiz. If you wait to the last minute to take the quiz, and encounter technical
   difficulties at that time, you cannot retake the quiz. These quizzes are intended to provide you
   with an incentive for completing your reading assignments in a timely fashion. For that reason,
   you should find them easy after reading the material.


 The ten online quizzes combined are worth 30% of your final grade; the midterm examination is
 worth 30%; the final examination is worth 30%. Failure to complete any one of these
 assignments will result in the student failing the class (for the quizzes, a minimum of eight must
 be completed for the assignment to be regarded as complete). Attendance is worth 10%. Grades
 will be posted on Blackboard. The grading scale is as follows:

 A = 90 -100
 B = 80 - 89.99
 C = 70 - 79.99
 D = 60 - 69.99
 F = < 60


 Dr. Denis Arnold
 Surtman Distinguished Scholar in Business Ethics
 Office: 310 C Friday Building
 Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 9:15 – 10:45 Feel free to speak with me after class. Email is the
     best means of asking questions regarding the course schedule, assignments, the readings, etc.
 Office Telephone: 687-7703

Blackboard Environment:

 This course includes a significant and required use of the Blackboard on-line environment. You
 must be able to access course materials and announcements on-line. You can login at 49er
 Express: .


 You must be reachable via your UNCC email account. All course communication will be
 directed to you at your UNCC email address. If you primarily use a different email account, then
 you should forward your email to your primary account.


 The Belk College of Business strives to create an inclusive academic climate in which the
 dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that
 includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race,
 religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Academic Honesty:

 You are required to complete 100% of your own work in this class. Cheating violates the UNCC
 Code of Academic Integrity and may result in course failure, suspension, and/or expulsion. For
 more information see the following:

Disability and Impairment Accommodation:

 If you require course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you have
 emergency medical information about which I should be informed, please speak with me as soon
 as possible. Students are responsible for notifying me of any conditions that may impair their
 academic performance for which reasonable accommodation can be made. Without advance
 warning, such difficulties cannot be used later as a basis for requesting deadline extensions or
 reconsideration of grades. Students who require such accommodations must work with the
 Office of Disability Services (704-687-4355).

Schedule of Class Meetings:

 Note: Please read assignments in the order in which they are listed.

 Week I        8/25 & 8/27     Introductions

       Chp 1, “Ethical Theory and Business Practice,” pp. 1-13 (stop at top of 13) only
       Case Study: “Outsourcing at Any Cost?” pp. 98-100
       Case Study: “H.B Fuller in Honduras: Street Children and Substance Abuse,” pp. 102-104

 Week II       9/3     The Stockholder View

       Chp 1, “Ethical Theory and Business Practice,” pp. 18-23 only
       Introduction to Chapter 2, pp. 45-50
       Friedman, “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits,” pp. 51-55
       Case Study: “The NYSEG Corporate Responsibility Program,” pp. 95-97

 Week III      9/8 & 9/10      The Stakeholder View*

    Chp 1, “Ethical Theory and Business Practice,” pp. 23-30 (stop at top of 30) only
    Freeman, “Managing for Stakeholders,” pp. 56-68
    Cascio, “Decency Means More than “Always Low Prices”: A Comparison of Costco to
      Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club,” pp. 80-89
    Johnson & Johnson, “Our Credo,” p. 94
    Case Study: “Merck & River Blindness,” pp. 101-102
    Case Study: “From Tension to Cooperative Dialogue: Holcim,” p. 104

Week IV     9/15 & 9/17 Human Resources I: Employment & Safety*

    Introduction to Chapter 3, pp. 107-110 (only)
    Werhane and Radin, “Employment and Due Process,” pp. 113-120
    Epstein, “In Defense of Contract at Will,” pp. 121-128
    Case Study: “Off-Duty Smoking,” p. 171
    Case Study: “Fired for Drinking the Wrong Brand of Beer,” 172

    Boatright, “Occupational Health and Safety,” pp. 136-146
    Case Study: “BP Workers Ill-Trained for Dangers,” pp. 177-180

Week V     9/22 & 9/24    Human Resources II: Diversity & Sexual Harassment*

    Introduction to Chapter 4, pp. 184-193
    Beauchamp, “Affirmative Actions Goals in Hiring and Promotion,” pp. 194-201
    United States Supreme Court, Grutter v. Bollinger, pp. 249-257
    Case Study: “Promotions at Uptown Bottling and Canning Company,” p. 267

    United States Supreme Court, Meritor Savings Bank, FSB, v. Vinson, pp. 258-261
    United States Supreme Court, Teresa Harris v. Forklift Systems, pp. 262-263
    Case Study: “Freedom of Expression in the Workplace,” p. 268
    Case Study: “”Harassment” at Brademore Electric,” pp. 269

Week VI    9/29 & 10/01 Auditing *

    Introduction to Chapter 6, pp. 352-354
    Duska and Duska, “Ethics in Auditing: The Auditing Function,” p. 355-363
    Boyd, “The Structural Origins of Conflicts of Interest in the Accounting Profession,” p.
    Boatright, “Individual Responsibility in the American Corporate System: Does Sarbanes-
        Oxley Strike the Right Balance?” p. 373-386

Week VII   10/6 & 10/8    Financial Services

    Boatright, “Ethical Issues in Financial Services,” pp. 387-395.

Week VIII 10/15 Examination

    (10/13 Recess)

    Midterm Examination

Week IX    10/20 & 10/22         Marketing I*

    Introduction to Chapter 5, pp. 273-282
    Holley, “Information Disclosure and Sales,” pp. 290-296
    Case Study: “Advice for Sale: How Companies Pay TV Experts for On-Air Product
      Mentions,” pp. 331-335

    Brenkert, “Marketing and the Vulnerable,” pp. 297-306
    Case Study: “Hucksters in the Classroom,” pp. 336-338
    Case Study: “Kraft Foods Inc.: The Cost of Advertising on Children’s Waistlines,” pp.

Week X     10/27 & 10/29         Marketing II*

    Elliott, “The Drug Pushers,” pp. 307-316
    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, “Code on Interactions with
        Health-Care Professionals,” pp. 328-330
    Case Study: “Merck & Company: The Vioxx Recall,” pp. 345-349

Week XI    11/3 & 11/5     The Natural Environment I*

    Introduction to Chapter 8, pp. 512-515
    Bowie, “Money, Morality, and Motor Cars” pp. 516-522
    Case Study: “Royal Caribbean: Exotic Promises and Toxic Waters,” pp. 553-554
    Case Study: “Texaco in the Ecuadorean Amazon,” pp. 555-557

Week XII   11/10 & 11/12         The Natural Environment II*

    Arnold and Bustos, “Business, Ethics, and Global Climate Change,” pp. 523-532
    DesJardins, “Sustainability: Business’s New Environmental Obligation,” pp. 533-540
    Case Study: “Maintaining a Seat at the Table: The Shell Group,” pp. 562-564
    Case Study: “Interface Corporation and Sustainable Business,” p. 565

Week XIII 11/17 & 11/19          International Business I*

    Introduction to Chapter 9, pp. 571-576

    Bowie, “Relativism and the Moral Obligations of Multinational Corporations,” pp. 577-
    Arnold, “The Human Rights Obligations of Multinational Corporations,” pp. 583-589
    Case Study: “Foreign Assignment,” pp. 648-649
    Case Study: “Chrysler and Gao Feng: Corporate Responsibility for Religious and
     Political Freedom in China,” pp. 651-652

Week XIV 11/24              International Business II

    Maitland, “The Great Non-Debate Over International Sweatshops,” pp. 597-607
    Case Study: “Should Wal-Mart Do More?: A Case Study in Global Supply Chain
     Ethics,” pp. 653-656

    (11/26 Thanksgiving Break)

Week XV       12/1 & 12/3   International Business III*

    Arnold and Bowie, “Sweatshops and Respect for Persons,” pp. 608-623
    Hess and Dunfee, “Taking Responsibility for Bribery: The Multinational Corporation’s
     Role in Combating Corruption,” pp. 624-632
    Case Study: “adidas: Application of Standards of Engagement to Child Labor Dilemma,”
     pp. 657-660
    Case Study: “Tackling HIV/AIDS: Unilever Tea Kenya,” pp 661-662

Week XVI 12/08 TBA

    This day will most likely be utilized to catch up with already assigned material and/or to
    help prepare you for the final exam.

Finals Week

    The final (in-class) exam will be given during the officially scheduled examination
    period: 11:00am – 1:45pm, Monday, December 15. You must take the exam at this
    time barring extraordinary circumstances (e.g., a medical emergency) or a conflicting
    required UNCC or military obligation (in which case you will need a signed letter
    from a coach or commander or the like).



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