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					BUS 416   Business, Government and Society Ethical Decision Making




   BUS416 Business, Government and Society Ethical Decision Making


Day and Dates of Course:                         Wednesdays, March 21, 2007 – April 18, 2007 (Session III)
Class Site:                                      Southpointe Center
Class Times:                                     Class will begin promptly at 6:00pm and end at 10:00pm.
Required Text(s):                                Boatright, J.R., Ethics and the Conduct of Business, 5th
                                                 Edition, Upper Saddle, River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2007.

College Mission Statement: Waynesburg College provides opportunities, through
scholarship in the liberal arts and professional development programs, for lives of
leadership and service. The Judeo-Christian principles on which the College was
founded continue to guide the institution. Waynesburg College seeks to instill respect for
this heritage and to provide an academic foundation for lifelong learning and
compassionate contributions to others. Directed by its Christian values, the College
pledges to provide the means and the inspiration by which students can pursue lives of
purpose.

Course Description: This course will consider the role of ethics in business. Theories of
business ethics will be introduced and examined through analysis of case studies, group
discussion (large and small groups), text readings, lecture, and other methods appropriate
for learning. The course will also consider ethical arguments about specific issues that
arise in business operations. Such issues include whistleblowing, discrimination,
affirmative action, unjust dismissal, women and family issues, product safety, corporate
social responsibility and ethics in international business.

Course Objectives:
1. Rise awareness of the need for on-going integration of the moral point of view with
   other points of view (economic and legal) into business decision making.
2. Gain a basic understanding of approaches that can be taken to resolve ethical issues.
3. Understand the ethical theories of utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, rights, virtue ethics,
   and justice.
4. Improve individual and group skills in identifying and analyzing ethical issues
   managers face in the context or situation in which they arise.
5. Foster an understanding of the ethical responsibilities assumed in becoming a
   business manager.
6. Gain an understanding that, in ethical decision-making, an individual can make a
   difference.

Facilitator: Sheree K. Fetcho, BS, MBA

Contact Information: Email (preferred method of communication):
                    sfetcho@waynesburg.edu
                     Fax (Southpointe): 724-743-4425
                     Southpointe (emergencies or messages): 1-888-481-6029



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Facilitator Bio: Although our first class meeting will involve personal introductions, I
would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my education background and
professional experience. I received a MBA from Waynesburg College and a BS in
Accounting from California University of PA. My employment background includes
auditing and positions held in higher education at the private and state university levels,
as Director of Financial Aid at Waynesburg College and Financial Aid Coordinator at
California University of PA. During my experiences in higher education and business, I
have found that making the “right” decision can be very difficult, given the many parties
involved. I hope to use my experiences as topics of our discussions (as well as your
experiences) as we study the difficulty in making ethical management decisions.

                                                              Course Policies

Attendance Policy:
Due to the highly accelerated pace of this course, regular attendance is critical for success
in this class. The final course grade will be adjusted as follows for class meetings
missed, regardless of reason for absence:
                 5% for one class meeting missed
                 10% for two class meetings missed
                 More than two class meetings missed will result in failure of course

Students are responsible for obtaining all materials missed and also are responsible
for submitting any assignments by the posted due date via email or fax. Late
assignments will be dropped one letter grade. Class participation and team activity
points will be lost upon absence of a class. In the event of an emergency or illness,
contact the facilitator or the Southpointe Campus immediately.

Alternate assignment for a class meeting missed:
In the event of an absence, the Facilitator can distribute an alternate assignment in order
for the student to complete the learning objectives for the class meeting. If a student
completes this assignment successfully, then no reduction (5% as mentioned above for
one absence) in final grade will occur. However, class participation and team activity
points will still be lost upon absence of a class.

Policy for Make-up Work: The facilitator reserves the right to assign make-up work,
under extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Procedures and Additional Information:
    Breaks will be given during every class at a designated time.
    Please turn all Cell phones off or silenced (if you are on-call for your place of
       employment).
    Students can make or receive calls during the designated break times.
    Grades/feedback for each assignment will be provided to the students on an
       individual basis via email notification from facilitator.
    Consultations with the facilitator can be arranged by appointment.



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Notes regarding assignments and workload:
This course will meet once a week for four (4) hours at a time. The highly accelerated
pace requires students to take a great deal of responsibility for their own outcomes. While
in class, students are expected to actively participate in discussion and group activities.
Outside of class, students should expect to do a minimum of ten (10) hours per week of
study, homework assignments, and/or group assignments/projects.

                                                       Course Requirements

Case Studies and Written Assignments:
All written assignments and case studies must contain a header or cover page that
includes name, course number, and the title of assignment. The following information
will be included in the grading criteria:
                 Must be typed, double spaced (except for in-class group assignments)
                 12pt font (Times New Roman or Arial fonts)
                 Written clearly and concisely
                 Correct Spelling and grammar
                 Must Answer all questions/topics as assigned
                 Include your own opinions, analysis, and research of case study
                 Must contain application of key concepts and theories from text and
                   class discussions
                 APA format for references
                 Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be handled severely
                   (automatic failure of class)

Weekly Reading Assignments:
The agenda included in this syllabus indicates what chapters you will be expected to read
each week. You must come to class prepared to discuss the assigned topics and case
studies.
                                   Grading Criteria
          ASSIGNMENTS                                       POSSIBLE POINTS   % of Final Grade
Due Week 1: Case 1.2 responses                                       35             12%
Due Week 2: Three page analysis                                      55             18%
of Professional Code of Ethics
Due Week 3: Three page                                               55             18%
summary of article on an ethical
situation and 4-6 minute
presentation
Due Week 4: Take Home Exam                                           40             14%
Due Week 5: Group Project and                                        85             28%
Presentation
Class participation and team                                                        10%
                                                                     30


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activities (6 pts each week)

          TOTAL Points for Course:                                      300   100%

            Grading Scale:
                %                             Grade
                93%                           A
                90%-92%                       A-
                87%-89%                       B+
                84%-86%                       B
                81%-83%                       B-
                78%-80%                       C+
                75%-77%                       C
                72%-74%                       C-
                69%-71%                       D+
                66%-68%                       D
                63%-65%                       D-
                62%                           F
                                              Incomplete


         * ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO WEEK 1 *
1. Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
2. Prepare a one to two page response for each mini case situation contained in Case 1.2
   “The Ethics of Hardball” on pages 12 and 13. Your typed responses will answer the
   following questions and should be supported by theories and terminology referred to
   in the chapters:
              Toys “R” Us:
               Should there be a law prohibiting this practice? Why may a law be
                   inadequate to address this kind of competitive behavior?
               Should the law be a sole guide in deciding whether actions such as this
                   should be done? What else should the managers of Toys ”R” Us
                   consider in their decision to employ this practice?
               Did Child World get what it deserved? That is, did its own conduct
                   invite this kind of retaliation by competing so aggressively on price?
              Home Depot:
               Was Home Depot’s behavior an act of good ethics or simply shrewd
                   business? Imagine how an executive would argue in a meeting for the
                   actions that the company took. What objections might other
                   executives raise?
               Would it make any difference in this case whether a decision maker
                   takes a short-term or long-term view?
               Does Home Depot (or any other business) have a responsibility to help
                   the citizens hurt by the hurricane? Whose responsibility is hurricane
                   relief?



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                      Scoring Tool/Points for week 1 assignment:
                      Grading Criteria: 5 pts for each response
                      Grammar/Spelling/Organization: 5 pts
                      Total possible points: 35 pts

3. Read and be prepared to discuss the following cases. Be prepared to discuss the cases
   from a posture where you are the central figure with the ethical issues facing you.
                1.1 Johnson & Johnson: The Tylenol Crisis
                2.2 Exporting Pollution
                3.1 Big Brother at Procter and Gamble
4. Obtain a corporate or professional code of ethics, which will be used for Week 2’s
   assignment.
5. Complete the Student Information Sheet at the end of this module and bring to class
   to turn in.

                                         WEEK 1
ACTIVITIES
1. Introduction of facilitator and students.
                Turn in Student Information Sheet
                Ice breaker/team activity
2. Review course module:
                Objectives and outcomes of the course
                Review classroom procedures and expectations
                Assignments and requirements for successful completion of the course
                Grading criteria
4. Discussion and analysis of ethical theories (Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rights and
   Virtue, Justice and the Market System)
                Critique of case studies/group discussions
                Assignment due: Case 1.2 “The Ethics of Hardball”


         * ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO WEEK 2 *
1. Read Chapters 4, 5, and pp.389-398 (Ch.13, Corporate Ethics/Ethics Programs)
2. Obtain and bring to class a corporate or professional code of ethics. Write and turn in
   to the facilitator a three page summary of how the following issues are addressed
   (note the scoring/point structure in bold):
                 Care of stakeholders (5pts)
                 Confidentiality (5pts)
                 Avoiding the appearance of conflict of interest (5pts)
                 Respect for the rights of others (5pts)
                 Negotiating in good faith (5pts)
                 Procedures for contesting possible code violations (5pts)
                 Punishments for code violations (5pts)
                 The usefulness of the ethical code (5pts)
                 Its strengths and weaknesses (5pts)
                 What you would add, change or delete in respect to the code (5pts)



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                 Grammar/Spelling/Organization (5pts)
                 Attach a copy of the code used for the analysis along with your paper
                 Be prepared to discuss your findings in class
3. Read and be prepared to discuss the following cases based on ethical theories and
    principles contained in the text:
                       4.1 Time’s Persons of the Year
                       4.2 A Whistle-Blower Accepts a “Deal”
                       5.2 The Conflict of an Insurance Broker


                                                                     WEEK 2
ACTITIVIES
1. Team Activity
2. Return assignments from last week.
3. Discussion, analysis and critique of the various codes of ethics that students have
   examined.
4. Discussion and analysis of varying viewpoints of Whistleblowing, Trade Secrets,
   Conflicts of Interest and Corporate Ethics Programs
               Critique of case studies/group discussions
5. Handouts for discussion

            * ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO WEEK 3 *
1. Read Chapters 6, 9 and 12.
2. Obtain and bring to class an article from a newspaper, magazine, the Internet or
   address an actual ethical situation that you are familiar with from your work
   experience. Prepare a three-page summary of the situation and a 4 – 6 minute
   presentation of the issue to the class. The paper and article will be provided to the
   facilitator prior to your presentation.
   The paper should include (note the scoring/point structure in bold):
                      
                  The facts of the ethical issue (5pts)
                      
                  The action taken (5pts)
                      
                  Your critique of the action (5pts)
                      
                  Whether you agreed or disagreed with said action and why (5pts)
                      
                  Present your recommended course of action (5pts)
                      
                  The ethical theory/principle(s) used as the basis for your judgment
                  (5pts)
                Grammar/Spelling/Organization (5pts)
                Time limit (5pts)
                Use of visual aids (ppt slides preferred) (5 pts)
                Delivery/Quality (10pts)
3. Read and be prepared to discuss the following cases based on ethical theories and
   principles contained in the text:
                6.2 Three Challenges to Employer Privacy
                6.3 Ford Meter Box


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                       9.1 The Firing of Robert Greeley


                                                                     WEEK 3

ACTIVITIES
1. Return Code of Ethics summaries from last week.
2. Student presentations of ethical situation articles and turn in written summaries.
3. Discussion and analysis of Privacy in the Workplace, Unjust Dismissal, and Ethics in
   Finance
                Critique of case studies/group discussions
4. Distribute take-home Exam (40 points) on Chapters 1 through 6, 9 and 12.
                Must be turned in on Week 4 (no late exams will be accepted)
5. Introduce the group project, due Week 5, that will consist of a written report and an
   oral presentation. The class will be divided into teams and each team will be assigned
   one of the following cases:

                      Case 13.2                                Bath Iron Works            Page 388
                      Case 13.3                                Sears Auto Center          Page 398
                      Case 14.2                                H. B. Fuller in Honduras   Page 432
                      Case 14.3                                Shell Oil in Nigeria       Page 434

     The scenario is that you are a team of employees working for the organization with
     the ethical issue. You have discovered the issue and want the organization to do the
     right thing. Therefore, you have arranged to present your findings and strong
     recommendations(s) for actions to preserve the organization’s good name to the
     organization’s Board of Directors (the rest of the class). Your presentation, in which
     all team members will participate and will use visual aids, should be approximately
     20 – 25 minutes in length and will parallel one written paper of 6 – 8 pages which
     will be presented to the facilitator prior to the presentation. The paper and
     presentation must include (note the scoring/point structure in bold):
               Presenting the facts of the case (5pts)
               Identifying the ethical issues (5pts)
               Developing two (2) possible alternatives for resolving the issue(s) (10pts)
               Defining the stakeholders for each alternative, addressing their interests and
                expected preferred resolutions (note: Remember that stakeholders are
                different than stockholders. If you are not sure of the definitions, research to
                find out differences.) (5pts)
               Evaluating the ethics of each alternative using ethical analysis and theories
                (5pts)
               Identifying practical constraints of each alternative (5pts)
               Choosing from the alternatives and identifying your recommendation for a
                resolution (5pts)
               Explaining the ethical theory/principle used to support your recommendation
                (5pts)



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           Cases 13.2 and 13.3 will address the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility.
            Is it a responsibility or not? Why? (10pts)
           Cases 14.2 and 14.3 deal with Ethics in International Business and will
            discuss “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” or “When in Rome or
            anywhere else in the world, do as you would at home”. (10pts)
           Grammar/Spelling/Organization (5pts)
           Time limit (5pts)
           Use of visual aids (ppt slides preferred) (5pts)
           Delivery/quality (10pts)
           Self and Team Assessment (5pts)


        * ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO WEEK 4 *
1. Complete take-home Exam on Chapters 1 through 6, 9 and 12.
2. Read Chapters 7, 8, 10, and 11.
3. Read and be prepared to discuss the following cases based on ethical theories and
   principles contained in the text:
                7.2 The Alaskan Salmon Company
                10.3 The Ford-Firestone Brawl
                11.3 Johnson Controls, Inc.

                                                                     WEEK 4

ACTIVITIES
1. Team Activity
2. Turn in take-home Exam on Chapters 1 through 6, 9 and 12.
3. Return ethical article summaries from last week.
4. Discussion and analysis of ethical issues in Discrimination, Affirmative Action,
   Women and Family Issues, Marketing, Advertising and Product Safety and
   Occupational Health and Safety
                Critique of case studies/group discussions
5. Opportunity in class to work on group project. Can discuss issues/questions with
   instructor.


        * ASSIGNMENTS TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO WEEK 5 *
1. Read Chapters 13 and 14. Also read other groups’ case studies, so that you are
   familiar with the cases that will be presented.
2. Continue preparation of the group project that consists of a written paper and an oral
   presentation.

                                                                     WEEK 5

ACTIVITIES
1. Course Evaluations



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2. Discussion and analysis of ethical issues relating to Social Corporate Responsibility
   and International Business decisions
3. Your group written paper of 6 – 8 pages will be presented to the facilitator prior to the
   presentation.
4. Team Presentations
                Question and answer period
5. Review the course objectives listed on the syllabus.
6. Final class comments about the course.




 Thank you for your cooperation and attention during this course. I hope you have
     learned and enhanced your management skills by taking this course and
          participating in our activities. Good luck in your next course!




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                                           BUS 416 Business, Government and Society
                                           Southpointe Center, Spring ’07, Session III
                                                  Student Information Sheet
                                                       Due Date: Week 1

 Name ________________________________________________________

 Email Address __________________________ Home Phone Number ____________________

 Employed by: ___________________________ Work Phone Number ____________________

 Job Title _______________________________ Tenure in current position _______________

 Job Responsibilities____________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________



 Why did you enroll in Waynesburg’s AACE Program? ________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________



 What do you hope to learn by taking this course/why did you take this course (other than it being
 a requirement)?
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________




                                                     Thank you for your cooperation!




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