Applied Business Ethics A Skills-Based Approach

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/10/2011
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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More than a general ethics text, APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS: A SKILLS-BASED APPROACH applies practical ethical situations to real-world business settings and decisions. The text's thought-provoking scenarios read like a Hollywood screenplay, with up-to-the-minute issues that encourage active debate among peers. Written by an award-winning business ethics instructor, APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS has been field-tested by students and faculty across the U.S. The result is an exciting text that makes business ethics interesting and fun for everyone.

Table of Contents

Overview: What is an Ethical Dilemma?
Basic Concepts
Overview: How do People Respond to Ethical Dilemmas?
Outcome-Based Decisions: Egoism and Utility
Scope of Utility: Selecting Relevant Groups
Kant and ôUnique Human Dignity.ö
Kant's Duty Ethics
Purpose of The Corporation
Overview: History of Incorporation Law from Ford v. Dodge Era to Present
Stakeholder Ethics
Milton Friedman and Shareholder Ethics
Stakeholder Focus: Employees
Stakeholder Focus: Plant Closing
Stakeholder Focus: Communities
Stakeholder Focus: Customers and Dangerous Products
Selling, Marketing, and Advertising
Overview: Fraud and the 1st Amendment
ôBest Case Scenario Ads.ö
Quickly Flashed Fine Print
Exaggerated Environmental Friendliness
Celebrity Endorsements: What if the Celebrity Does Not Use the Product?
Marketing Unhealthy Food to Children
Children and Violent Video Games
Using Sex to Sell: Digitally Enhanced Images
Ethical Selling: Labeling Sleight-of-Hand
Marketing in the Public Schools
Continuing to Market Products Found to be Dangerous
Office Ethics: Treatment of Employees
Overview: The Employment-at-Will Doctrine
Discrimination Against Obese Workers
ôDon't Be a Heroö Policies
Layoffs in Good Economic Times
Sexual Harassment Policies and Workplace Dating
The Family and Medical Leave Act and ôFake Illnesses.ö
Firing Workers Responsible for a ôBig Problem.ö
Firing Employees who are Part of a Chain that Leads to a ôBig Problem.ö
Employee Behavior Away from the Office
Workplace Diversity
Non-Compete Agreements and Arbitration Clauses
Layoffs and Health Care
Workplace Privacy
Overview: Privacy: Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and Current Issues
Monitoring Software
Email Surveillance
Drug Testing and Polygraph Testing
Workplace Dating, Sexual Harassment, and ôLove Contracts.ö
Background Checks and Social Networking Websites
Job Applicants and Credit Reports
Employee Compensation
Overview: The Ever-growing Gap Between Pay for Executives and ôLine Workers.ö
CEO Compensation
Taxes and Salaries: Egalitarian and Libertarian Policies
Rawls' Veil of Ignorance and Fair Compensation Systems
Environmental Ethics
Overview: History of Environmentalism from the Creation of the EPA to Present
Cap and Trade and Pollution Credits
Cars: Hybrids, Plug-ins, Hydrogen and Break-Even Costs
Wind and Solar Power
ôGreenö Buildings
Corporate Donations to Support Environmental Initiatives
ôPerfectly Good Itemsö: Wasteful Business Practices
Special Obligations to Customers
Overview: Retaining Market Share, Lawsuits, and Legislation
Customer Deception: Who's to Blame?
Credit Cards and Payday Loans
Using ôBadö Things to Boost Profits
Store Cards, Search Engines, and Customer Data
ôLeast Profitable Customers.ö
International Ethics
Overview: The Global Economy
Overseas Working Conditions
Outsourcing Jobs and ôIn-sourcingö Jobs
Subsistence Wages
Fair Trade Programs
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bribes
Enron And ôThe Last Big Mess.ö
Overview: Sarbanes-Oxley, Audits, and Accounting Reform
Intentional Misrepresentations
Investors who are Given Faulty Information
Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Disaster
CFOs Pressuring Auditors
The Great Recession and The ôLatest Big Mess.ö
Overview: Root Causes of the Current Recession and a Comparison to the Depression
Mortgage-Backed Securities and Root Causes of the Great Recession
The Mortgage Meltdown: Big Investors
ôOutsourcing Yourself.ö
The Making Home Affordable Program
ôStrategic Defaultsö and Foreclosures
Government Actions and Corporate Influence
Overview: Branch
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