Applied Business Ethics A Skills-Based Approach

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-10
  • 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 ˘Unique Human Dignity.÷
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
˘Best Case Scenario Ads.÷
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
˘Don't Be a Hero÷ Policies
Layoffs in Good Economic Times
Sexual Harassment Policies and Workplace Dating
The Family and Medical Leave Act and ˘Fake Illnesses.÷
Firing Workers Responsible for a ˘Big Problem.÷
Firing Employees who are Part of a Chain that Leads to a ˘Big Problem.÷
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 ˘Love Contracts.÷
Background Checks and Social Networking Websites
Job Applicants and Credit Reports
Employee Compensation
Overview: The Ever-growing Gap Between Pay for Executives and ˘Line Workers.÷
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
˘Green÷ Buildings
Corporate Donations to Support Environmental Initiatives
˘Perfectly Good Items÷: 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 ˘Bad÷ Things to Boost Profits
Store Cards, Search Engines, and Customer Data
˘Least Profitable Customers.÷
International Ethics
Overview: The Global Economy
Overseas Working Conditions
Outsourcing Jobs and ˘In-sourcing÷ Jobs
Subsistence Wages
Fair Trade Programs
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bribes
Enron And ˘The Last Big Mess.÷
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 ˘Latest Big Mess.÷
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
˘Outsourcing Yourself.÷
The Making Home Affordable Program
˘Strategic Defaults÷ and Foreclosures
Government Actions and Corporate Influence
Overview: Branch
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