Business Ethics, Class 6

Corporate Culture and the Role it plays in Ethics

Part 1:
Research Google, Starbucks, and Cummins

  • What’s their Corporate Culture?
  • How Does CC affect their ethics?

The Company:

  • Create a Corporate Culture
  • Decide how to implement the CC
  • Tie CC to ethics

Business Ethics, Class 5

Research Company CEO’s

  • Christopher Begley of Hospira Inc.
  • Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Tyco

What makes them good or bad ethical leaders?

  • What is their leadership style
  • What are their leadership habits?

The Company’s CEO

  • Find and recruit a CEO for The Company.
  • What makes him/her good or bad ethical leaders?
  • What is their leadership style?
  • What are their leadership habits?

Business Ethics, Class 4

The In Class Activity should take the entire class time. Here is the plan:

List shared values of the company.
Create a plan of action to deal with the Feeding Team and any future issues.
Write a letter of apology to the stakeholders.
Create a PR campaign to deal with the fall out.

Business Ethics, Class 2

Each week the students will do intensive study of a facit of ethics. The students will then come to class, take a short quiz (usually in the form of a mind map), review the information, and use the bulk of their time solving the ethical issues that arise in The Company. Each class meets once a week for 4 hours. There is an online discussion component each week. The online component will utilize Babson College’s Giving Voice to Values curriculum. Through the discussion board the students will learn how to have a voice. Through the class, the students will learn how to put their newly found voice into action.

Here is the main activity for Class 2:

Develop the story more.

  • What type of company is it?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Why do we care?

Work through the Monsanto and PETCO case studies.

  • What did Monsanto do wrong?
  • What did PETCO do right?

Develop a plan to address stakeholder dissatisfaction for The Company

Business Ethics, Class 1

Sample (what I think I am going to do the first day) Day 1

The Story:

You have recently been hired as an Ethics Officer at a large publicly held corporation. You have joined the Ethics Team to help a troubled company work through ethical issues. The Virginia corporation had the number 1 sales position 3 years running in its industry. Last year several ethical debacles occurred and as a direct result the company has lost a substantial part of its market share. Your job is to evaluate the companies ethics policy, work through the company’s past debacles, prevent and deal with current debacles, and improve the company’s ethics program.

Business Law Day 3

(note: links will not work. This is a sample from my Moodle course)

Tort Law

  • Ultimate goal for this class-Explain Torts Law through:

    • Learning about Negligence, Strict Liability, and Intentional Torts.
    • Understanding the elements of each cause of action (assault, battery…) this is done by bringing flashcards, highlighting the elements in the book, sticky noting the book where the causes of actions are.
    • Be able to apply the elements in a given case/ situation.
  • Pre-Class Activites:

  • Task #11 Legal Disaster Strikes

  • Your Company figures out how to rent an office building and moves in. You are in the building for 3 months when a new deliveryman comes to your office. He has several boxes to deliver, but tells you the elevator is not working. You think, “That’s odd. I just came up it this morning.” You tell him he could use the staircase, but you don’t know where it is because you have never used it. The deliveryman proceeds to carry each box up the staircase. He drops off the first box and says, “Boy, that stairwell is awfully dark. I hope I don’t hurt myself.” You nod and think little of it. A few minutes later you hear screaming and someone runs in yelling, “Call 911, someone just fell down 5 flights of stairs!”

    Later that week you find out that the delivery man was seriously injured in the the stairwell and is suing you, your company, and the landlord for negligently maintaining the stairwell.

  • Read about Strict Liability, Intentional Torts, and Negligence in your book (LBS pages 257-293) and Watch the following videos.

  • In-Class Activities:

  • Task #12: Working through the IRAT and GRAT

    Take the IRAT on your own. Then, work together to take the GRAT

  • Work as a team to answer all the GRAT questions. Use the discussion board to discuss answers before you mark them.

  • Hidden from students:

    Task #13: Smoking

Business Law Day 2

(note: links don’t work. This is a sample from my Moodle Course)

Business Corporation

  • Pre-Class Activites:

  • Complete Task #6 and then reply to the discussion issues posed.

  • In-Class Activities:

  • Task #7: Legal Disaster Strikes

  • The corporation has filed its Articles of Incorporation with the appropriate office. You are awaiting confirmation from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) about whether everything was done correctly. An officer of the corporation (the COO), has found an office building to lease at a rock bottom price. The COO does not consult the Board or any other Officers and goes ahead and signs the lease on behalf of the Corporation. He also writes a check off his personal account for the first month’s rent.  Later, the other members learn that the building is infested with rats and mold and cannot be used for their intended purpose- as the corporate headquarters. Can the company get out of the lease? Did the COO bind the corporation by signing the lease agreement? What personal liability does the COO have? Is it his fault?  How can the company get out of this?

    To figure out this problem watch and read the following resources along with any other resources you find:

    Read: LBS  pages 354-370 AND watch the following videos

Task #8 Assessment

Transforming an Entire Department- The Problems

Problem #1

The Arts and Science’s Department is staffed almost entirely with adjunct professors. Many are fully committed to their courses, but are stretched with other teaching commitments.

Problem #2

I am teaching 5 courses this term. This means I do not have the time commitment to follow through on training the adjuncts in team learning approaches, so I am guessing many have fallen back into their old habits.

Problem #3

I encouraged each adjunct to explore a different team learning technique- team based learning collaborative, service learning, game-based, problem- based…