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Social Responsibility:
Legal and Ethical Responsibility of Business

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Class Schedule:


20 May 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Introduction to the Legal System: Jurisdiction, Venue, Court System, Attorney-Client Privilege, Trial Process and Alternative Dispute Resolution
*Business and the Constitution: Federalism, Separation of Powers, Supermacy Clause, Commerce Clause, Amendments, Police Power, and Due Process

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 4-5

Graf
21 May 2005

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*Business Torts and Product Liability: Classification of Torts, Theories of Negligence, Tort Reform, Theories of Recovery in Product Liability, Strict Liability in Tort, Enterprise Liability, Warranties and Disclaimers

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 12-13

Graf
03 June 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Contracts, Sales, E-Commerce: Classes of Contracts, Elements of Contract, Uniform Commercial Code, E-Commerce (Selected Topics)

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 10, 7
E-Commerce Materials

Graf
04 June

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*Contracts II, Agency, and International Law: Remedies, Discharge, Sources of International Law, Act of State Doctrine, Expropriations, Creation of Agency, Duties of Agents and Principals

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 11, 15, 3

Graf
17 June 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Business Organizations: Partnerships, LLCs, Corporations, Corporate Opportunities, Business Judgment Rule

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 16

*Securities Law: 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts, Fraud, Insider Trading, Registration, Proxy Solicitation

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapter 22

Graf
18 June 2005

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*Employment Law: "At Will," Drug Testing, OSHA, Civil Rights Act, Sexual Harassment, Age Discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Labor/Management

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 18 and 20

*Anti-Trust: Sherman, Clayton and FTC Acts -- Restraints of Trade

The Legal Environment of Business, Chapter 23

TAKE HOME EXAMINATION DISTRIBUTED

Graf
01 July 2005 TAKE HOME EXAMINATION DUE
29 July 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Social Contract Theory
*The 'Nature' of the Corporate Enterprise
The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good, Chapters 1-2

- 'Culture Wars Hit Corporate America' (May 23 2005 Business Week magazine cover story)
- 'Is Wal-Mart Too Powerful?' (October 06 2003 Business Week magazine cover story)
- Friedman, Milton. `The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits'
- Dunn, Craig P. 'Are Corporations Inherently Wicked?'
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.

COMMONS GAME

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
30 July 2005

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*Corporate Social Performance
*Critiques of Market Systems
The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good, Chapter 3
The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part A

- `The Capitalist Threat'
- Carroll, Archie B. 'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility'
- `Grapes of Wrath' (Chapter 5)

- For pinkmonkey.com overview of Grapes of Wrath, click here
- Doing Business with General Dynamics Network Systems

Anatomy of a Hostile Takeover (The Annenberg/CPB Project Ethics in America Series)
Information on key players in the video:
T. Boone Pickens
Sir James Goldsmith
Warren Buffet
Timothy E. Wirth
Frederick H. Joseph
Harrison J. Goldin
Arthur Liman
Lewis Kaden
Joseph H. Flom
Lester Thurow
James Bere (Borg Warner)
Robert E. Mercer (Goodyear Tire)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
12 August 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Opening Case:

JOHNSON CONTROLS CASE

*Ethical Theory

The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good, Chapter 9
Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk About How to Do It Right, Section II

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique' (PDF file)
- Stodghill, Ron. `Adam Smith to the ER'
- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- Dunn, Craig P. `The Normative Defense for Affirmative Action'

Ethics Updates (provides updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics)
Complete Guide to Ethics Management

BLUEBIRD SMELTER CASE

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

EMBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

GROUP CASE PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE

CONTRACTS DUE

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
13 August 2005

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*The Practice of Ethics within Organizations
The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good, Chapter 7
Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk About How to Do It Right, Sections III & IV

Merck (Business Enterprise Trust video)
Merck Mission Statement (you can also access information on Merck's Code of Conduct, Compliance Program, Corporate Responsibility, and Corporate Governance)

Read a synopsis of the book 'Aiming Higher.'
The President's remarks during the 1994 Business Enterprise Trust Award Ceremony can be accessed by clicking here.

DEADLY DECEPTION (INFACT video)

Josephson Institute on Ethical Decision-Making
Johnson & Johnson Credo
VERIZON Code of Business Conduct: Connecting Through Integrity
How Companies Can Avoid Federal Prosecution

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
26 August 2005

8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

*Application: Case Presentations
Clement, Mackey, Rothwell, Winters
Mercury and Tuna: U.S. Advice Leaves Lots of Questions
Brinsfield, Golden, Holland, Houston, Wetter
Drug Testing Goes Offshore
Morris, Saucier, Sutherland, Tully
Can an HMO Be Sued For Medical Malpractice Based on Its Coverage Decisions?

*The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part B

For a great 'read' on social justice and meaningful work: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

- What Comes Next?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
27 August 2005

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

*Application: Case Presentations
Grogan, Mellos, MacLellan, Terry-Lloyd, Pietanza
Lawsuit Challenging Eminent Domain Abuse in New London, Connecticut
Alspach, Nelson, Hopkins, Mandadi, Ross, Biggs
The dark story behind ‘Wonka;’ child labor and the cocoa industry

*The Meaning of Work

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapters 8 & 9

- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management' (full text)
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management' (excerpts on meaningful work)
- Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Donna Murray, Roberta Victor, Nora Watson)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Dunn
10 September 2005 TERM PAPERS DUE

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