Business Ethics : Myth or Reality?
2/3 Day seminar
General Discussion on : What is ethics ? Does ethics exist in
business ? What is meant by an "ethical issue" ?
The basis of business is to make profit : Carr’s theory "Poker
game analogy" and Friedman’s theory : manager as an agent
responsible to shareholders and employees
Debate : Is the company a moral agent ?
video on an ethical issue – discussion (Cloning)
Ethical theories : Utilitarianism, de-ontology, NORM theory
discussion of the various ethical theories applied in business
: why is business ethics important today ?
Ethics & Environment – video
examples : (case study) Bhopal, Total – discussion (analysis
of various ethical theories applied to examples) – discussion
Ethics & Finance – corruption, bribery (doing business globally)
"massaging the numbers" to meet sales objectives (Heinz
case study) – discussion
Ethics & Advertising "Truth"
obligations to tell the truth ?
Ethics & Internet
child protection, piracy, intellectual property, privacy
Corporate codes of Ethics – The use of codes of ethics pros and
cons – debate
Two areas could be modified :
1) the subjects themselves as ethics covers so much territory
(child labor, Aids, privacy in the workplace, corporate surveillance
of staff, etc)
2) exercises could be changed depending on the group to
writing about a subject and presenting it to the group, also
discussions could be in some cases developed as debates in which
there are two groups defending different positions