Discussion for Week 2

Let’s think for a moment about the terms right and wrong. Are these terms defined the same way across cultures? In my opinion, I do not think that we (U.S) have the same by-laws as other countries. This is called ethical relativism, how a theory is right or wrong by culture, country, or religion. How do the ethical theories apply to the right and wrong of activities related to white collar crime? Chapter 2 of the text, pages 43–73, covers normative ethics theories: Kantian, Utilitarian, Consequentialist, and Non-consequentialist.

Discussion for Week 3

Our natural resources are valuable for many reasons. It is important to sustain them so that we, and those who come after us, can continue to use them in the future.

Please respond to the following:

  • What is a company’s obligation to contribute to the sustainability of natural resources? What does that obligation look like? Is this obligation limited to sustaining local resources? To what degree does this obligation extend to sustaining global resources?

Discussion for Week 4

This week we are covering textbook topics found in Chapter 4, “The Nature of Capitalism,” (beginning on page 117) and Chapter 5, “Corporations,”(beginning on page 156). These chapters identify four key features of capitalism: the existence of companies, the goal of making a profit, a competitive market, and the ownership of private property.

Respond to the following:

  • How do these four features of capitalism relate to you as an individual? Do you feel that capitalism is consistently fair to both small-business owners and corporations in relation to each of the four key features? Explain your thoughts.

Discussion for Week 5

Respond to the following:

  • Product safety has become a hot topic for businesses around the world. The purpose of product safety policies and legislation is to keep consumers safe, with the expectation that product quality is balanced against business profits. How does a company factor these competing expectations and still hold the consumer responsible for safe and effective use of the product?

Discussion for Week 6

We’ve all grown up with varying degrees of “save the planet” rules, regulations, and suggestions. Natural resources have been used, abused, and depleted throughout the lifetime of civilization to the point where we are reaching out more to harness wind and solar power to help sustain future generations. As a whole, the human race is one of the biggest disrupters of ecosystems. We throw aside so much waste, from wrecked vehicles to product packaging, that we have become desensitized to the damage we are creating.

Today, many businesses have developed corporate social responsibility (CSR) plans to address environmental damage caused by civilization. Companies like Walt Disney, Lego, Google, Ben and Jerry’s, and many others are devoting money and time to making the world a better place.

Please respond to the following:

  • To what extent do you personally make purchasing choices based on a company’s social responsibility, brand, or reputation? Explain what motivates you to make these choices. Explain your opinion.

Discussion for Week 7

Discrimination in the workplace has been an ongoing battle between employees, candidates, and lawmakers historically. Chapter 8, pages 291–303, explains the processes of hiring, promotions, discipline, discharges, and wage equity.

Please answer the following questions:

  • What have you experienced in the workplace when it comes to violations of the laws and procedures discussed in Chapter 8? What recourse do employees have to rectify any abuse of the laws?

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BUS 309: Business Ethics Discussion for Week 1 • Introduce yourself to your peers by sharing something unique about your background. Hello my name is Shanita. I decided to attend Strayer University after all the failed jobs I endured during my life and decided that I want more for myself and children. I am a mother of 2 sons and what they expect from me, I expect the same in return. So, by continuing my education, it puts forward an example of discipline instilled in them. Explain how you expect this course will help you move forward in your current or future career. I expect to learn more in depth about business ethics and what to get out of it as I further my career. • This class is all about ethics. We have all encountered unethical situations in our personal and professional lives. However, unethical situations are not the same as

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