Exercises

---Business Ethics with a Managerial Emphasis

Questions: In each of the cases below, describe what you would do when faced with the situations presented as well as the possible consequences of your decisions. What are the potential risks and benefits to yourself, your company and any other parties that may be affected by your choices?

The Case of Nutritional Foods by Kirk O. Hanson, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

The Case of the Sole Remaining Supplier by Thomas Shanks, S.J., Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

Time to Go Home By Miriam Schulman, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

Questions: After reading this article as background information, discuss what you think is ethical with regard to the number of hours companies ask their salaried employees to work each week. As a reminder about current labor laws, companies are not required to pay salaried workers for overtime when they work in excess of 40 hours/week. As an extra challenge, try answering the question: If you had to decide as a manager on the actual number of hours you would be comfortable asking your subordinates to work, what would be your answer? Are there any factors that might increase or decrease those hours? If so, by how much?

Religious Diversity Dilemma by KPMG Peat Marwick. In this hypothetical workplace dilemma, the religious practices of two employees creates a scheduling conflict with an upcoming trade show.

Question: This page asks you to answer several questions about how you would manage employees when their religious commitments conflict with the work commitments. You will then receive an online analysis of your responses.

 

---Business Ethics with a Non-Managerial Emphasis

Mini-cases from Lockheed-Martin Corporation Take an ethics "quiz" covering twenty situations you might face on the job.
 

---Government Regulation of Cyberspace

The issue of government regulation of the Internet continues to be a controversial subject. Protecting minors from "indecent material" while still preserving the right to free speech is representative of the complex issues being debated. On June 26,1997, the Supreme Court struck down the online censorship provisions of the Communications Decency Act (summary of ruling, full text of ruling), but the debate continues and new censorship laws are regularly proposed by members of the U.S. Congress. Here are viewpoints for and against the Communications Decency Act:

For: Speak Freely, Act Responsibly
Against: ACLU Hails Victory in Internet Censorship Challenge

Questions: Do you think that the Internet should be censored in some form by the government? If so, how you would determine what should be censored and how would censorship be implemented and enforced? If not, why do you think no censorship is needed?

 

 


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