Research Papers on Business Ethics

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  • Wal-Mart Ethics

    This 4 page paper is a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying notes looking at ethics and Wal-Mart. The slides outline the ethical issues Wal-Mart face, the key players and different approaches that may be adopted. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

  • Ethical Evaluation Plan

    A 5 page paper containing text and speaker notes content of a PowerPoint presentation on designing and assessing an organization's process for addressing ethical issues. The plan addresses process, code of ethics and corporate culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Case Study on Toxic Waste Exporting and Ethics

    This 5 page paper discusses a case study supplied by the student. A company executive is proposing to build a new chemical plant in a Third World country knowing that the gases released cause a persistent haze and also can cause liver cancer in a very small number of people and mostly when they are elderly. The executive uses utilitarian philosophy to justify the proposal. This paper addresses specific questions related to the case. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Antismoking Advertising Campaign Verification

    A 6 page research paper that addresses the fact that claims are frequently made in advertising that have not been proven with empirical evidence. Relative to this, the writer examines an ad that has been featured in national anti-smoking campaigns relative to its efficacy and proposes a research study that could verify whether or not the ad is true. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Personal Ethics and Cultural Values Research Study Proposal

    This 6 page paper examines personal ethics and cultural values in the context of a case provided by a student. A research proposal is included. Several theories are discussed including bureaucracy. Ethics are examined in a general sense and African American culture is explored. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Shakedown (Case Study Analysis)

    This 5 page paper evaluates a Harvard Business Review case study. The case involves ethics and government corruption in Ukraine. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethical Case Study; Is It Ethical for an Employee to Use Work Time for a Personal Projects?

    This 9 page paper discusses the ethics concerning an IT professional who has used the slack time at work to write a program for personal use. The program is to identify undervalued stocks on the stock market so that the employee can purchase them. The employee has made personal gains. The paper looks at the situation from a range of ethical perspectives including consequentialism, deontological theories and principilism to determine whether the employee has acted ethically or unethically. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Ethics in Negotiation (Case Study Analysis)

    This 4 page paper involves a case study submitted by a student. Union involvement is a significant aspect of this paper. Bibliography lists 5 soruces.

  • Case Study; Freedom of Speech and Satire Criticizing a Company

    This 3 page paper looks at a case study, where a disgruntled employee sets up a satire of the company on the internet. The employee believes he is using his first amendment right for free speech. The writer considers the position of the company and how they should react, looking at both legal and ethical considerations. The bibliography cites 4 sources.


    This 7-page paper examines the ethics and stakeholders behind Therac-25, a device used to treat cancer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Tyco Case Study

    A 4 page paper. Using a case study, Tyco International: A Case of Corporate Malfeasance, provided by the student, the writer responds to three questions/issues: how to account for Kozlowski's behavior, how to account for the board's failure to fulfill duties, and what new CEO Breen must do to regain public confidence as well as that of other stakeholders. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Case Study: Askinosie Chocolate

    4 pages in length. The ethical/policy principles that seem important to Shawn Askinosie are those that improve the alliance between business and social foundations, which are reflected in Askinosie chocolate by virtue of his strict mission policies. Askinosie has set his sights upon making a premium quality dark chocolate in association with his quest to sidestep the traditional format of inequitable practices that took a majority of profits from the hands of those who actually grow the beans; with brokers and other middlemen entities, farmers retain meager financial support from selling their crop. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Ethnical Culture in an Organization

    This 8 page paper looks at the role and importance of ethics in business, considering what is meant by ethics and a culture of ethics and how it may apply to an accountancy firm. The case of Arthur Andersen’s performance in the Enron case is used as a case study to look at ethics in action. The bibliography cites 9 sources.

  • Corporate Transparency - McBride Financial

    This 10 page paper responds to questions regarding transparency and governance of a case study supplied by the student. The paper begins by describing and explaining transparency, governance and the new laws and regulations that came about from a number of massive scandals. The rest of the paper discusses the notes sent back-and-forth between certain principals in the case. The writer's conclusion is that McBride is not interested in transparency. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Ethics: Defrauding the Government, Contractor Bidding

    This 5 page paper explores a contract bidding case and analyizes it under ethics considerations and a close reading of the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation). This is a general case study quoting 3 sources.

  • Marketing Tobacco Products; The Ethical Issues

    This 4 page paper considers a case study supplied by the student. The case looks at the marketing of tobacco products by US companies to developing countries and considers whether this may be as ethical taking into consideration a range of outcomes including social and economic. The paper also discusses whether it would be right to prevent tobacco companies from marketing despite selling a legal product. The bibliography cites one source.

  • Crisis Communication in the Workplace

    10 pages. This paper identifies issues related to crisis communication in the workplace. The case study is focused on a soft drink manufacturer that found several cases of tampering with its product. How the company handled this emergency and what actions were taken and not taken show us a lot about whether a company cares more about the customer or their own bottom line. Bibliography lists 8 sources.


    This 3-page paper discusses ethical behavior at Alcoa. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Malden Mills

    This is a 7 page paper that provides an overview of corporate social responsibility. The case study of Malden Mills and Aaron Feuerstein is used as an instructive example. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Workplace Dilemmas and Ethics

    This 4 page paper is based on a case study supplied by the student. Valerie faces a dilemma at work, she has found out her boss is accepting kickbacks and is behaving unethically The paper looks at the different dilemmas that are present identify the different stresses, consider the bosses approach and the influence of corporate culture. The bibliography cites 3 sources. TEvaldil.rtf

  • Workplace Sexual Harassment Court Decision Process

    A 6 page paper which examines the real-life Meritor v. Vinson sexual harassment case to cast a hypothetical deciding Supreme Court vote to determine who should win; whether harassment can occur if sex was consensual; the responsibility of employers and whether or not they should be liable for episodes for which they have not been notified; discusses if Ms. Vinson was using sex to get ahead, should her supervisor be convicted or be considered the victim; and evaluates the ethical issues from absolutist, relativist, utilitarian and rationalist viewpoints, then concludes with decision and recommended ethical perspective. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Workplace Policies on Sexual Harassment

    A 12 page paper which examines corporate sexual harassment court cases and considers workplace policy implications. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Men and Workplace Sexual Harassment

    This is a 4 page paper which discusses the issue of the sexual harassment of men in the workplace. The bibliography has 4 sources.

  • Sexual Harassment - The Real Cost to Businesses

    This is a 10 page paper that provides an overview of sexual harassment. Costs to business in the form of litigation and loss of reputation are explored. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Email Monitoring in the Workplace

    This 8 page paper examines the trouble that companies can get into through their employees' abuse of e-mail privileges. Various issues are covered including sexual harassment and the relaying of secrets. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Business Ethics Violations

    This 5 page paper explores a few examples of violations in respect to insider trading, corporate espionage and sexual harassment. Recommendations for preventing ethics violations are made. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Joseph Badaracco Jr.'s Leading Quietly

    This 6 page paper discusses the book, Leading Quietly, by Joseph Badaracco, Jr. Emphasis is on the Olsen sexual harassment case and its resoltuion. A philosophical discussion includes several alternative solutions and a debate on the one chosen by Olsen. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Overview of Ford Motor Company

    An 8 page paper. The first part of this paper offers a general overview of Ford Motor Company, including its global position and revenues, profits and number of vehicles sold in 2000. The rest of the paper focuses on employee issues and most specifically, on the sexual harassment and discrimination cases brought against the company. The settlement with EEOC is described as is subsequent charges against managers and the company. Recommendations are made regarding these issues. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Doctor - Patient Confidentiality

    A 5 page overview of provider-patient confidentiality. This paper reviews a specific case of confidentiality being breached and the court ruling in the subsequent lawsuit. The importance of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is emphasized. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Global Communication's Developmental History

    (5 pp) The history of international communication is as varied as the development of the nations themselves. The speed of development of all communications is linked to the economic progress of that nation. Where once the stories or the information seemed related to the community, then the state, and the nation, now, that same information can be transmitted with electronic speed to almost any where in the world. Yet are we all getting the same news? This discussion will examine the possibility and subsequent history that will put a different slant on the "spin" of international communications. Bibliography lists 3 sources)

  • Ethics and Human Resource Management

    6 pages in length. Because society is fundamentally based upon performance and profit, it is not unusual to find that it is necessary to impart a sense of corporate social responsibility with regard to contemporary commerce. The ethical approaches of purpose, principle and consequence are integral components of business social performance; itemizing these contributions finds one incorporating the interests of ethics and morality within the corporate structure, essential concepts that are often absent from a Human Resources standpoint. It is important for the student to realize that the very issues of corporate social responsibility should rightly exist within every company's infrastructure; however, one can readily realize that social integrity is not something that is often at the forefront of modern day Human Resource Management. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Behavior Management and Ethics

    5 pages. Controlling another's behavior through behavior management will naturally bring up some ethical issues as to when such management is appropriate and in what settings. Managing the behavior of others requires moral and ethical skills as well as management skills. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Research on Ethics and Management

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, summarizes the lessons to be learned from a research study conducted by Dane K. Peterson (2002). This paper also relates the information from Peterson's study to theory. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Early Management Theoretical Pioneers

    A 15 page paper comprised of two major topics: management theory and ethical corporate culture. The longer section explains and discusses the contributions of five specific early management theorists: Robert Owen who worked to reform factories and schooling in the early 1800s based on treating the employee fairly; Henry R. Towne, who is recently being given credit to his contributions to scientific management theory prior to Taylor's work and who established the first professional organization for engineers; Sun Tzu whose principles outlined in The Art of War have been correlated with management and organizational theory; Henry L. Gantt who made four major contributions including the Gantt Chart; and Hugo Munsterberg, who is called the father of industrial psychology. The second section discusses the importance of developing an ethical corporate culture. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Management and Ethics

    A 6 page paper discussing the ethics involved in the Ford-Firestone tire fiasco. The Ford – Firestone fiasco began in earnest during the summer of 2000, the point at which neither company could continue to ignore the mounting problems with the combination of the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires. Neither company gave inordinate attention to the problems until forced to by consumer pressure aided by one particular lawsuit. The purpose here is to examine the ethical issues involved, particularly as they apply to Firestone. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Enron's Conflict Management

    A 5 page paper discussing Enron’s approach to conflict management during its collapse fiasco. Regardless of what is found later to be at the root of all the problems that the company faces now, even the most superficial glance at the company illustrates that it does not operate under effective principles of conflict management. At the very time that the company most needs to operate as a cohesive unit, individuals at all levels are pointing fingers in all sorts of directions. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Mismanagement of Enron

    This 4 page paper discusses the specific roles that Lay and Skilling had and how they were abused. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Risk Assessment

    A paper which looks in detail at the Risk assessment and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, with particular reference to the concepts of "sufficient" and "suitable" as used in the Regulations, and the way that these have been interpreted in recent case law. Bibliography lists 25 sources

  • Human Resources Management Issues at Wal-Mart

    This 11-page paper tackles human resource issues plaguing giant retailer Wal-Mart. Topics include issues of gender equality and illegal immigration. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Wal-Mart's Illegal Immigrant Workers

    A 7 page paper discussing the ethical aspects of Wal-Mart's use of illegal immigrants. In 2003, federal agents arrested more than 300 illegal immigrant workers as they finished their shifts cleaning 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states. Wal-Mart avoided any problems of implementation by simply bringing all cleaning activities back in-house. It cannot hope to control the actions of other companies, but like its own customers, it can refuse to do business with them. Whatever savings the company gained from using contractors was more than offset by its single $11 million fine. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Overview of Ford Motor Company

    An 8 page paper. The first part of this paper offers a general overview of Ford Motor Company, including its global position and revenues, profits and number of vehicles sold in 2000. The rest of the paper focuses on employee issues and most specifically, on the sexual harassment and discrimination cases brought against the company. The settlement with EEOC is described as is subsequent charges against managers and the company. Recommendations are made regarding these issues. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Career of The Body Shop Creator Anita Roddick

    A six page paper which looks at the career of Anita Roddick and the development of The Body Shop, as an example of an entrepreneurial enterprise which has demonstrated consistent success.

  • Is Corporate Social Responsibility in the Interests of Business and Society?

    This 10 page paper looks at the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and considers whether they are always in the interests of business and society. Different approaches to corporate social responsibility are discussed from the perspective of businesses and from the perspective of society as a whole in order to assess if, when and how CSR can be beneficial. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • The Approach of Multinational Corporations to the Ethical and Social Responsibilities

    This 18 page paper considers the way in which multinational corporations may view and deal with issues concerning ethical behavior and social responsibility. The concepts are defined within a commercial environment, and then discussed with reference to real-life cases that demonstrate the way in which evidence for ethical behavior and social responsibility may emerge. The discussion includes consideration of the underlying motivations of the company’s for adopting these types of behavior. The bibliography cites 13 sources.

  • Should a Company Become a Carrier of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

    This 8 page paper discusses whether a company should formulate and implement company codes and policies as a carrier of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by looking at the benefits and the disadvantages of such a move. The paper look at the different perspective on corporate governance and argues that social responsibility and profit making are not always diametrically opposed. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Friedman and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman commented that "There is one and only one social responsibility of business to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say engages in free and open competition, without deception or fraud." This 3 page paper considers this view and discusses it in terms of corporate social responsibility and a firm's strategy. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Subjects

    This 12 page paper looks five different corporate social responsibility issues that face businesses today; climate change, sustainability, child labour, fair trade and environmental accounting. Each is discussed to look at how the issue can be defined and how it may impact in businesses. The bibliography cites 24 sources.

  • Google in China

    A 7 page paper discussing Google's choice to operate two Chinese language sites, one self-censored within China and another uncensored site outside of China. The decision allows Google to operate within China law while also serving stakeholders. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethical Case Study; Is It Ethical for an Employee to Use Work Time for a Personal Projects?

    This 9 page paper discusses the ethics concerning an IT professional who has used the slack time at work to write a program for personal use. The program is to identify undervalued stocks on the stock market so that the employee can purchase them. The employee has made personal gains. The paper looks at the situation from a range of ethical perspectives including consequentialism, deontological theories and principilism to determine whether the employee has acted ethically or unethically. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Sound Engineering and Illumination

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of this issue. Illumination and sound engineering are two seemingly different conceptual and structural areas that are often interconnected. In recent years, for example, efforts to reduce energy consumption and to create more effective illumination and sound production devices have determined major shifts in illumination and sound engineering. In assessing these, it is necessary to consider major changes that have occurred in recent years and the central principles related to these types of engineering. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Overview of Engineering Ethics

    This 12 page paper provides an overview of this issue. William LeMessurier's decision to withhold information from the public regarding the structural defects of the Citicorp building in New York City, and to later expose his knowledge about the flaws, has often been viewed as a very ethical way of dealing with a difficult situation. LeMessurier has been touted as one example of an ethical respondent in a situation that seemed to almost warrant unethical behavior. Closer examination, though, of both his choices and his actions demonstrate that LeMessurier was playing a kind of engineering "god," and that his choices threatened the life and safety of tens of thousands of people. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Ethical Issues - Globalization - Cultural Diversity

    A 17 page paper. As might be anticipated, this paper discusses a myriad of issues and topics, beginning with a brief definition of culture and globalization. The writer discusses, in detail, globalization and cultural diversity, reporting and discussing arguments that promote the premise that globalization diminishes cultures and the primes that globalization may be an advantage. The next section discusses ethical issues inherent in globalization. These focus on a respect for cultural diversity. Examples are provided. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Google, Ethics and China

    This 4 page paper looks at the challenges faced by Google when they entered the Chinese market. The paper focuses on the ethical aspects with the need to compromise the stated corporate ethics to complain with Chinese government requirements. The paper ends with a general discussion of different issues firm expanding into foreign markets may need to consider. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Business Ethics: Coca-Cola India

    This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of business ethics. The case of Coca-Cola India and the revamp of their image through ethical practice is examined. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • How to Increase the Emphasis on a Code of Ethics

    Where Codes of Ethics or Conduct Are Influential in Employee Behavior This 4 page paper considers the utilization of codes of ethics or conduct and looks at how and why employees may cases notice of these codes and considers the way in which tension to the codes may be increased. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Monitoring of Email and Internet Usage and Ethics

    A 5 page paper. The extensive use of the Internet and e-mail in the workplace has led to more employers monitoring these activities. Monitoring has been attacked on the grounds that invades privacy but there is an enormous amount of literature that demonstrates the legal foundations for such monitoring. This paper addresses this issue and concludes with a resolution that meets both legal and ethical concerns. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Sustainable Development; The Influence of the United Nations

    This 9 page paper looks at the contribution of the United Nations (UN) towards the development of the idea of ‘sustainable business practices’, evaluates the United Nations political influence and examines the different geographical and political agendas which have contributed towards the concept of sustainable development from this institution. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Work-Life Balance and its Effect on Ethical Decision Making

    A 28 page paper discussing how "workaholism" may affect individuals' ethical decision-making abilities. The paper includes a review of literature in work-life balance; a discussion of the philosophical base of ethical decision-making; and a review of how "labor saving" devices at home and work during the last half of the 20th century have resulted in less leisure time rather than more. When those individuals with poor work-life balance – whether by their own doing or through requirements of the employer – "live" the job, then they have little time to think before acting and merely react. The annotated bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Blood Diamonds

    A 3 page research paper that investigates what conflict diamonds are, and why this topic is controversial in terms of blood, death and the world's poor. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Retail Sector's Interpretation of Corporate Social Responsibility

    This 6 page paper examines how corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been interpreted by the retail sector by looking at the development and emergence of practices that are in line with CSR in the UK retail industry. The paper uses the examples of Anita Roddick's Body Shop and the supermarket chain Tesco. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • CSR and PR Public Relations: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    This is an 8 page paper discussing corporate social responsibility in public relations. Within the corporate sector, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become one of the major principles promoted within recent years in the business plan to achieve business success. Terry Slavin in his article “Canny companies come clean” reported that corporate reporting has entered into a “new generation” where “companies solicit the opinions of friends and foes – employees, suppliers, the communities in which they operate – to gain a warts-and-all picture of how they do business”. Today, it is estimated that the majority of companies now report on social and community issues and there are a growing number that also have dedicated social reports. References to CPR in companies such as Shell, The Body Shop, The Co-Operative Bank, Starbucks and Oxfam are used. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


    This 4-page paper discusses the importance of marketing as it pertains to corporate social responsibility. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Case Study: Askinosie Chocolate

    4 pages in length. The ethical/policy principles that seem important to Shawn Askinosie are those that improve the alliance between business and social foundations, which are reflected in Askinosie chocolate by virtue of his strict mission policies. Askinosie has set his sights upon making a premium quality dark chocolate in association with his quest to sidestep the traditional format of inequitable practices that took a majority of profits from the hands of those who actually grow the beans; with brokers and other middlemen entities, farmers retain meager financial support from selling their crop. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Case Study of Domino's Pizza

    6 pages in length. The writer discusses business ethics as it relates to Domino's delivery service problem and Satellite Telecommunications. No bibliography.

  • Exploring the Legality and Ethics of Drug Screening at Work

    While there is little legal support for an invasion of privacy for urine and sweat testing in the workplace, there are many reasons to believe the practice is unethical. This 5 page argumentative essay explores the facts and issues behind the issue. Bibliography list 4 sources.

  • Kant, Ethics, Drug Companies, and Drug Sales

    7 pages in length. To delve into the concepts of morality and knowledge in relation to drug companies supplying physicians with incentives to persuade them to prescribe high-cost drugs to their patients is to re-examine the wide and varying societal rules that bind one to one's cultural existence. Due in large part to Kant's (1948) enlightened writings, humanity constantly works hard to fend off inherent materialistic tendencies it harbors in exchange for acting upon the tenets of social responsibility; however, this particular situation throws humanity's efforts toward being a civilized being back by hundreds of years. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Positive Accounting Theory and Environmental Accounting

    This 5 page paper discusses the statement that positive accounting theory can explain the greening of financial accounting disclosure but that it cannot provide a framework for improving it. The paper considers the link between positive accounting theory (PAT) and how it does or does not explain the increasing disclosure of environmental reporting and whether it provides a framework for such disclosure. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Business Ethical and Environmental Issues

    A 4 page paper that responds to four specific topics. IBE tests for ethical actions with an example. Why should government ensure corporations are environmentally friendly. What is environmental sustainability and challenges for developed and developing economics. What are advantages, disadvantages and ethical issues of Online pharmacies. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Shell Oil and Environmental Sustainability

    This 24 page paper examines the approach that Shell, the well known petroleum company takes towards green or environmentalist issues and sustainability. The paper starts with a consideration of the different models that can be used when assessing environmental or sustainable practices. These are examined with examples, such as the Brent Spa oil rig disposal. The paper then considers the approach of Shell and concentrates on the behaviour of this company in Nigeria. The actions are then considered in terms of the models already identified. The bibliography cites 19 sources.

  • Contemporary Corporate Sector and Social Responsibility

    The way in which businesses undertake their operations in terms of moral or ethical behaviour will vary according the underlying values of management. This 8 page paper considers the different approaches and if the corporation should be seen as an agent of society. The different schools of thought are examined before the best approach is decided upon. The bibliography cites 9 sources.

  • Relationship of Ethics and Management Functions

    A 3 page paper that begins with a report that ethical companies are more profitable than unethical companies. The writer discusses how ethics is involved with the four functions. Enron provides the example for what went wrong ethically and what should have happened. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


    This 4-page paper discusses the concept of combining ethics and social responsibility with strategic planning. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Small Business And Entrepreneurship: Values, Ethics And Social Responsibility

    4 pages in length. To understand the broad scope of challenges that face small business owners is to realize the fundamental components associated with entrepreneurship. Indeed, the extent to which such industrialists must abide by certain standards of operation in order to be successful is both grand and far-reaching; that small business preparation and performance represent a mixture of concepts and real world issues speaks to the way in which owners incorporate various tenets that work best for their specific small businesses. However, there is one area Joyner (2002) discusses whereby all small business must comply if the owner expects it to thrive: values, ethics and social responsibility. No additional sources cited.

  • Ethics in Accounting Practice: Rules Based Accounting versus the Conceptual Framework

    This 4 page paper asks: will liberalizing the rules, while relying on a conceptual framework, result in an improved situation? Both sides of the issue are considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Business and Ethical Practices

    A 5 page paper answering 3 questions. The first discusses how an individual applies ethical principles to business practice; the second discusses ethical possible ethical practices at a community college in Georgia. The last asks whether "business ethics" is an oxymoron; the answer is a decided no. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Texas Instruments Business Code Of Conduct

    A 4 page paper that reports and discusses this company's ethics code, business code of conduct and compliance. The writer reports the three questions to determine if a decision is ethical from the Institute of Business Ethics and compares them to TI's simple test. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Article Analysis and Practical Applications of Ethics

    This 3 page paper examines an article on ethics in accountancy. The mortgage business is the focus of this paper that provides a general discussion on business ethics. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Improving Ethics In Finance And Corporate Governance

    A 5 page paper that begins with comments about how ethics emerged in the first place. The essay discusses the importance of ethics and comments on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and how this can be used to improve ethics in the company. An example of how one company changed its procedures to become more ethical is provided. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Ethics In Information Technology

    13 pages in length. Information Technology (IT) is arguably one of the most expansive and influential forms of advancement mankind has ever created; that it serves to connect, facilitate, market and educate the entire global community speaks to a human discovery of monumental value. Indeed, something so significant in a positive light must also harbor shortcomings that can be just as substantial, which is clearly the case with the ethical concerns inherent to IT. Considered the four most prevalent ethical issues in today's IT - privacy, accuracy, property and accessibility (PAPA) - they garner tremendous attention as the illustration of how imposing an otherwise beneficial human advancement can be to its own makers. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • A Dilemma of Ethics in the Workplace

    An 8 page discussion of the types of ethical dilemmas that confront employees in the workplace. Ethical discretions, such as the issue of e-mail privacy, have the potential to be tremendously deleterious to employee and workplace. This paper provides an example of a fictional systems administrator and corporation whose high ethics serve to protect e-mail privacy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Scenario on Ethics in the Workplace

    This 5 page paper examines a workplace scenario in which we are called upon to solve an ethical dilemma with regard to a co-worker. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Corporate Ethics

    This paper examines corporate ethics, their importance, and how companies attempt to make their workforces more ethical. Also included is an outline of the paper. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Current Thinking and Management Issues Regarding Corporate Governance

    This paper discusses the concept of corporate governance, particularly in the wake of the Enron Corp. collapse. The paper supports the thesis that corporate governance helps improve a corporation's value to shareholders. The paper also talks about why corporate boards are no longer accountable to the company shareholders. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Fair Trade

    A 4 page memo discussing fair trade as it relates to the international coffee industry. The concept of fair trade relative to subsistence farmers in developing countries ensures that small farmers receive sustainable prices for their goods while also encouraging sustainability in production. The memo recommends that a local coffee company commit to making a portion of its coffee sourced in fair trade. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Fast Food Culture

    This 14 page paper argues that the fast food industry has brought a fundamental change to the eating habits of people both in the United States and around the world, and that the change is not for the better. It also briefly discusses alternatives to fast food, such as the slow food movement. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Challenges and Practices for Ethical Recruitment

    This 16 page paper examines ethical considerations within the recruitment process. The paper outlines different areas where ethics may be an issue and looks at the way in which organizations can ensure that their recruitment processes are fair and ethical. Issues discussed include issues such as advertising positions, interviews, the testing of candidates and potential approaches to remuneration packages. The bibliography cites 22 sources.

  • Daycare Facilities and the Workplace

    A 6 page paper evaluating the legal, ethical and social implications of the workplace daycare facility. The workplace daycare facility carries no apparent negatives and thus quantifies as a strong positive. A possible negative could be increased cost for the business, but that increased cost likely will be offset by increased worker productivity (less worry about children); fewer days absent (children come to work when schools are closed); and reduced employee turnover. All three of these likely will save the organization far more than the daycare will cost, so the net effect of the possible negative becomes a strong positive for the organization as well. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Bullying in the Workplace

    This 4 page paper discusses workplace bullying, and constructs a fictional scenario to explore the issues surrounding it. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • German Retail Industry Case and General Application of Business Ethics

    This 16 page paper is written in three parts. The first part of the paper asks what the term business ethics means and explores this with a definition and a philosophical approach to ethics in business. The second part of the paper considers how ethics can be seen in the German Retail industry, using examples to support points raised. The last part of the paper considers whether or not the German government should intervene to enforce ethics in the German market. This section includes the comparison of the German market with two models of corporate governance. The bibliography cites 14 sources.

  • Business and Ethics

    A 4 page paper that considers the statement: "ethics has no place in business" and relates this statement to a discussion of companies and multinational operations.

  • Business Ethics and Policy

    A 10 page research paper that pretends to be a report from an ethics committee to an unspecified 'Board of Directors' relative to their intention to create a company-wide ethics code and policy. The writer covers theories in regards to business ethics, current research, and how this information can be utilized in formulating company policy. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Two Articles Compared Regarding Business Ethics

    This 7-page paper compares two articles on the subject of business ethics: "Entering the Third Age of Ethics by Rushworth Kidder and Curtis Verschoor and "Christian Character: A Different Approach to Business Ethics" by Sondra Wheeler. The paper notes that each of the papers has a different view on ethics. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Business Ethics: An Overview

    This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of business ethics. Arguments for the justification of ethical practices are given. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Examining Business Ethics

    An 8 page paper discussing awareness and use of ethics and critical thinking in arriving at ethical business decisions. As the face of all American business underwent monumental change in the 1970s and 1980s, it appears to be poised to undergo still another wave of change in the form of greater attention to corporate ethical behavior. The purpose here is to investigate the origins of ethics; whether ethical behavior can be taught; and why today’s businesses so often seem to seek positive business results only for short-term gains. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Managing Business Ethics: Tools and Techniques of Business Ethics Management

    This 10 page paper examines ethics in the business environment and how they may be determined and managed as well as the use of codes of ethics as specific tools t0 help with management and ethical guidance for companies and individuals. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Computers and Usage of Security Blankets

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  • Types of Performance Assessments

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    In thirteen pages this paper examines the issue of industrial pollution and presents evidence to support the contention that the international business community cannot ignore the effects of pollution and considers environmental and health impacts, philosophical and Christian ethics, and what the government’s role should be in ensuring that business is held accountable for the damage inflicted by the pollution it generates. Nine sources are listed in the bibliography.


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  • Business Applicability and Common Morality

    6 pages in length. The concepts of right and wrong seem so simple on the surface. Webster's defines morality as adherence to a standard of "right human conduct." Superficially, that definition would be easy for the "simple" to understand. When the focus is narrowed, however, it seems that the concept of morality grays in its boundaries. Morality is not only the black and white that the "simple" so seemingly effortlessly can see, with that clear line of demarcation between it and immorality. Focus is increasingly narrowed in our harried lives of today, but all of us are charged with keeping vigilance on the level of standard we will tolerate. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Issues Surrounding the Tobacco Trade

    A 5 page essay exploring the issues surrounding the exporting of tobacco and tobacco products. Is this a policy the United States Government should continue to support in view of its opposition to the use of tobacco within the nation? As one of the top cash products within the country and with hundreds of thousands of people dependent on the industry, the question as to the U.S. government's role in supporting its export is a complex one. The writer discusses the issues in terms of economics and ethics. No bibliography.

  • Winning People Over by Burton Kaplan

    A 7 page analysis of Kaplan's book in which the writer argues that this is a well-written blueprint for improving business relationships. In this book, Kaplan lays out a detailed and comprehensive plan that demonstrates how an individual can get control over not only their business life, but their personal and social life as well. Kaplan is a well-known business consultant, so, in essence, this book allows the ordinary citizen to access the expertise that business officials have paid thousands of dollars to obtain. No additional sources cited.

  • AFTA, EFTA, Free Trade Association Pros and Cons

    A 20 page paper on the proliferation of regional free trade associations. The writer argues that free trade in Europe can be viewed as indicative of free trade associations among the industrialized nations and that the AFTA agreement can be seen, likewise, as representative of those of undeveloped countries. The way that these interact with each other and the world banking institutes is examined. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Connection Between Public Relations and Public Option

    5 pages. Describes the relationship between public option and public relations. The theoretical and social implications are discussed. There is a distinct relationship between public option and public relations. We find that there are not only social implications but also theoretical implications that arise when considering these two items. It is becoming increasingly popular for small-scale companies to raise capital with a limited public offering. These small companies are able to offer stock to the public without the mountainous paperwork associated with the full-scale offerings of larger companies. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Business, Social and Ethical Responsibility

    This 7 page paper considers the role of social responsibility in the commercial environment. The question of what social responsibility is tackled along with the arguments for and against it. The theories of Milton Friedman and his views on the singular responsibility of profit maximisation discussed and his reasoning is found to erroneous in some assumptions. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Johnson and Johnson, Levi Strauss, and Ben and Jerry's

    This 22 page paper is about social responsibility and how these three companies exemplify this. An introduction discusses social responsibility in general. Then, each of the three companies is explored in terms of their written statements and actions taken to fulfill the company's goals towards social responsibility. Each company also faced a specific crisis, at which time, they could live by their published principles or not. They each did. Johnson & Johnson faced the fact that their Tylenol containers had been tampered with resulting in the deaths of eight people. Levi Strauss learned through a media report that one of their contractors was violating human rights with employees. Ben & Jerry's faced an incident involving the rainforest. The writer describes what they did in each case and what the outcome was. Bibliography lists 26 sources.

  • Economic Growth and Sustainable Business Strategy

    This 4 page paper looks at how economic growth can promote sustainable strategies in business. A number of scenarios and case studies are given in this concisely written paper to aid the student in the understanding of how green issues and business can be seen as coexisting with both sustainability and profitability achieved. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • United Colors of Benetton Ethic Uses of Death Row Criminals

    A 6 page paper which discusses the recent campaign of United Colors of Benetton which chose to use the slogan 'We on Death Row,' and implement the use of criminals on death row to promote their products. The paper argues that such an advertising approach is very unethical and highly offensive to the public for a variety of reasons. And, while Benetton claims they wish to make a political statement about human rights and capital punishment, such a statement could be made in other more appropriate ways. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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    8 pages in length. The moral dilemma in this particular text addresses the issue of business ethics and integrity. Is it wrong to receive special treatment when it is nothing more veiled bribery? From an outsider's point of view, Tyson Foods was attempting to cover up issues the company did not want brought into the public eye, and Espy was more than willing to accommodate their compromised position. Determining what constitutes values is the fundamental purpose of corporate social responsibility. Given the fact that all of humanity must coexist on the same planet, there has to be a modicum of consideration with regard to business values. If not, then there would be no sense of tolerance or respect for individual life. People have to abide by an ethical code as a means by which to ensure proper behavior among the world’s population. According to Tyson and Espy's behavior, however, one must question who is to determine just what this corporate ethical code will represent, and who is to say that all commerce must follow it? The writer discusses that defining ethics is to define man’s proper values and interests, a concept that must exist within the framework of all business infrastructures. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Corporate Downsizing and its Impact

    10 pages in length. Describes the effects upon the corporation as well as the people when a company chooses to downsize. A history of downsizing is included, as well as the effects felt by those employees who were not downsized but remain with the company. An interesting look at this all-too-common occurrence. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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    8 pages in length. In defining the role that ethics plays in family and marital psychotherapy, one must view the psychoanalysis program as a whole in order to determine what should and should not be expected of a counselor. Maintaining an impeccable ethical standard is of the utmost importance in the family and marital counselor's role. The problem in not maintaining a high standard of ethics lies not only in the fact a counselor might lose one's license, but the fact that unethical treatment could do irreparable damage to the client as well. For this reason this paper will consider what the three key ethical problems might be that are specific to the practice of marital and family therapy. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


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