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Applied Business Ethics A Skills-Based Approach

ISBN-10: 0538453982
ISBN-13: 9780538453981
Edition: 2012
Authors: Dean Bredeson
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Book details

List price: $299.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cengage South-Western
Publication date: 2/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.40" wide x 10.80" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.190
Language: English

More than a general ethics text, APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS: A SKILLS-BASED APPROACH applies practical ethical situations to real-world business settings and decisions. The text's thought-provoking scenarios read like a Hollywood screenplay, with up-to-the-minute issues that encourage active debate among peers. Written by an award-winning business ethics instructor, APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS has been field-tested by students and faculty across the U.S. The result is an exciting text that makes business ethics interesting and fun for everyone.

Currently in his fifteenth year on the faculty of the University of Texas, Professor Bredeson specializes in business ethics, business law, and discrimination law and has received several rare teaching awards including the Lockheed Martin Excellence Award for three years running. He is also among the youngest recipients of the Board of Regents Teaching Award and was UT's nominee for the Carnegie Foundation's United States Professor of the Year Award in 2010. Professor Bredeson recently published the STUDENT GUIDE TO THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT with Robert Prentice and is the co-author of BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT with Jeffrey Beatty and Susan Samuelson. He earned his undergraduate degree from the McCombs School of Business and J.D. from the School of Law at the University of Texas.

Introduction
Overview: What is an Ethical Dilemma?
Basic Concepts
Overview: How do People Respond to Ethical Dilemmas?
Outcome-Based Decisions: Egoism and Utility
Scope of Utility: Selecting Relevant Groups
Kant and �Unique Human Dignity.�
Kant's Duty Ethics
Purpose of The Corporation
Overview: History of Incorporation Law from Ford v. Dodge Era to Present
Stakeholder Ethics
Milton Friedman and Shareholder Ethics
Stakeholder Focus: Employees
Stakeholder Focus: Plant Closing
Stakeholder Focus: Communities
Stakeholder Focus: Customers and Dangerous Products
Selling, Marketing, and Advertising
Overview: Fraud and the 1st Amendment
�Best Case Scenario Ads.�
Quickly Flashed Fine Print
Exaggerated Environmental Friendliness
Celebrity Endorsements: What if the Celebrity Does Not Use the Product?
Marketing Unhealthy Food to Children
Children and Violent Video Games
Using Sex to Sell: Digitally Enhanced Images
Ethical Selling: Labeling Sleight-of-Hand
Marketing in the Public Schools
Continuing to Market Products Found to be Dangerous
Office Ethics: Treatment of Employees
Overview: The Employment-at-Will Doctrine
Discrimination Against Obese Workers
�Don't Be a Hero� Policies
Layoffs in Good Economic Times
Sexual Harassment Policies and Workplace Dating
The Family and Medical Leave Act and �Fake Illnesses.�
Firing Workers Responsible for a �Big Problem.�
Firing Employees who are Part of a Chain that Leads to a �Big Problem.�
Employee Behavior Away from the Office
Workplace Diversity
Non-Compete Agreements and Arbitration Clauses
Layoffs and Health Care
Workplace Privacy
Overview: Privacy: Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and Current Issues
Monitoring Software
Email Surveillance
Drug Testing and Polygraph Testing
Workplace Dating, Sexual Harassment, and �Love Contracts.�
Background Checks and Social Networking Websites
Job Applicants and Credit Reports
Employee Compensation
Overview: The Ever-growing Gap Between Pay for Executives and �Line Workers.�
CEO Compensation
Taxes and Salaries: Egalitarian and Libertarian Policies
Rawls' Veil of Ignorance and Fair Compensation Systems
Environmental Ethics
Overview: History of Environmentalism from the Creation of the EPA to Present
Dumping
Cap and Trade and Pollution Credits
Cars: Hybrids, Plug-ins, Hydrogen and Break-Even Costs
Wind and Solar Power
�Green� Buildings
Corporate Donations to Support Environmental Initiatives
�Perfectly Good Items�: Wasteful Business Practices
Special Obligations to Customers
Overview: Retaining Market Share, Lawsuits, and Legislation
Customer Deception: Who's to Blame?
Credit Cards and Payday Loans
�Microinsurance.�
Using �Bad� Things to Boost Profits
Store Cards, Search Engines, and Customer Data
�Least Profitable Customers.�
International Ethics
Overview: The Global Economy
Overseas Working Conditions
Outsourcing Jobs and �In-sourcing� Jobs
Subsistence Wages
Fair Trade Programs
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bribes
Enron And �The Last Big Mess.�
Overview: Sarbanes-Oxley, Audits, and Accounting Reform
Intentional Misrepresentations
Investors who are Given Faulty Information
Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Disaster
CFOs Pressuring Auditors
The Great Recession and The �Latest Big Mess.�
Overview: Root Causes of the Current Recession and a Comparison to the Depression
Mortgage-Backed Securities and Root Causes of the Great Recession
The Mortgage Meltdown: Big Investors
�Outsourcing Yourself.�
The Making Home Affordable Program
�Strategic Defaults� and Foreclosures
Government Actions and Corporate Influence
Overview: Branch

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