BUAD 840 University of Delaware Ethical Issues in Business Exam Questions

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The requirements in the file "Final Exam ...". Plz select 3 questions to answer among 10 questions in this file. For each answer, it requires 500-700 words.

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BUAD 840 Spring 2020 Final exam (take home essays) Due Thursday May 21, 2020 at 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. Submission instructions: You should submit your exam through the class CANVAS site (udel.edu/canvas; log in with your usual university computer login). Upload your final exam as a single file in MS Word or .pdf format. DO NOT upload a separate document for each question. IMPORTANT: Put your name on the first line of the document. (I will be downloading and possibly printing the exams for off-line reading, so I need to see your name on the first page or in a header that appears on every page.) International students who use an English name in addition to your home country name: please put both names on your exam (examples: Yimeng (Mary) Zhao; Heinrich (Henry) Schmidt; Lajos (Lou) Szalay). Remember to click any necessary links to actually upload your exam. Include the following statement at the start or end of your exam, and type your name into it in the space provided (entering your name in the statement will be considered equivalent to signing it): "I, [___NAME___], affirm that I have neither given, used, received, or witnessed unauthorized or inappropriate assistance in completing this assignment. I have completed this work honestly and according to the instructor's and university's guidelines. If I have used or referred to any ideas or words of others (such as articles, other printed materials, online internet sources, etc.), I have indicated such and given proper credit to the original sources. [___NAME___]" IMPORTANT--Regarding Plagiarism and Plagiarism Checking: Your exam essays should reflect your own understanding, and not be something that you “cut and paste” or paraphrase from other sources. In particularly, acts of plagiarism are unfair to students who do not plagiarize, because it diminishes the value of their work and accomplishment when others receive similar grades for less thoughtful (but plagiarized) work. It is permissible, and can be appropriate, to quote or use small portions of written materials by others (such as a class reading assignment), but all such uses should be appropriately referenced (i.e., cited in some intelligible way). If you are not sure about what is, and is not, plagiarism, there are multiple guidelines and examples available online (and two are linked in the course syllabus). I normally investigate anything in exams that looks like potential plagiarism. I also may analyze any or all exams with one or another computerized plagiarism detection services that compare submissions with millions of online and offline information sources in multiple languages. If you are quoting or using an idea from one of the class readings, you may simply include the reference in the text, as follows: Corporate social responsibility problems often involve negative externalities (Doane, “Myth of CSR”). If you are referencing a point made in class lecture or discussion, you may simply write something like this: Cognitive schemas often direct individuals’ attention away from ethical problems (class, Module 4). EXAM QUESTIONS--Answer any three (3) of the following eight questions. Each of your three answers should be typed, double-spaced, and range from 500 to 750 words long. Your answers should be clearly written, with minimal grammar and spelling problems. You also should aim to provide well organized, logical reasoning in support of your claims and conclusions (rather than simply asserting a claim). Your answers should rely on evidence and examples from class and from the readings for class, where appropriate or where specifically requested by the question. Students in the Financial Services Analytics Ph.D. program must answer question 1, and must focus that answer on the financial services industry. Your essays should be your own work, not group work. In addition, they should show that you have thought about and analyzed the material on your own, and not by “cutting and pasting” or otherwise borrowing the work of others. Exams are due electronically via CANVAS at 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday May 21, 2020. Select 3 from among these questions (Financial Services Analytics Ph.D. students must answer #1): 1. 2. Identify three ethical or social/CSR issues facing an industry with which you are familiar. Using what you have learned in class about managing internal organizational ethics and corruption issues, and about the nature of social/CSR issues, evaluate how well or poorly that industry handles those three issues, and make a recommendation for what it should do about the issues in the future. Students in the financial services analytics PhD program must answer this question, and write about the financial services industry. In our first several class meetings we looked at a variety of pressures, influences, and decision problems that would lead to good or bad behavior in a business organization. Many of these were summarized on a handout I gave 3. 4. 5. 6. you, titled “Factors influencing ethical behavior….” (posted in Module 0). Pick any five influences on ethical behavior mentioned in that handout or in any of the reading and viewing assignments, and show, with examples, how they might have been at work (positively or negatively) in any of these class discussion cases: Burt’s Bees, IKEA, AES-Telasi, Axel Springer, AltaGas. You may use one case to illustrate each of the 5 pressures, influences or decision problems, or you may use a different case for each of the pressures, influences or decision problems you write about. The article on corruption by Anand, Ashforth and Joshi (“Business as usual….) states that once corrupt behavior is established in an organization, it is very hard to eliminate. Instead of focusing on individual organizations like those authors do, explain why corruption can be hard to eliminate in some industries or business environments (for example, in a particular country). Illustrate your answer by making reference to at least three of the cases or articles that we have discussed in class. Then explain in detail one way for a business to overcome the difficulties you mention in your answer. The external environment of a business includes many things: institutions (for example: governments and systems of laws, organized religions, even organized criminal syndicates), cultural beliefs and practices (for example, beliefs about choice and fate, or different relationship patterns among older and younger people); social dynamics (for example, networks of support among different groups, or power differentials among different organizations or groups), and political distinctives (for example, the balance of power between national and local government, or different stances toward the regulation of business). The external institutional, cultural, social and political context of a business also can generate multiple challenges and opportunities for a business. Pick one of the following companies, and explain how the external institutional, cultural, social, and/;or political context created problems or opportunities for it: AES Telasi, Siemens, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, CitiMortgage, Infosys, Siemens. That is, explain how factors outside the company created ethical or social problems or opportunities for the company , and how and why the company responded to those external factors. You should focus your analysis on just one of the companies or industries mentioned earlier in this question. The articles on corporate social responsibility by Falck and Heblich (“Corporate social responsibility: doing well by doing good”) and Doane (“The myth of CSR…”) discuss various issues, tensions and questions that face efforts to engage in corporate social responsibility (or corporate citizenship). Identify and explain any three (3) of the issues addressed those articles. For each issue you identify and explain, show how the issue can be seen in any one of the following cases: IKEA, Burt’s Bees, Axel Springer, AltaGas. (You may discuss all three issues in the context of one case, or you may use a different case for each issue you select.) The Boeing Company has been in trouble recently because of problems with its recently introduced 737 MAX aircraft that appear to have led to two fatal crashes. Use what you have read or heard in news media about the 737 MAX 7. 8. 9. 10. situation, and what you learned in this class about how ethical failures can occur in organizations, and write a plausible analysis of what might have gone wrong at Boeing with regard to the 737 MAX. “Blowing the whistle” on company wrongdoing can be a very difficult task for an employee, with serious risk to emotional well-being and employment stability. Explain and defend the conditions in which you think an employee does, or does not, have a clear and strong obligation to blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Illustrate your position with reference to people such as Cynthia Cooper at Worldcom, Sherry Hunt at CitiMortgage, Norm Haskins at BeechNut, or other whistleblowers you know about. People engaged in unethical business behavior, like Chris and Alison Weston, often rationalize it, or morally disengage from it. That is, they come up with justifications for why normal moral obligations or rules do not apply to them in their particular situation. As a result, they can act unethically without feeling guilty about it. Take an instance of unethical behavior that we have not discussed in class (and that has not been discussed in students’ class presentations), and explain how the person(s) involved rationalized, or morally disengaged from, the unethical behavior. (If you use a personal experience from work, please disguise the company and individuals involved.) As we saw with the Axel Springer case, some businesses are attentive to emerging issues of potential importance, even if they seem far off. The Texas supermarket chain H-E-B began planning for a possible pandemic in 2005, and started taking action regarding the novel coronavirus by the second week of January, 2020. Read this interview with H-E-B managers and employees, from Texas Monthly magazine: https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/hebprepared-coronavirus-pandemic/ Then explain what H-E-B did right, and analyze what it might have done better. Then explain why you think this organization was able to be so far “ahead of the curve” with regard to novel coronavirus, when many other organizations were taken by surprise and unprepared. The package of case readings from Harvard included one short case--The Man in the Mirror--that we did not have time to incorporate with the revised COVID-19 course schedule. Some of you may have purchased that case. If so, here’s a question based on that short case: In the “Man in the Mirror” case, the main character, Sebastian (Ian Foxley in real life) suspects that there is a large amount of corruption occuring at his employeor, MidCo, in Sumaria (in real life, GPT services, a subsidiary of EADS/Airbus, in Saudi Arabia). At the end of the case, Sebastian is wondering what he should do regarding his suspicions about MidCo. What do you think he should do, and why do you think that? In your answer, be sure to consider (a) his options, (b) the resources or supports available to him, (c) the different ways he could think about or rationalize one or another choice, and then (d) explain what you think he should do, why he should do it, and the likely outcome(s).
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Hi , here is the assignment. It took a bit longer than expected because I tried to read as much of the material in order to provide correct and complete answers to the essay questions, In the directions the format is not very specific so I left all three answers on one page but I could separate them if you need me to. Make sure to add your name in the heading as it is stated in the instructions.Please review and let me know if you need me to make any changes.

Question #7 Blowing the Whistle
Employees have the responsibility of working within an organization by putting their
best foot forward, this includes noting any unethical conduct by coworkers. Blowing the
whistle can be a very difficult task for an employee for several reasons. There can be
consequences such as disturbing the work environment, harming relationships with
coworkers, being blacklisted within the company, and even being laid off or fired. These
consequences make an individual think twice about "blowing the whistle" on unethical
conduct. Each individual has to decide on whether to report ethical misconduct based on
their judgment. There are situations in which an employee does and does not have a
strong obligation to blow the whistle on wrongdoing.
There are situations in which an employee has an obligation of reporting unethical
behavior. While there are many examples, in general, any situation in which a person's
conduct can cause harm to another person or group of individuals is a clear sign that there
needs to be a report. Another example would be if the conduct were illegal or fraudulent,
these types of misconduct which are clearly against the law and which could result in
legal battles must also be reported. There are also cases in which an employee must
determine whether or not to blow the whistle. In cases where the wrongful acts being
committed do not cause any direct harm to a person and the individual who wants to
report would face direct repercussions then there is not a clear obligation t...

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