Paper_2_Exam - NBA 671 Fall 2007 PAPER 2 Date due Thursday...

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NBA 671 Fall 2007 PAPER 2 Date due: Thursday, November 15, at class time. Length: Approximately 3 pages, double-spaced, normal margins Topic: Select a case involving a controversial business practice and a variety of stakeholders with divergent interests. You can choose a case contained in the articles in the Appendix to the Course Reader (excluding the one you wrote on in Paper 1), or you can find some other case that fits the description here. (If you use either reading 58 or 59, you’ll want to read both of them.) For other cases, page 1 of the Wall Street Journal is an especially good resource. Also, as background for the paper, read the brief essay, “What Do I Owe?” (below). Then, in your paper, please address the following questions: 1. What exactly is the controversial practice, and who is pursuing it? 2. What are the aims of the practice, and how effective is it in achieving those aims? 3. Who are main stakeholders, and how are their interests affected by the practice (in terms of the consequent benefits, costs, and/or risks)? 4. Given the various norms that may apply to the situation (see “What Do I Owe?”), what does the decision-maker responsible for the practice owe the different stakeholders? (That is, what are the decision-maker’s respective stakeholder obligations?) 5. Where stakeholder obligations come into conflict in this case, what sorts of factors should the decision-maker consider in deciding which obligation should prevail? (Usually, the question here is whether it is ethical to continue the practice—or whether, on moral grounds, it should be stopped or at least modified.) Note: I have not asked you to state what you think the decision-maker should do in resolving the dilemma. However, if you want, you can offer your opinion as to whether or not the practice is ethically acceptable (all things considered). WHAT DO I OWE? If I borrow $20 from you, then I owe you $20. If I recruit you for a lab experiment, I owe you an explanation of the risks. If you are an investor in my business, I owe you an accurate accounting of its finances. These and countless other examples we could cite illustrate the mundane fact that everyone has many different obligations to other people. (To owe someone something is to be obligated to give that person what he or she is owed.) Some of these obligations are ones we place on ourselves, such as when we make promises or enter into contracts or join formal organizations. Others are ones we don’t
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choose, such as the obligation to take care of one’s elderly parents or to refrain from destroying other people’s property. In general, what our obligations are depends on the roles we occupy (in groups and
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