Q_04__10.25.07__ProblemSet - NBA 671 Fall 2007 CLASS...

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NBA 671 Fall 2007 CLASS QUESTIONS (4) October 25 THE NATURE OF BUSINESS Carr, “Is Business Bluffing Ethical?” 1. What is Carr’s basic contention regarding ethics in business? 2. Is “bluffing” an appropriate description of all the examples Carr cites? (Refer to particular examples.) 3. Carr’s defense of assorted types of legal deception in business depends on his analogy between poker and business. How strong an argument from analogy is depends on how similar (or analogous) the things being compared are to each other. In this case, what are the relevant similarities—and dissimilarities —between business and poker? On balance, how strong is his analogy argument? Does it adequately support (justify) Carr’s conclusion about “business bluffing”? 4. Comment on the following assertions in Carr’s article: Most executives from time to time are almost compelled, in the interests of their companies or themselves, to practice some form of deception when negotiating with customers, dealers, labor unions, government
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