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BCOR 3010 syllabus.Spring 08 (Friedland)

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University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business Business Applications of Social Responsibility BCOR 3010, Section 5, M/W/F 2:00- 2:50pm Koelbel Hall, Room 330 Spring 2008 Instructor: Dr. Julian Friedland Office Hours: Koelbel 411, Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:30 and by appt. Email: [email protected] COURSE OVERVIEW : This course focuses on different conceptions of the role of business in society and the role that personal values play in determining business conduct from a multidisciplinary perspective. More specifically, the course aims to have students appreciate the values inherent in the free market system and its alternatives, the modern debate over the meaning of “corporate social responsibility,” the differences between a principled and a pragmatic approach to defining a business’ role in society, and obligations of business to specific groups of stakeholders from a legal, economic, and moral standpoint. Critical issues such as sustainability and the impact of globalization on the role of modern business also are featured in this course. The extensive readings for this course are drawn from a wide variety of business disciplines in addition to fields such as: economics, history, philosophy, political science, law, and psychology. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to uncover their own values and refine them to better think about taking personal responsibility for the character and culture of the organizations for which they will work. To achieve these ends, this is a highly participative class built around eleven formal student presentations of challenging and timely cases involving business conduct, spanning the functional areas of business. All students are required to participate in two of these presentations as the designated or the shadow presenters. In addition, other timely cases, news articles, and videos are used to generate class discussions. Finally, students are expected to be able to articulate their values and positions not only in the oral presentations but in written form. READINGS : The readings for this course consist of the following: 1. David Vogel, The Market for Virtue (Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2005). 2. Susan E. Squires, Cynthia J. Smith, Lorna McDougall, and William R. Yeack. Inside Arthur Andersen: Shifting Values , Unexpected Consequences . (Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Prentice-Hall, 2003 ). 3. A Custom Readings Book prepared for this course by Pearson-Prentice Hall. 4. A Custom Case Book prepared for this course, printed by the Tichenor Publications of the Wall Street Journal. 1
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5. The Wall Street Journal These materials are available from the bookstore in a discounted bundle. The Wall Street Journal subscription is free and the redemption card for the Journal is included on the first page of the case book.
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