J11 MGT 401 - Ethics

J11 MGT 401 - Ethics - MGT 401 Business Ethics and Social...

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1 MGT 401 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Prof. Salzman
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2 Ethics – What are they? Standards/expectations for behavior Generally accepted rules that govern society Unwritten rules – a higher standard Beyond law and legal rights What do you mean when you say someone is: - ethical? - unethical?
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3 Ethics vs. Legality Not everything that is unethical is illegal (and not everything that is illegal is unethical).
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4 Personal Ethics - 1 You accidentally bump into the car behind you as you are backing out of a parking space at the Walden Galleria mall. When you get out to inspect, you see that your car is not damaged, but that the other car has some very minor damage - a small indentation and a little chipped paint (aka a “ding”) – as a result of your bumping it. Would you pull away as if nothing happened? Is your answer different if the other car’s damage is more extensive? Is your answer different if your own car was damaged? Is your answer different if you know that someone saw what happened or that it may have been recorded by video camera? Is your answer different if it (whether a ding or more extensive damage) happened in the UB Jacobs B parking lot? Think about the underlying motivation for each decision.
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5 Personal Ethics - 2 You are employed as a buyer for a clothing retailer. Your company has a policy that requires you to decline all gifts worth more than $50 which are offered by any clothing manufacturer, and to report all such gifts worth $50 or less. The sales representative of a clothing manufacturer (from which your company does not currently purchase merchandise) offers you an all expense paid trip to the Super Bowl (or a World Series game, Stanley Cup finals game, or to some other event that you would very much like to attend). Would you accept the trip and say nothing about it at the office? Would you ask your immediate boss if you can accept the gift despite the policy? Is your answer different if the offer is made by a sales representative of a clothing manufacturer from which your company does buy merchandise? Is your answer different if the sales representative is an acquaintance, close friend or relative? Is your answer different if you were recently passed over for a raise and have been looking for (or have recently been offered) a new job with a different employer? Think about the underlying motivation for each decision.
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6 Personal Ethics - 3 Your roommate has discovered how to hack into the system and add dining dollars to UB IDs. Your roommate has added hundreds of dollars to his or her own UB ID as well as to the IDs of several friends. Your roommate asks whether you would like him or her to add dining dollars to your UB ID. Would you accept your roommate’s offer?
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course MGT 401 taught by Professor Dalton during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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J11 MGT 401 - Ethics - MGT 401 Business Ethics and Social...

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