Professor John R. Allison
TTH 11:00-12:0 p.m. Unique # 03420, GSB 2.124
TTH 2:00-3:30 p.m. Unique # 03435, UTC 4.134
You must attend the section for which you are registered
Social order is essential to successful commerce.
As one of the primary means for
maintaining social order, legal principles and processes facilitate the creation and operation of
markets by providing necessary assurance to investors, sellers, buyers, employees, and others that
their reasonable commercial expectations will be realized.
While serving this positive function,
however, law simultaneously operates as the most pervasive external constraint on business
Customary ethical norms also constitute a significant factor in both the
maintenance of social order and the imposition of external constraints on business.
In educating business students about the legal, regulatory, and ethical environment of
business, we attempt to achieve at least the following objectives:
(1) To improve students’ skills in recognizing and managing legal and ethical risks in
business decision making.
(2) To enhance students’ understanding of legal processes so that they can use those
processes more effectively and efficiently in business decision making.
(3) To assist students in making more ethical decisions and designing organizations that act
(4) To further development of analytical problem-solving skills.
(5) To give students a greater appreciation for the role of law in society, both domestically
(6) To enhance students’ communication skills.
Professor's Office Hours and Contact Information:
CBA (North) 5.246; Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to
[Note that I will be out of the office on Wed. Feb. 3, and will make other arrangements
for any students who wanted to see me that day.]
Other hours upon request--if you need to see me
and have a conflict with my office hours, do not hesitate to ask; I will make myself available—just
send me an e-mail and we’ll make an appointment.
Although I welcome communication from students by any means, I strongly
encourage you to make use of e-mail to communicate with me; I check it frequently, including most
If you have questions or observations about what we are studying, or anything else, e-
mail is most efficient.
I will be using Blackboard in this class for posting assignments, announcements, and
A copy of the syllabus will be on Blackboard at the “Syllabus” link (naturally).
Each week, I will put reading assignments for the next week on the screen in the room.
also post the assignments on Blackboard under Assignments.
I will report grades on eGradebook.
use e-mail frequently to communicate with the class, and will use the e-mail address that you have
listed with UT.
If you prefer a different e-mail address than the one UT has for you, you must
change it officially with UT or you will miss important class-related messages