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San Francisco State University College of Business Page 1 BUS 682 - The Environment of Business Fall 2010 Instructor: Associate Professor Tom E. Thomas, Dept. of Management Phone: (415) 338-6086 Office hrs: BUS 340: Tues/Thurs 11:30am-12:30pm, Fri 1:30-2:30pm E-mail: [email protected] This course is about the political, social, legal, ethical and natural environments within which businesses operate. Over the next 15 weeks, we will examine how these environments influence and constrain the behavior of managers and business enterprises, and will in turn study the impact of the modern corporation on society, our governments, our political system, and the natural environment. In the process, you’ll learn about the historical evolution of the business-society relations in the U.S., various models of the business-society relationship, the ethical aspects of management, business-government relations, management of corporate environmental responsibilities, consumer issues, employee relations, globalization, and internal corporate governance. This will be a great opportunity for us to think about and discuss business-related current events such as the ongoing economic crisis, the Enron/Arthur Anderson debacle, regulation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, how clinical trials of new drugs are compromised by conflicts of interest, globalization, global climate change, corporate political influence and its impact on our health and pocketbooks , popular outrage over CEO compensation, employees blowing the whistle on their bosses, and other fun topics. The practical value of this course lies in its ability to prepare you to deal successfully with the social, environmental and ethical issues that you are likely to encounter in the workplace. Thus, its major goals are to help you: 1) recognize these issues and the risks that accompany them 2) develop the background needed to place them in historical or social context 3) practice researching the information needed to make good decisions 4) use analytical methods to help decide the best course of action 5) hone rhetorical skills that can persuade others to adopt your perspective 6) decide how/when to resist pressure to violate your personal/professional moral codes 7) understand how conflicts of interest and other ethical hazards can be reduced by altering the structure and incentives of corporations and other organizations. As with any business meeting, your full preparation, attention, and participation is required. This means that missing classes, not coming to class prepared to discuss the readings, disruptive behavior, using Wi-Fi to surf the internet or access e-mail, wearing earbuds or headphones, or not actively participating in the discussions can substantially affect your grade for the course . Note carefully: Use of laptops, iPads, mobile phones, MP3 players will not be allowed in class, even for the purpose of taking notes (Points will be subtracted for each violation after the first warning). Textbook and reading assignments
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course BUS 682 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.

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