Planned Obsolescense - 1 Define the concept of planned...

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1) Define the concept of planned obsolescence. Is this strategy ethically unsound? Why or why not? 2) Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is known for having used predatory, anti-competitive tactics to lead Microsoft to industry domination. Gates allegedly gave wholehearted support to unfair practices that drove competitors to bankruptcy and booted prices for consumers, culminating in a high profile government lawsuit against Microsoft. But Bill Gates also created the multibillion-dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an unprecedented force for more opportunity and less suffering around the world. Use the Internet to resarch 1) the role of Bill Gates in the Microsoft anti-trust lawsuit, and 2) the role of Bill Gates in launching his foundation. Does your research suggest that Bill Gates is an ethical leader? Why or why not? 1. The term planned obsolescence means the strategy of deliberately designing products to fail in order to shorten the time between purchases.

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