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The questions in the text are meant to guide class discussion, not homework. This supplement is intended to help clarify what might be included in a written answer. Answers should be typed, double-spaced. Please submit them via email. Read the chapter first ­ the case is intended to generate ideas about the reading. Then do READ THE CASE, and read each question carefully. And if you think it is a lot of work answering these, imagine reading them all multiple times, creating this addendum, and then reading all of the results!

Session 1

Chapter 1, pp. 26-27, Frank Garcia and Acme Corp. Sales practices. 1. What are the potential ethical issues faced by the Acme Corporation? · Identify each of the issues ­ there are several. · Describe them briefly ­ something more than just naming them. 2. What should Acme do if there is a desire to make ethics a part of its core organizational values? · What steps should they take? · Discuss each briefly ­ don't just list them. 3. Identify the ethical issues of which Frank needs be aware. · Which issues affect Frank directly, where he should make a decision? 4. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision that Frank could make. · Give Frank some advice on each decision. · Include both sides of the discussion. Chapter 3, pp. 86-87, Joseph Freberg, Alcon / Sales and stock broker wife. 1. What are Joseph's ethical problems? · Identify each of the problems ­ there is more than one. 2. Assume that you are Joseph and discuss your options. · For each one above ­ and more than one option each, thank you. 3. What other information do you feel you need before making your decision? · Think a bit creatively here ­ if this were you, what would you try to learn? 4. Discuss in which business areas the ethical problems lie. · Cite the problems above, and give each a category from the chapter headings, see p. 56 for a summary listing. · It says "discuss" ­ why does this one fit this category? It calls for something more than a list.

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Session 2

Chapter 2, pp. 52-53, Kent, Broadway Corp., marketing video games. 1. What are the ethical and legal issues? · Identify each of the issues ­ there are several. · Describe them briefly ­ something more than just naming them. 2. What are Kent's options? · Options means there are several things he might do for each issue. At least two! · What kinds of things can he do? · What would be the possible outcome for each? 3. Discuss the acceptability and commercial use of sex, violence, and gambling in the United States. · Discuss means a few words around each topic: sex, violence and gambling, in the US market. Examples would be nice. · There are no right and wrong answers here ­ what's your perception? 4. Are marketing sex, violence, and gambling acceptable in other countries if they fit their culture? · This is something more than "yes" or "no". What do you know about other cultures and this kind of marketing? · Does the local culture change what a US company can offer there? · Are there any negatives that would override this cultural acceptance? · Are these legal issues? Ethical ones? Any examples?

Chapter 6, pp. 170-171, Elaine UBC and ethical issues with loans. 1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision that Elaine has made. · Discuss means more than a simple list, and each decision means all of them. · What are they? What might she do for each? 2. What are the ethical and legal considerations facing Elaine, Dennis, and UBC? · Identify each of the considerations ­ there are several. · Indicate whether they are ethical or legal. 3. Discuss the moral philosophies that may be relevant to this situation. 4. Discuss the implications of each decision that Elaine could make.

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Session 3

Chapter 5, pp. 141-143, Peter, HR manager for Zyedego ­ fair and equitable treatment. 1. What are the ethical and legal risks associated with the decision about hiring truck drivers at Zyedego? · Identify each of the issues ­ there are several. · Which are legal or ethical? 2. What should Peter recommend to Gwyn about Dana's case? · There are several different things going on here. What are they? 3. Do you think Peter is too emotionally attached to the Martin case to make an objective decision? · This answer should have some explanation of his involvement to this point and your judgment. · You don't need to discuss all of the insurance issues ­ it would be a book.

Chapter 7, pp. 201-202 Gerard and CPA / Investment Advisers. 1. Identify any ethical and legal issues of which Gerard needs to be aware. · Identify each of the issues ­ there are several. · Indicate whether they are ethical or legal. · Describe them briefly ­ something more than just naming them. 2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision Gerard has made and could make. · Discuss EACH one. What are the decisions? · How to deal with the decision that his CPAs become investment counselors? · His staff, boss and customers are all involved here. · How to deal with the auditors pushing funds for others where they are information based on their audits? 3. Discuss the issue of accounting firms going into the financial services market. · "Discuss" means a couple of sentences about the pros and cons. · How does it impact the staff of those firms, their customers, their competition? Other stakeholders?

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Session 4

Chapter 4, pp. 116-118 Albert Chen, stock trading, email messages. 1. Identify the ethical and legal issues of which Albert needs to be aware. · A list with a brief description of each would work here. 2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision that Albert could make and has made. · Note ­ decisions he has made, and could make. Anything wrong with the past ones? What could he do from here on out? · It says DISCUSS, and pros and cons for each. 3. Identify the pressures that have brought about these issues. · What are they, and how did they contribute to this? Chapter 8, pp. 228-229, Jim, paper plant in upstate NY and water pollution. 1. Identify the ethical and legal issues of which Jim needs to be aware. · There are both legal and ethical things going on. 2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each decision Jim could make. · Give us a couple of alternatives that Jim might take. · Describe the potential outcome of each with respect to him and other stakeholders. 3. Identify the pressures that have brought about the ethical and legal issues. · A brief description of each is enough. 4. What is Jim's power structure and leadership position at the plant? · Describe this a bit, based on the organizational relationship reading from last week. Chapter 9, pp. 257-259 The Board of Soumey Corp. and Jerry's dilemma. 1. What areas of its ethics audit should Soumey change? · List them. · Tell us why they should change. 2. Does Jerry have a legal duty to report any of the items that he has heard to an outside authority? · What are the things he has heard? · Why would he have to report them, if he does? 3. Discuss the makeup of Soumey's board of directors. Is it ethical? · What kinds of issues exist in the makeup of the board? · Discuss each of them briefly. 4. Is Jerry liable for the problems associated with Soumey over the last three years? Explain why or why not. · The answer has to be more than yes or no!

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Session 5

Chapter 10, pp. 289-290 Cornco, and corn contaminated with aflatoxin. 1. Discuss the corporate ethical issue of providing questionable products to other markets. · "Discuss" means a couple of sentences. · Consider the ramifications of such a decision ­ on the country affected, and on the company. 2. Discuss the suggestions submitted in the suggestion box in light of the decision George must make. Should the suggestions have an influence? · Discuss the suggestions: use it, process it and ship to Mexico, it's wrong. What do they imply in terms of the employees? In terms of the public nature of this decision? · Should employee suggestions have any influence? Given that they are on both sides, yet why would one want to pay attention to them? 3. Identify the pressures that have caused the ethical and legal issues in this scenario to arise. · Identify the pressures, and give us a few words about each ­ not just a list.

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