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"Make Mine a Russian Short-Hair, and Hold The Allergies Please."

Having successfully completed the cloning of a cat, this case discusses the market for pet cloning, specifically allergen-free cats. The case looks at pet cloning from the perspectives of (1) an anima ...

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This case present the dilemma of an employee who, having been terminated in a manner he deems is unfair, has to decide whether to cash or return a $2,500 check wrongfully sent him by his former employ ...

A Framework for Improving Organizational Interventions

This technical note analyzes and explores frameworks for improving interventions in organizations. Organizations are complex ecosystems of assumptions, artifacts, and interactions. By understanding ho ...

A Midshipman's Dilemma

Although not set in a business environment, this case illustrates a common dilemma existing in almost any setting: Do you uphold an institution's honor code, although it means implicating a friend and ...

A Note on Deontology

This note explains deontology and its use in ethical reasoning. Deontology is the idea that an action is morally right if it is done out of a sense of duty. ...

A Note on Environmental Sustainability

This note presents various definitions of sustainability and outlines some of the basic issues surrounding environmental sustainability. It addresses the question of whether one can continue economic ...

A Note on Ethical Decision Making

This technical note provides a framework for the discussion of ethical issues in business and defines some of the key vocabulary and theories used in defining ethical decisions and situations. ...

A Note on Five Traditional Theories of Moral Reasoning

Business decisions, by their nature, involve ethical considerations because (1) most economic decisions are choices where the decision-maker could have done otherwise, (2) every decision or action aff ...

A Note on Insider Trading

The action of insider trading is examined in its legal perspective--namely, as fraud. The proof of insider trading hinges on several factors including the definition of nonpublic information, the acti ...

A Note on Moral Imagination

Moral theories provide us with reasonable criteria for making moral judgments and evaluating decisions and actions. There is, however, one difficulty with approaching moral reasoning strictly from a " ...

A Note on Obedience to Authority

Two experiments are described and discussed in this note. In Milgram's Obedience experiment, subjects acted as "teachers" posing questions to "learners." Inaccurate answers resulted in an electric sh ...

A Note on Questionable Payments in Business

Written to accompany "Questionable Payments" (UVA-E-0178), this note provides insights into the issue of questionable payments (e.g., bribery and extortion). ...
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