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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 animal rights activist, (2) a pet lover, and (3) an individual allergic to cats. It also explores the business potential involved in this area. ...

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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 employer. ...

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 comrade of wrongdoing? ...

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 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 action of an insider who is consciously trading or enabling others to trade on inside information, and the breach of fiduciary responsibility. The "test of scienter" requires the deliberate attempt to dec ...

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 shock being administered to the learner. When the errors increased in number, the voltage of the shocks was increased to a point of intolerable pain. While the shocks were not real (learners faked their ...

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). ...

A Note on Reading Books

This note explains the role of books, especially classics, in the business school curriculum. It proposes a method for reading books both actively and critically. It concludes with a brief analysis of the concept of reading as a creative act. ...

A Note on Relativism

This note examines the concept of relativism as it often appears in business. It discusses four separate types of relativism, and lays out the reasons why relativism is a bad idea. ...

A Note on Rights

This note explains the idea of rights. It examines such distinctions as positive versus negative rights, and fundamental versus derivative rights. ...

A Note on Sexual Harassment

This technical note, revised in 2004, discusses sexual harassment, its definition (including the two main definitions, quid pro quo and hostile environment), legal issues, and background. Included in the note are statistics compiled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on incidents of sexual harassment and key Supreme Court rulings on the issue, including Meritor Savings Bank, FSB ...

A Note on Sexual-Harassment Policy

Numerous reasons exist for businesses to have a comprehensive and well-monitored sexual-harassment policy. The first, and most self-interested, reason is that creating a strong program will significantly reduce the potential for and extent of liability for incidents of sexual harassment. Second, such a policy is likely to lead to a decrease in harassment, which will save a company considerable tim ...
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