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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. ...

An Introduction to Ethics

This technical note provides an introduction to the some of the key concepts of ethics relevant to business. ...

Barry Fine

What does a nonprofit do when its major donor is indicted on insider trading? This case details the uncomfortable position and subsequent decisions that a rabbi and his congregation must make after the synagogue finds itself in that position. ...

Caffeine with a Conscience

Is "Fair Trade" really fair? This case examines the concept, history, and logistics of the Fair Trade movement, specifically for coffee. Fair Trade began as an attempt to ensure farmers received fair compensation for their crops and credit when needed. Fair Trade also provided opportunities to help coffee growers learn best practices and sustainable farming methods (minimal damage to the environme ...

Chiquita in Colombia

Should an international company operating in a violent nation pay a paramilitary group to keep its employees from harm? Executives at Chiquita Brands' Banadex subsidiary in Colombia faced a dilemma in 1997. Carlos Castano, the leader of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, a paramilitary group, was demanding payment in return for not harming Banadex's employees or operations. The executives must w ...

Competitive Advantage

This case provides an ethical dilemma for a sales force. Do they look at competitive information provided by a customer under strange circumstances or not? ...

Danville Airlines

This case presents the dilemma faced by Danville Airlines' management when one of its best pilots is found to have the inherited gene for Huntington's disease. Although he inevitably will develop the physically and mentally debilitating disease, the pilot, who has yet to experience symptoms, does not want to step down from his position. Danville Airlines explores the complicated issues of employee ...

Ethical Decision Making: A Global Perspective

This technical note on ethics builds on and further develops the conversation about ethics. It provides background, language, and concepts to identify and analyze managerial problems from an ethics perspective. The focus of our use of these tools is to help managers understand the ethical dimensions of their decisions and to make defensible choices. Part 1 provides a brief summary of three traditi ...

Fabulous and Abernathy

A retail clothing store's regional manager objects to a devout Muslim employee's head scarf, saying that it does not fit the company's brand image. He tells the store manager to "fix the situation." The store manager, who had been tasked with increasing diversity at the store, must decide how to handle the issue. The case is suitable for both MBA and undergraduate students in introductory ethics c ...

Gambling and Death in Vietnam (A)

What should a manager with a multinational corporation do when his employee confides that he may have accidentally killed someone? The plant where they work is located in Vietnam; the employee, a native, is hesitant to face the charges given his concerns about the fairness of the local legal system. He is seeking both advice and help. The B case (UVA-E-0324) updates the situation and provides addi ...

Gambling and Death in Vietnam (B)

This case updates the situation outlined in the A case (UVA-E-0323), providing information that helps students to both evaluate the decision made in the A case and determine what to do next. ...

James Bowman and Coopertree Capital in China

James Bowman, a founding partner of a New York private equity fund manager has traveled to China to meet with a China Power Investment Corporation manager in the hope of cultivating a business relationship. In an introductory conversation, the manager makes a strange request of Bowman. Bowman realizes that he is being tested, and he is uncertain how to respond. ...
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