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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. ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 significan ...

A Note on the Ethic of Caring

This note is a summary of Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice, with background information on Freud, Erikson, and Kohlberg. Gilligan theorizes that women analyze moral dilemmas in terms of relations ...

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 th ...

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 ...

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 ...

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? ...
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