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Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?: Thirteen Views on the Question

Authors: Cowen, Tyler; Bhagwati, Jagdish; Gray, John; Kasparov, Garry; He, Qinglian; Walzer, Michael; Lévy, Bernard-Henri; Hymowitz, Kay S.; Reich, Robert B.; Ali, Ayaan Hirsi; Bogle, John C.; Santorum, Rick
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The John Templeton Foundation
Publication Year: 2008

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Over the past decade, the effect of the market economy and globalization on long-established habits, beliefs, and institutions has been much debated in scholarly circles, in popular books, and in the serious press.

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Viagra in China: A Prolonged Battle over Intellectual Property Rights

Authors: Li, Yahong; Lu, Jiangyong; Tao, Zhigang; Wei, Shangjin; Chan, Penelope
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2010

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Viagra's market entry into China was met with an 11-year battle with local drug companies over Viagra's patent, Chinese trademark and three-dimensional trademark. Pfizer's management is trying to figure out what went wrong in its market entry strategy, how to generate more sales before its patent expires in 2014, and what should be done to better protect the IPR of the drugs it intends to launch in the country.

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Ethics World

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Product Type: Web Sites
Source: EthicsWorld.org
Publication Year: 2008

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EthicsWorld.org aims to disseminate information and strengthen understanding of the critical issues of institutional governance, business ethics and anti-corruption, by reporting on key developments and providing a forum for diverse opinions.

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HR Problems at Jet Airways: Coping with Turbulent Times in the Indian Aviation Industry

Authors: Purkayastha, Debapratim; Tallur, V.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2009

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After showing the door to more than 1,000 employees in a bid to streamline its operations, Jet was faced with immense criticism and opposition by various organisations and political parties.

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Corporate Reform in the United States

Authors: Paine, Lynn S.; Bettcher, Kim Eric
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2004

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The spate of corporate misdeeds revealed to the American public in 2001 to 2002 prompted corrective action in many quarters of the U.S. economy. The note summarizes some of the steps taken by lawmakers, regulators, law-enforcement officials, companies, investors, professional associations, and educators to restore public trust in U.S. capital markets and the U.S. system of corporate governance.

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How Relationality Shapes Business and Its Ethics

Author: Fort, Timothy L.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 16.
Publication Year: 1997

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This article offers a practical tool for managers in the form of a framework identifying salient forces in business ethics. The author argues that relationality is the primary value for ethics, builds on William Frederick's and Michael Novak's dialectic to describe relational categories, and offers a framework, similar to Michael Porter's 'five forces,' for understanding business ethics.

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Peripheral Products Co.

The”Gray Market” for Disk Drives

Author: Cespedes, Frank V.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 1986

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In mid-1985, the vice president of marketing for a large manufacturer of disk drives is considering how to deal with a growing “gray market” for his company's products.

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Details and Evaluation

Authors: Kulp, Susan; Lane, David
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Presents details related to Sarbanes-Oxley, with special emphasis on Section 404.

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Video: Joshua Margolis on Teaching Business Ethics

Masters Seminars in Business Ethics Video Series

Author: Margolis, Joshua
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2009

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The third component of a well-designed business ethics course -- in addition to defying expectations and bringing together a multi-disciplinary team -- is making the ethics course itself the venue for integrating across the disciplines.

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BTL Construction: Was It Bribery or Just Business as Usual?

Authors: Steger, U; Nedopil, C
Product Type: Cases
Source: IMD - International Institute for Management Development
Publication Year: 2007

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The learning objectives are to: (1) discuss bribery and its consequences from a Board member's perspective; and (2) learn what measures can be taken to avoid or deal with bribery.

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EU Verdict Against Microsoft

Authors: Yoffie, David B.; Slind, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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In 2004, following an investigation that began in 1998, the European Commission (EC) issued an antitrust judgment against Microsoft Corp., levying a record fine of 497 million euros ($613 million) and mandating changes of commercial behavior and bundling of Windows Media Player with Microsoft's Windows operating system. Explores the role of antitrust laws in competitive strategy.

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Controlling Delinquency in Micro-Lending

Authors: Dempsey, Jeanette; Linowes, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: USAID & Institute of International Education (IIE)
Publication Year: 2002

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Mujeres Unidas is a non-profit microfinance institution in Bolivia serving poor women inexperienced in business, but actively developing for-profit ventures. Mujeres Unidas offers participants educational and financial services so they can develop their capacities and skills and improve their personal, family and civic lives, but has run into several issues of fraud and delinquency.

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All in a Twitter Over Facebook? Social Internet Use at Pragmaticase

Authors: Peiperl, Maury; Jonsen, Karsten; Smit, William
Product Type: Cases
Source: International institute for Management Development
Publication Year: 2009

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This case presents the issue of employees' use of social media through the eyes of Johan L, the CEO of Pragmaticase. Several companies have started to block employees from accessing Facebook(TM), Twitter(TM), YouTube(TM), LinkedIn(TM), flickr(TM), and other social media tools from their workplace computers and networks.

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IBM and Germany 1922–1941

Authors: McCormick, Donald W.; Spee, James C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Organization Management Journal
Publication Year: 2008

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In 1933 and 1939, IBM's German affiliate obtained the German census contract, and made millions of dollars for IBM by leasing its punch card tabulation machines.

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Get Aggressive About Passivity

Authors: Samuelson, Judith; Gentile, Mary C.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2005

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Whistle-blowing isn't a desirable end, it's a last resort. Most organizations want workers who don't just think the right thing but also do it. Why is it so hard for people to act on their values?

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Shades of Grey

Author: Edwards, Jim
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Brandweek
Publication Year: 2004

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The corruption scandal at Grey Global Group reached its lowest point, perhaps, when at least two Grey creatives asked for—and received—two nights in a hotel with a pair of prostitutes...

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Industry Self-Regulation without Sanctions: The Chemical Industry's Responsible Care Program

Authors: King, Andrew; Lenox, Michael
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The Academy of Management Journal, Volume 43, No. 4, pp. 698-716.
Publication Year: 2000

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Industry self-regulation – the voluntary association of firms to control their collective action – has been proposed as a complement to government regulation...

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Enron's Demise

Were There Warning Signs?

Author: Rankine, Graeme
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2004

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The rise and fall of Enron was marked by inflated earnings and substantial amounts of hidden debt, enabled by the use of special purpose entities, the application of unethical accounting techniques, and an unquestioning board of directors. But why did Enron's collapse take the financial community by complete surprise? Were there any warning signs that Enron was not as financially solid as it appeared?

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Creating Community Banking Solutions

Union Bank and Operation Hope

Authors: Rochlin, Stephen A.; Boguslaw, Janet
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, The Wallace B. Carroll School of Management, Boston, MA
Publication Year: 2004

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Union Bank of California has partnered with Operation Hope and Nix Check Cashing to offer financial services to low-income communities...
 

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Case Development: An Innovative Approach to Case Studies, and Experiences from a Graduate Marketing Ethics Course

Authors: Plewa, C.; Quester, P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Neilson Journals Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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This paper discusses an innovative approach to the case method, called case development, and its preliminary assessment in a postgraduate marketing ethics course.

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Adiana, Inc., and the Development of a Female Sterilization Device

Authors: Eaton, Margaret L.; Reddi, Anjali; Sarin, Aradhana
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University Press
Publication Year: 2004

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In 1999, Adiana, Inc. faced several decisions about clinical trials of the company's sole product: a new female sterilization catheter. The case raises two primary questions: (1) whether, and to what extent, Adiana has a duty to compensate women harmed in a U.S. study of its sterilization device, and (2), what is the full extent of patients' rights?

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South African Mining and Asbestos-Related Diseases (A, B, C, D)

Authors: Werhane, Patricia H.; Mead, Jenny
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Publishing Company
Publication Year: 2006

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These cases explain the history of asbestos mining in South Africa, the complicated relationship between the multinational companies and an apartheid and post-apartheid South African regime, and details the struggles and issues that many ARD-afflicted South Africans faced in bringing the multinationals to justice and seeking redress.

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Toymaking in China, Mattel's Way

Authors: Barboza, David; Story, Louise
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2007

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Inside Mattel's sprawling test lab here, scores of technicians are doing their worst: setting Chicken Dance Elmo dolls on fire, wrecking Hot Wheels cars and yanking at the limbs of Dora the Explorer. The lab workers are paid to break toys, pick apart their innards, and analyze the raw materials that go into them...

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Danone v Wahaha (A): Who is Having the Last Laugh

Authors: Lu, Jiangyong; Tao, Zhigang; Chan, I.; Wei, Shangjin
Product Type: Cases
Source: The University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2008

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This case illustrates the conflicts in interests, practices and cultural values that foreign investors may encounter with their local partners when doing business in China.

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Sicom GmbH and CD Piracy

Author: Inkpen, Andrew C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 1997

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Sicom, the leading firm in the compact disc (CD) equipment industry, produces CD replicators. CD replicators are used to produce copies of CDs from master CD versions. Many of the CD replicators are sold in China. Sicom, and other firms in its industry, have been accused by the recording industry and US trade officials of turning a blind eye to CD piracy in China. From Sicom management's perspective, Sicom should not be held accountable for the actions of others.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Author: The SEC
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Publication Year: 2011

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The SEC is responsible for implementing a series of regulatory initiatives required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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Accounting for Employee Stock Options

Author: Bradshaw, Mark T.
Product Type: Notes
Source:
Publication Year: 2007

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The accounting for employee stock options has been a controversial and complex topic for decades. The debate has continued to the present time because of the high visibility of company executives who have made fortunes under their stock option programs.

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AXA MONY

Authors: Perold, Andre F.; White, Lucy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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AXA's friendly bid for MONY is contested by activist hedge funds suspicious of management's generous change in control contracts.

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Business and Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives and Accountants

Author: Brooks, Leonard J.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: South-Western College Pub; 3 edition
Publication Year: 2003

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A text focuses on the practical development of the skills needed to deal with ethical issues specific to accounting...

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The Global Innovation Divide

Author: Sachs, Jeffrey D.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 3
Publication Year: 2003

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A description of the so-called "innovation divide"; an analysis of its features and causes; and a discussion of possible strategic responses, from governments, NGOs and corporations. Intellectual Property Rights are discussed...

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Tsunami: The Backlash

A troubling paradox about corporate philanthropy has surfaced. Is such largess even legal?

Author: Maiden, Malcolm
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
Publication Year: 2005

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A troubling paradox lies beneath the edifice of corporate philanthropy - and the allied concept of corporate social responsibility. It is that while there is nothing in most country's laws to define or control how corporations donate funds in this country, and no rules covering disclosure of non-political donations, there are specific corporate laws and a body of case law that requires those in charge of companies to act in the the best financial interests of the company's shareholders.

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Hewlett-Packard Company: CEO Succession in 2010

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Palepu, Krishna G.; Barton, Melissa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Mark Hurd resigned as the CEO of Hewlett Packard in 2010 after the board discovered that he had misfiled expense reports and paid an H.P. contractor for unsubstantiated work. Discusses H.P.'s recent scandals and highlights the balance needed between ethical and strategic considerations in choosing executive leadership.

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Trips and Tips for Negotiation Self-defense: Forewarned Is Forearmed

Authors: Dalton, Catherine M.; Dalton, Dan R.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2011

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In this article we venture, with some measure of caution, into the dark side of negotiation: those tactics that may be duplicitous, unethical, and unprincipled.

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Myriad: Breast Cancer Testing in the United States (A, B)

Authors: Diermeier, Daniel; Parthasarathy, Sabita
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2004

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This case describes Myriad Genetics and its struggle to develop a genetic testing service while facing challenges from competitors and activist organizations. Myriad pursues a business strategy which separates the testing from health care counseling and monitoring.

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American Pharmaceutical

Balancing Corporate Profits with Global Demands for Affordable Medicine

Author: Richards, Eric L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: CIBER Case Collection, Indiana University
Publication Year: 2002

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The HIV/AIDS crisis has spurred growing demands for cheaper substitutes for these antiretrovirals, suggesting that more and more countries may permit the sale of cheaper substitutes even before the patents expire. While American Pharmaceutical may legally challenge such activities, it is not clear if the challenges would be legally successful or if they would be politically or commercially prudent.

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Intellectual Property and the Availability of Pharmaceuticals in Poor Countries

Author: Lanjouw, Jean O.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Innovation Policy and the Economy. Vol 3, 2002.
Publication Year: 2002

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There continues to be widespread criticism of the extension of patent rights on pharmaceuticals in the developing world as required by World Trade Organization membership. This paper examines arguments in favor and against this strengthening of worldwide patent protection...

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The Impossibility of Auditor Independence

Authors: Bazerman, Max H.; Morgan, Kimberly P.; Loewenstein, George F.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 89-94
Publication Year: 1997

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The growing number of audit failures leads the authors to question the current auditing relationship. In no profession is impartiality more important than in auditing, they say. Yet psychological research indicates that such impartiality is impossible under current institutional arrangements...

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AngloGold: Corporate Responsibility for HIV/AIDS (A, B, C, D)

Authors: Barrett, Diana; Key, Amanda
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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This case examines corporate responsibility when dealing with HIV/AIDS, and deals specifically with the case of AngloGold, a South African mining corporation.

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Principles of Auditing

City University of New York: ACC 9821

Author: Floch, Julie
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: CUNY, Bernard M. Baruch College
Publication Year: 2007

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The objective of this course is to provide an appropriate level of knowledge to students with a major in accounting, with an emphasis not only on the technical and practical applications of the subject matter but on the applicable ethical considerations that are required of all business persons, consistent with the Department of Accountancy's mission of providing high quality, high value education to its students.

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New Rules in the Chemical Business: Case Study REACH and the Chemical Supply Chain

Author: Wollny, V
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Applied Sciences Mainz
Publication Year: 2007

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The case contains exhibits on the chemical industry.

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Principled Leadership

Emory University: Bus 663

Authors: Glynn, Mary Ann; Whitaker, Alan
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Emory University, Goizueta Business School
Publication Year: 2005

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In this course, we focus on how a leader's values can create capacities for principled action. The course is designed to enhance the student's skills in leading with with principles, particularly in situations that challenge those principles.

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Oxfam and the Campaign to Bring Affordable HIV Treatment to South Africa

Authors: Klein, J.; Kapstein, E.; Crawford, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2003

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During the 1990s, South Africa, along with many other developing countries, agreed to accept World Trade Organisation disciplines with respect to trade in intellectual property - the so-called TRIPS agreement. In 1997, however, the South African Government passed a new Medicines Act, which a group of pharmaceutical companies argued was in violation of South African patent laws and of the TRIPS accord. The lawsuit was quickly attacked by such leading non-governmental organisations as Oxfam.

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AFL-CIO

Office of Investment and Home Depot

Authors: Khurana, Rakesh; Weber, James
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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The AFL-CIO Office of Investigation advocates for improved corporate governance at public companies, focusing on the problems of excessive chief executive compensation, improperly backdated stock options, insufficiently independent corporate board members, poor responsiveness to shareholders concerns, and a lack of transparency in the activities and decisions of boards. To advance its cause, the Office targeted Home Depot. This case illustrates how activist investors are affecting corporate boards by questioning the quality and practices of their governance practices.

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Business Ethics

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Product Type: Web Sites
Source:
Publication Year: 2004

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Business Ethics is a Canadian site offering and leading users to business case studies that focus on ethics. It offers articles and news coverage, as well as pointing users to business case studies...

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Trouble in Toyland: New Challenges for Mattel -- and 'Made in China'

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge @ Wharton
Publication Year: 2007

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Asked whether one of the most famous dolls on earth is going to be hurt by Mattel's recalls of more than 10 million toys in the U.S. over the past three weeks, Wharton marketing professor Stephen Hoch offers this reassuring response: "Barbie is bulletproof."

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Ethical Choices in the Design and Administration of Executive Compensation Programs

Author: Heisler, William J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2007

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Several dimensions of the executive compensation decision process offer significant opportunities for ethical choices. This article identifies the major components of executive compensation and highlights decision points in the design and administration of each component where ethical issues may arise.

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The Accountability Lens: A New Way to View Management Issues

Authors: Hall, Angela T.; Bowen, Micheal G.; Ferris, Gerald R.; Royle, M. Todd; Fitzgibbons, Dale E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Indiana University
Publication Year: 2007

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Contends that viewing organizations through an accountability lens (in terms of source, focus, salience, and intensity) helps illuminate issues of governance and ethical dilemmas common to most individuals at work.

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Governance Failure at Satyam

Authors: Gaur, Ajai; Kohli, Nisha
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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An unrelated acquisition decision by Satyam Corporation created discontent among shareholders and lead to a series of investigations. The investigations revealed a fraud of about INR 50 billion. This led to resignations by several board members and the CEO. The entire episode became a mockery of corporate governance practices, raising questions about the efficacy of well accepted governance norms.

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Restoring Trust

Report to The Hon. Jed S. Rakoff the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Corporate Governance for the Future of MCI

Author: Breeden, Richard C.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Publication Year: 2003

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Restoring Trust is not just a study of corporate governance. It is also intended as a blueprint for action.

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Pensions & the Companies They Own: Fiduciary Duties in a Changing Social Environment

Author: Kinder, Peter D.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Presented at University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business, Symposium on Business & the Broader Culture, "Corporate Retirement Security: Social & Ethical Issues"
Publication Year: 2005

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This is a pre-publication version of a paper on pensions, fiduciary duties and socially responsible investing. It argues that the Securities & Exchange Commission has altered the fiiduciary duty of those holding stock on others' behalf."

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