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U.S. Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Policy Reactions (A, B)

Authors: Alfaro, Laura; Kim, Renee
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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By March 2008, the U.S. Government and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had taken various policy measures over the last few months to tackle the subprime mortgage crisis that threatened to drag the economy into a recession. Policy makers were caught in an intense debate over what the 'right' solution would be, and the implication of these policies on global imbalances.

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eDonkey--Deciding the Future of File Sharing

Author: Oberholzer-Gee, Felix
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Sam Yagan, CEO of the upstart MetaMachine, Inc., received a letter from the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) asking him to shut down eDonkey, MetaMachine's popular file-sharing system. Designed to promote a discussion of the implications of file sharing and related legal developments on the music industry.

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Reporting: What? How Much? To Whom?

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: WBCSD
Publication Year: 2007

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Ever since there have been corporations, both society and companies have squabbled over how much information those businesses ought to make public...

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Corporate Social Responsibility: The Feelgood Factor

Author: The Economist
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Economist Special Report
Publication Year: 2008

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When catastrophic floods hit Bangladesh last November, TNT's emergency-response team was ready. The logistics giant, with headquarters in Amsterdam, has 50 people on standby to intervene anywhere in the world at 48 hours' notice.

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Corporate Conduct That Does Not Maximize Shareholder Gain

Legal Conduct, Ethical Conduct, the Penumbra Effect, Reciprocity, The Prisoner's Dilemma, Sheep's Clothing, Social Conduct, and Disclosure

Author: Eisenberg, Melvin A.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Stetson Law Review, Summer 1998, vol. XXVIII, pp. 1-27.
Publication Year: 1998

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A long-standing issue in corporate law is the extent to which corporations can properly engage in nonmaximizing conduct...

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LTCM's Profit Motive

Authors: Reiling, Henry B.; Wall, Kevin F.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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This case summarizes the court decision in Long Term Capital Holdings v. United States, upholding the IRS's contention that a transaction between Long Term and a putative investor lacked economic substance. LTC was also penalized $16 million for the extent of its tax inaccuracies.

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Business Corruption in China

Authors: Woo, Claudia H.L.; Farhoomand, Ali F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Asia Case Research Center, The University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2006

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This research note provides an overview of business corruption in China, placing it in a context that takes into account various political, economic, legal and cultural elements. More specifically, it examines corporate ownership and structure in China, identifies sources of corruption, and analyzes the impact of corruption on the country's social and economic stability. The note closes with a set of recommendations for countering business corruption in China.

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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
Publication Year: 2006

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

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The LCA Ethics Lens

Author: Sucher, Sandra J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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A practical framework for evaluating the ethical dimensions of a proposed course of action for managers and executives.

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A Framework for Thinking Ethically

Author: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2008

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This document is designed as an introduction to thinking ethically.

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Are Overconfident Executives More Inclined to Commit Fraud?

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2008

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Confidence underlies decisive, strong leadership, but does overconfidence lead managers to cross the line and commit fraud?

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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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Corporate Reform in the United States

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

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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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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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Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work

Authors: Comer, Debra R.; Vega, Gina
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: M.E. Sharpe
Publication Year: 2011

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The topic of moral courage is typically missing from business ethics instruction and management training. But moral courage is what is needed when workplace pressures threaten to compromise values and principles. This book gives readers who want to do the right thing guidelines for going about it.

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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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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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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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A Rogue Trader at Daiwa Bank (A, B)

Management Responsibility Under Different Jurisprudential Systems, Practices and Cultures; The Board Meeting on September 25th 1995 in Japan

Author: Misawa, Mitsuru
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2005

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In 1995, the VP of Daiwa Bank's New York branch confessed that over the course of 11 years, he had lost nearly $1.1 billion through the unauthorized trading of United States Treasury Bonds and had sold securities the bank had in custody to cover losses. Discusses the impact of Japanese and American cultural differences on attitudes toward proper international business practices.

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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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Orange Cameroon

A Global Telecommunications Company In Africa

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Product Type: Cases
Source: Babson College
Publication Year: 2009

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This is the fourth of a four-case series (BAB133-BAB136). This case series is designed to illustrate the specificities of competition in poor and developing economies and, more specifically, competition at the base of the pyramid.

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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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Video: Tax Me if You Can

PBS Frontline Production

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Product Type: Multimedia
Source: PBS Frontline
Publication Year: 2004

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This PBS Frontline production is a thought-provoking analysis of the 1990s tax-shelter explosion.

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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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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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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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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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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 Future of Food: An Introduction to the Ethical Issues in Genetically Modified Food

Author: McLean, Margaret
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2005

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An Intern's Dilemma

Authors: Sucher, Sandra J.; Preble, Matthew
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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An HBS student is asked to misrepresent himself during the course of his summer internship by his employer in order to obtain data from industry competitors.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2013 Business Education Symposium: Meeting the Talent Challenge

Selected materials collected at the 2013 Symposium on the future of business education

Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports; Featured Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2013

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In New York City on September 26-27, 2013, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program hosted a symposium focused on exemplary teaching at the business and society interface.

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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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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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A Closer Look at Business Education: Accounting

Author: Goldbach, Justin F.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2006

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Accounting fraud became a mainstream public concern in the wake of the numerous scandals in recent years. Consequently, many business programs around the country reconsidered the manner in which social, environmental, and ethical issues were integrated into accounting curricula...

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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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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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Converting Failed Financial Institutions into Mutual Organisations

A Report from The Oxford Centre for Mutual & Employee-owned Business

Authors: Michie, Jonathan; Llewellyn, David T.; Anderson, David; Eyre, Nick; Hunt, Peter; Mills, Chris; Palmer, Jeremy
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Publication Year: 2009

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The immediate issue is whether the failed financial institutions that were taken into public ownership could be re-launched as mutuals rather than as plcs.

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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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United Technologies Corporation: Running a Global Ethics and Compliance Program

Author: Stewart, Lisa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2005

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In its quest to increase self-regulation of compliance issues in an increasingly government-regulated environment, UTC first published its Code of Ethics in 1990. Since then, the company has woven the Code of Ethics into the corporate culture through various business practices programs and detailed policies in the UTC Corporate Policy Manual. Although there were many difficulties in enforcing a single Code of Ethics across many countries and cultures, as Gnazzo noted, the basic rules of "don't lie; don't cheat; don't steal" seemed to translate into any culture's ethical beliefs.

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