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Friday, April 29, 2011

Lecture for Friday 04/29/2011

No lecture, test #4 today. Also, take home extra credit test due Monday, May 2, 2011 at the beginning of class.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lecture for Wednesday 04/27/2011

Class cancelled for today. Test 4 to be assigned another time.

Lecture for Monday 04/25/2011

Class opening 9:12 AM
Class began by covering the following slides from chapter 16's PowerPoint:

  • To Whom Do Companies Give?
  • Managing Corporate Philanthropy
  • Is Wal-Mart so bad?

Next, we discussed the following article:
Then we discussed the following article:
Gates Fund to Spend $500-Million to Encourage Poor People Worldwide to Save

Lecture continued by covering the following slides:
  • Factors Influencing Corporate Giving Priorities
  • Community Partnerships
Case Discussion 9:38 AM
In-class Case Discussion: Case 38: Wal-Mart and Its Accociates

We discussed the following article:
Wal-mart faces class-action lawsuit

Next the following questions were asked and discussed in class:

  • What are the major ethical issues?
  • Who has excessive power? Legitimate power?
  • What responsibility does Walmart have to force employees to participate in benefits plans? 

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Lecture for Friday 04/22/2011

Class Lecture 9:00 AM
Substitute teacher today. 
Professor Cameron was out. 
Lecture began with Chapter 16's PowerPoint. The following slides were covered throughout the lecture:

  • Business and Community Stakeholders
  • Chapter 16 Learning Outcomes
Next we moved onto:

Housekeeping stuff

  • Be nice to your substitute!
  • Quiz on chapter 15 is CLOSED!
  • Case discussion on Monday - Wal-Mart & its associates
  • Questions, comments, thoughts?

Next, we continued by covering the following slides of Chapter 16's PowerPoint:

  • A Company’s Positive Impact
  • Standards of Excellence in Corporate Community Involvement
Page 621 in the book was referenced, which covers the 7 leadership standards of excellence in corporate philanthropy.

The Pyramid of CSR (corporate social responsibility) from chapter 2 was displayed and discussed.

The following quotes were displayed and discussed:
"Successful businesses thrive in healthy communities…As a business, we want to share our expertise and make a positive impact on our communities. It's not only the right thing to do it's a business strategy that means success for our organization…"
"Our approach to corporate citizenship is influenced by the aspirations we have for our company's reputation. We want to be admired…"
Next, we continued by covering the following slides of Chapter 16's PowerPoint:

  • Benefits of Employee Volunteer Programs
  • Developing a Community Action Plan
  • Philanthropy

When you buy a pair of TOMS shoes they give a pair away a pair to someone in need.

Next, we finished by covering the following slide of Chapter 16's PowerPoint:

  • Categories of Corporate Contributions Programs

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lecture for Wednesday 04/20/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
Where is the video?
Quizzes 13 & 14 have been fixed.
Questions, Comments, Thoughts?

Class Lecture 9:07 AM
Spill's Toll on Oil Output Grows Clearer by Angel Gonzalez was displayed and discussed. 

Potential Plaintiffs Race to Hit Deadline  by Dionne Searcey was displayed and discussed.

Cheba Hut “Toasted” Subs Hosts Nation’s Largest 420 Celebration was displayed and discussed.

Case Discussion 9:40 AM

In-class Case Discussion: Case 26: The Hudson River Clean Up and GE began. 

General Electric Paid No Federal Taxes in 2010 by Jake Tapper was displayed and discussed.

The following questions were asked: 

  • What are the facts?
  • What are the social & ethical issues raised in this case?
  • Which are major, and which are minor?
  • Who is now responsible for the contaminated Hudson river? GE? EPA? State of New York? Local citizens?
  • What ethical principles support the assignment of responsibility?
  • What action should take place on the river? Who should pay?

For information about the EPA's "superfund" cleanup projects CLICK HERE to check out their website. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lecture for Monday 04/18/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
Where is the video?
Questions, Comments, Thoughts?

Class Lecture 9:08 AM
PDF style PowerPoints slides on Chapters 14, 15 and 16 were displayed and discussed. The following slides were displayed in class:
  • The Sustainability Imperative
  • Six Principles of Sustainable Success
  • Environmental Terms
We then viewed the pricewaterhousecoopers global ceo survey and the slides and lecture continued with the following slides:

  • Top Ten List of Environmental Issues
  • Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The conversation then turned to changes to the environment due to business decisions: 

  • Discussed greenhouse gas emissions
Source: united states environmental protection agency (2004)

Discussion then went into resources of water for Arizona. Will be pushing this data until Wednesday’s discussion

Class Lecture 9:40 AM
At this point in time we had a guest speaker talk to the class about NAU and the possibilities of finishing a bachelors degree through the agreement between MCC and NAU. For more information please feel free to contact:

Glenny Carter
Program Coordinator
East Valley Campus

145 N. Centennial Way, 4th Floor
Mesa, AZ 85201
PH (602) 776-4645
Fax (602) 776-4694

Email: Glenny.Carter@nau.edu
Web: nau.edu/extended

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lecture for Friday 04/15/2011

Class to begin 9:00 AM

Class opening and Discussion 9:08 AM
Case 30: Firestone and Ford: The Tire Tread Separation Tragedy (starting on page 883 in your textbook)

The following questions were asked to provide a good insight as to the direction of the class discussion:
  • Who are the roll players?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Summarize the facts…
  • What are the major ethical issues involved in this case?
  • How do legitimacy, power, and urgency affect a stakeholder’s position?
  • Who is at fault the tire separation controversy?
  • Does firestone have an ethical responsibility to pay ford for the tires ford replaced because ford thought they were unsafe?

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lecture for Wednesday 04/13/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
Public safety update/summary of events was displayed on the projector and discussed.

Need some extra credit? There is an extra credit assignment event scheduled for 04-13-2011 at 12 o'clock noon. You will have to write a paper on it in order to receive the extra credit points.

Housekeeping stuff:

Quiz on chap 13 - closed!
Where is the video?
Questions, comments and thoughts were discussed and covered at this point. Comments about the video we viewed during last class were raised and discussion ensued.

Lecture Discussion 9:11 AM
Lecture began on chapter 14 PowerPoint and covered the following slides:
Critical Dimensions of Product Quality
The Issue of Safety
Top 10 List of Safety Principles
Consumer Product Injuries

Case Discussion 9:24 AM
In-class Case Discussion: Case 31: The Coffee Spill Heard 'Round the World (beginning on page 892 in your textbook).

The discussion began with the following questions:
  • Who are the role players? What are the facts?
  • What are the major ethical issues raised in this case?

McDonalds after thought
  • Paid up
  • Product had been delivered
  • Because McDonalds offered money is indicative that they accept something had happened
  • Was it the franchise or the corporation? Which one was it that low balled her on the pay out?

Top coffee sellers
  1. McDonalds
  2. Dunkin
  3. Starbucks
  4. Denny's

The following questions were asked and then discussed:

  • What are McDonald's social responsibilities?
  • What are consumer's responsibilities?
  • What ethical principles support the companies' actions?
  • What are the supports arguments for McDonald's?
  • What are the supporting arguments for Liebeck?
  • Coffee vs. pickles which pose the greater threat? Why?
  • You are a juror...in the coffee case?...in the pickle case?

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lecture for Monday 04/11/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
The duration of class was spent viewing video titled: CNBC's "Price of Admission: America's College Debt Crisis"

No audio recording needed for this class lecture time.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Lecture for Friday 04/08/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
Class began with discussion about:

Class Discussion 9:36 AM

  • lunesta ad (that was to test whether anyone is really reading this blog anymore)

What’s wrong with this ad? 

  • Crestor ad

What’s wrong with this ad?

  • Vytorin ad

What’s wrong with this ad?

Case Study Discussion 9:45 AM
Case 27: DTC pill-pushing debate (found on page 871 in your textbook).

Questions that were asked about the case are as follows:

  • Summarize?
  • Ethical issues?
  • Stakeholders?
  • Social responsibility?
  • Advertising issues?
  • Power vs. urgency vs legitimacy?
  • Policy changes?

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lecture for Wednesday 04/06/2011

Class Discussion 9:00 AM
Lecture on chapter 12 began by covering the following slides:

Corporate Political Participation

  • Political Involvement
Corporate Political Participation
  • Lobbying
  • PACs
  • Coalition Building
  • Political Strategy
Organizational Levels of Lobbying
  • Umbrella Organizations
  • Trade Associations
  • Company-Level Lobbying
Discussion about real estate began at this point. Lecture about buyers, lenders and home builders ensued at this point.

Coverage of the slides continued at:

What Business Lobbyists Do for Clients

Discussion began concerning President Obama's 2012 budget plan as well as our current US debt.

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Lecture for Monday 04/04/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
  • Quiz 8 (Chapter 11) - Closed!
  • Test High = 46, Low = 30 out of 50
  • Questions/comments/thoughts?

Class Discussion 9:17 AM
In-class Case Discussion: Case 25: Astroturf Lobbying (located on page 865 in your textbook).

Class discussion began with the following main points and questions: 

Lobbyists do not look anything like the general population.
Q. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
A. It's a thing.
Q. Are elected officials ever held accountable to the people if they make mistakes?
A. Who are the stakeholder groups in lobbying?

Speaking about the stakeholders and who they are:

Media, Voters, Politicians, Corporations, voters, social networking

-          How much does it control the message?
-          polling
-          Is there any backlash
-          Z party
-          Issue vs. authority
-          Will Trump run for president?
-          Ross Perot?
-          Concern for quality of profits
Social Networking
- Concern for quality of life

Money = power = money

Q. Is there an issue here?
Q. Are there examples of college students of this generation?
Q. Is social media just this generation's way of replicating what my generation did?
Q. How long has Amazon.com been in business?
Q. What was their profit for last year?
A. 7.13 billion
Q. What is the hot topic in Arizona?
A. State budget
A. Tax on internet sales

A brief discussion followed and class came to a close.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Lecture for Friday 04/01/2011

Class opening 9:00 AM
  • Quiz 8 (Chapter 11) - open!
  • All case summary and written assignment grades will be current this weekend!
  • Beginning Monday (4/4) case discussion will be led by students!
  • Questions/comments/thoughts?
Additional Announcements:
  • Internship for paid internships announced for summer camp.
  • Internship opportunity (non-paid) Arizona State Fair.
  • This information is in the career reentry office as well.

Class Discussion 9:02 AM
In-class Case Discussion: Case 20: Something’s Rotten in Hondo (page 842 in your textbook).
  • Someone please summarize the facts!
  • Who are the stakeholders? (L, P, U)
  • Is there an issue of social responsibility? (Ec, L, Et, P)
  • You're George Mackee… what do you do?
  • What should George do?

Class Lecture 9:14 AM
The following chapter 11 PowerPoint slides were covered
  • A Federal Regulatory Agency…
  • Types of Regulation
  • Types of Regulation

Class Discussion 9:23 AM
In-class Case Discussion: Case 21: Sweetner Gets Bitter Reaction (page 843 in your textbook).

What's this case about?
What facts do we have?
Who cares?
What's the real issue?
If Coke used its influence… is that wrong, unethical, immoral?
What should Coke do?
Monday some guys released a report that there were trace amounts of radiation in foods.

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