GBUS-593 Ethical Decision Making for Global Business and Governments
Fall for 2017-2018
"International business helps drive globalization trends that are reshaping political, economic and socio-cultural values. Increasingly, many governments and civil society groups urge corporations to go beyond traditional business roles to help improve human rights, labor conditions, and environmental impacts in countries around the world. Such actions can pose serious policy dilemmas, involving difficult value choices.
Should foreign companies try to influence a country’s domestic political process on issues such as democratic elections, religious freedoms, the treatment of indigenous peoples, or the domestic allocation of tax revenue? Should large international retailers seek to impose “living wage” standards on their foreign suppliers? Do the marketing practices of international companies impose inappropriate choices on vulnerable consumers in developing countries, or enhance their free choice of products? Should corporations decide how a developing country balances trade-offs between current economic growth and longer-term environmental goals? Who should decide, What should be done, When and Where? Why?
This course studies the application of ethics to contemporary issues of international business operating in different economic, political and cultural settings. Drawing on established ethical theory, the course uses normative criteria to evaluate “best choice” options for real-world decisions. Consideration of global economic justice and corporate social responsibility are examined, along with mandatory and voluntary methods of influencing business behavior. Students will examine these issues from the perspective of corporate employees and managers, home and host government officials, and civil society activists."
Students - please register for the correct section:
(MONDAYS) GBUS 493-01 BSFS; GBUS 493-02 GBUF; GBUS 593-01 GSFS (For Spring 2017, GBUS 593-01 will be replaced with GBUS 493-03)
(TUESDAYS) GBUS 493-03 BSFS; GBUS 493-04 GBUF; No Grad in this section. (For Spring 2017, GBUS 493-07 will be offered for GRAD students)
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