Speaking Truth to Power
The fall of 2001 was an eventful and memorable time in United States history, but not for positive reasons. First, there were the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11. Before our nation had even digested the horrific attacks of 9/11, Enron, the nation’s seventh largest company and the world’s largest energy trader, rapidly came unraveled, leading to their declaration of bankruptcy on December 2. Enron’s stock prices had dramatically decreased on October 16, just two months after Sherron Watkins had brought imperative accounting and investment questions to the attention of CEO Kenneth Lay.[i] Was Watkins utilizing deontological or utilitarian ethical approaches in blowing Enron’s whistle? Was her intent to bring the greatest good to the most number of people, or was she doing it for the future profitability and reputation of Enron? Continue reading Speaking Truth to Power
Every December, she falls from heaven to graces us with her presence. She must be an Angel of some sort, but how did she transform from an androgynous, fully clothed, golden humanoid into a sexy, unabashed, barely clothed golden goddess? Her beautiful, bronzed and toned body prance atop the catwalk as you sit down your bag of peanut M&Ms. You know the next two hours will be a huge blow to your psyche, but it’s too late; you’re already hooked. Even in today’s fast-food, overindulging, carbohydrate-addicted world, she’s able to maintain a hot figure that has you sitting on your couch envious. As her unthinkably long legs, thin waist and surprisingly large breast strut down the runway, you stare in awe thinking, “why can’t I look like that?” She’s wearing nothing more than a bra, underwear, and plethora of self-confidence, there’s no way she could possibly have anything more to hide. What’s her secret? Continue reading What’s Victoria’s Secret?
No matter how big and successful a company or corporation is, they must abide by a code of ethics. Ethics guide the decisions that either individuals or groups make within the company. They influence whether a decision is right or wrong. Occasionally, businesses must make decisions that don’t have the biggest short-term return, because that decision was unethical. However, there will be times when a company decides to forgo making an ethical choice in the name of profits, and that’s what happened with Nike. Even though Nike claims to have changed their ways of doing business for the better and has improved factory conditions for their workers, they still put making profits and looking good to the public as their most important goals.
Continue reading Nike: How Much Has It Actually Changed?
It’s a beautiful, sunny day on February 24, 2010 and excited audience members sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the show to begin. Tilikum, the 12,000 pound male Killer whale, emerges from the pool in a spectacular flip; the entrance of yet another of the thousands of performances he’s put on for SeaWorld over the years. The kids in the audience squeal with delight as the 22-foot whale and his 3 co-stars splash waves of water out of the pool with flaps of their tails. Forty-year-old veteran trainer, Dawn Brancheau stands by as the shows grand finale approaches. The 4 Killer whales simultaneously jump out of the pool and flip as the crowd goes wild. The whales, including Tilikum, return to their respective trainers for their rewards, the audience begins to file out, and the 30-minute performance comes to an end. Moments later, Dawn Brancheau is pulled into the water and killed by the whale she worked with and trained for years. This wasn’t Tillikum’s first attack, and it won’t be his last… Continue reading Will we See a World Without SeaWorld?
In this paper, Nike’s business practices, pre and post 2001 will be explored through a deontological and teleological perspective in order to gain insight on whether Nike can be considered an ethical or unethical company.
Continue reading Nike Just Won’t Do It
In September, 2008, a financial crisis not seen in the United States since the Great Depression swept the nation. Some of Wall Street’s biggest firms, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley, faced serious financial issues that threatened the future and longevity of the renowned institutions. Continue reading The Unethical Decisions Behind the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
What is Uber?
You have just finished a fancy dinner in New York City with a close friend and it was exactly what you needed after a long work week. The only issue is its Friday night and there is not a single available taxi in sight. You reach into your pocket for your phone and “unlock” a whole new world. With a quick click of your “Uber” app you are on your way to setting up a ride home-quick access to a safe and convenient way home. But how could it be that easy? How does this work? Continue reading Uber: A resource for everyone
When the Kyoto Protocol reached United States Congress in 1997, the global focus was put onto the environment and the complex implications that industrialization had on the atmosphere. Scientists were beginning to understand the long-term effects of CO2 emissions and it was the responsibility of world leaders to treat these issues with the importance and urgency that they deserved. The United States was a main focus and its decision could have set a precedent for placing the environment and its many benefactors as a priority. However, politicians such as George Bush and those of the Senate cited economic issues and the non-participation of developing countries as the reasons why the US would not participate in the Kyoto Protocol. I have included in this paper why both of these methods of reasoningare not ethically based, and have contributed to creating global climate problems that will continue into the future. Continue reading The United State’s Missed Opportunity for Global Climate Leadership
Efficiency through effective, but most importantly, environmentally friendly manners is a relentless goal for all organizations within our society. One of the companies that has best been able to achieve this goal throughout recent years has without a doubt been Tesla Motors. The American company has gained significant public attention for their designs, manufacturing, and selling of electric cars that has not only made them one of the most recognizable automobile companies, but also one of the most environmentally friendly companies throughout the globe. This is primarily because of their capabilities to reduce car emissions. However, despite their efforts to reduce the negative effects on the environment, throughout this essay I will argue that what makes Tesla Motors most unique is not their cars, but rather, their batteries.
Continue reading Tesla, the Battery Company. Not the Car Company.
In the 1950’s, Sam Walton collected the capital to purchase several franchises for the Ben Franklin 5 and Dime chain. These stores flourished under the entrepreneur’s new management practices, which carried out a strategy of purchasing directly from manufacturers, selling at discounted prices, and increasing inventory volume (Fredericks 1995). This strategy became the foundation for Sam Walton’s business that we know today as Wal-Mart. Walton opened his first Wal-Mart in Arkansas in 1962; 50 years later, over 90% of US consumers have shopped at a Wal-Mart at least once (Fredericks 1995). The small discount retailer has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation bent on providing the lowest prices everyday to the millions of customers that shop at Wal-Mart. Walton’s low price strategy followed this simple logic:
Continue reading Save Money….Live Better?