MBA 776 Business Ethics and Society
Andrew Gustafson, Ph.D.
COBA 423 phone: 402-669-9846 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this course we will consider the relationships between business and society, considering the ethical questions and implications involved. My goal is to help you become more immersed in the local business community through off-campus visits and explorations of various business-community partnerships in
Objectives: In this course you will integrate readings, service
experiences, classroom activities, discussions, and writings to:
1. Further your conceptual understanding of basic business/society concepts and ideas, e.g., corporate social responsibility, social innovation, etc., and apply them to relevant social issues, i.e., economic justice, poverty, underemployment
2. Foster a paradigm or worldview that includes sensitivity to the least advantaged,
3. Foster your comprehension, analytic, and reflection skills,
4. Achieve greater self-knowledge about your personal values and your business values
5. Become aware of the ways in which business can have positive impact on society and culture
6. Become aware of the
socially responsible activities going on in
Books for MBA 776
Management Ethics by Norman Bowie and Patricia Werhane (Wiley) ISBN# 978-06-31214731
Business Ethics: Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility by Pelton and True (Houghton Mifflin) ISBN#0-618-52861
1. February 7 Meet on Campus in our regular COBA classroom
Speaker at 7: Keith Bawolek, EDI developer for Midtown Crossings Project for Mutual of Omaha --
Please Read “History of Business Ethics” at:
2. February 14 Class on Campus
Read: Is there a case for Business Virtue? (Handout)
Also Read: “Framework for Ethical Decision Making” at http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/framework.html
Also: “Profitable Business Contributing to the Good of Society”
3. February 21 Omaha Chamber President David Brown, Rob Maglinger, Young Professionals
4. February 28 Aksarben,
Read: BE: 1-21, ME: Chapter 2,
March 6 SRING BREAK!!!!!!
5. March 13 Mr. Wayne Sensor, CEO, Allegiant Healthcare
Read BE: 22-36; ME Chapter 3, and also “Business Ethics in Healthcare”
March 20 Easter Break!!
6. March 27 First National Bank of Omaha Nick Baxter, General Counsel and Kevin Langin
Read: BE: 51-66; ME Chapter 4 and “Business Ethics In Banking” by C.F. Green
Manager Command and Control Systems Division Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
BE: 66-79; ME Chapter 5
8. April 10 Jay Noddle, Noddle Companies –and check out Aksarben Village Project
BE: 81-89; ME Chapter 6, TBA
9. April 17 Blue Cross Blue Shield and UP
BE: 91-99; ME Chapter 7, TBA
10. April 24 Conagra
ME Chapter 8, TBA
11. May 1st Gallup with Jane Miller, COO
Work on your Projects.
Plagiarism and cheating of any kind defeats the learning process. They are
grounds for severe disciplinary action. Read the student handbook so you know
the repercussions for cheating. I consider the following to be examples of
a. Not citing your sources when writing journals or papers.
b. Copying material from other sources and representing it as your own work by not putting quotes around other’s words, etc.
Read the student handbook for more details. If you know that someone is cheating but do not take steps to try to stop it, you are also helping to defeat the learning process. Document what you know and talk to someone who can help you decide what to do. The College’s academic honesty policy is at http://cobweb.creighton.edu/05/04/00/index.htm.