Questions for Readings:
- Is “business ethics” a contradiction in terms?
Pay particular attention to the “Help Henry” exercise and Alan Greenspan’s Harvard Commencement Speech. You are not obligated to agree with any perspectives in the “Help Henry” exercise or Mr. Greenspan’s speech, but you are expected to consider the question with care; state a clear conclusion; and support your conclusion with convincing arguments.
- Are there any values or virtues necessary for free economies to flourish? If so, what are they? How can they be fostered?
- Do Americans share any ethical values? If so, what are they?
- The Declaration of Independence refers to the “pursuit of happiness.” Should the word “pleasure” be substituted for “happiness”? Why/Why not? Explain your answer.
- Agree or disagree with the following comment from a student found responsible for cheating. Be sure to explain your answer:
- Is engaging in cheating fair to honest students?
- I don’t think of it like that. I know some students do. But the attitude is generally, this is the way it is. When they work, a lot of these kids, either their fathers work in business, whatever they do, they get a shortcut—the other guy doesn’t. That’s the way I look at it. If I’m sharp enough to know the right people to get what I need, and he’s not, then that’s the point of the whole thing.
- Read the “Sample Dialogue: A case of cheating” and answer questions G (1), (2), and (3), referring to the appropriate question number and letter at the beginning of your answer.
G (1). What do you find convincing in the dialogue? Why? What is unconvincing? Why?
G (2). On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being excellent), how would you rate the dialogue? Please explain your answer.
G (3). Pick any one of the dean’s answers or comments in the dialogue. Rewrite the answer or comment to reflect a better argument, from the dean’s point of view.
- What is the single most important thing the University can do to promote academic integrity on campus? Please thoroughly explain your answer.
- Do you agree or disagree with Professor Couser, author of the “Dear Plagiarist” article. Why? What are two main points he is trying to communicate to students in this article.