I’m looking everywhere for inspiration for AKPsi’s next shirt. I think this is a good place to start… ROWDYHEADS were founded by Carlos Vazquez and Nick Terry, both former members of Alpha Kappa Psi at UTSA. I am very proud of that fact and as Vice President of Marketing I plan on taking advantage of this product and incorporating it into our brand.
Based on THIS article, is there an ethical issue?
In this situation, Ford Motor Company is under scrutiny for releasing some questionable advertisements last week. The advertisements originated from their Indian unit which used an advertising agency outside of Ford, called JWT India. As of today, it’s still unclear whether anyone at Ford India had actually approved or even seen the ads. Either way, these ads have been labeled “Disgusting” and “Demeaning to women”. Needless to say, the ads caused a sever uproar with online consumers.
The ethical situation here is obvious once you’ve seen the ad. For any company to connect their organization with such a blatantly sexist advertisement is risky to say the least. Many news readers have even used the word “stupid” and it really is. It’s just logic and common sense. Even hinting at the fact that men are superior to women is unethical; and untrue. Not to mention the fact that women (in India) are already in the spotlight from recently passed violence against women laws. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. Ford has been in the game a long time and will probably remain here for many years to come. All Ford can do is learn from this error and keep moving forward.
This article honestly surprises me and the advertisement surprises me even more. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Ford expressed genuine shock and concern for this event. Their first action was to apologize to the public and locate the source of such advertisements. This was honestly the only option that Ford had. There’s no point in trying to deny or cover up their mistakes. We all make mistakes, and I think as people we must learn to be accepting of others mistakes.
Based on THIS; What is the ethical solution?
- There has been much controversy over the recently passed Obamacare. Domino’s in particular is feeling the pressure from the health care plan. Domino pizza officials claim the chain is going to have trouble complying with a mandate requiring fast-food restaurants to post the calorie makeup of their menu items. Apparently there are 33 million ways to sell a Domino’s Pizza, so putting calories in a menu for 33 million varieties is understandably difficult. Domino’s CEO, J. Patrick Doyle works with federal regulators to best handle the unique challenges presented to his business.
- The issue here is that the new health care plan is directly causing this business to struggle with management decisions. Some think that such mandates are unreasonable to ask of companies such as Domino’s. CEO, J. Patrick Doyle is most likely tempted to cut corners on counting calories because of the time and moneyit will save. This of course would be unethical because every business is to abide by the mandate.
- I believe that Domino’s CEO is handling the situation in the most rational and ethical way possible. Obamacare presented a roadblock for the company and instead of complaining or trying to fight it, Mr. Doyle is working with regulators and trying to adapt to the new changes. I commend him for his actions. Most people would cringe at the amount of work there is to do, but he’s embracing it and moving forward. More businesses should do business like Domino’s.
The idea of this event is to practice pitching yourself to potential employers in under a minute. Not an easy task by any means. How would you describe your career goals to a complete stranger? First of all, the person you are talking to should not be a stranger. You should at least research who you’re interviewing with to be better prepared. If you don’t know the person you want to pitch yourself to, as was the case in this event, politely introduce yourself and make that connection with the person.
At the Career Action Program Conference the students learned the importance of Elevator Speeches and how they allow us to make the right impression. An elevator speech is a short (30-60 second) sound bite that succinctly and memorably introduces yourself. It spotlights your uniqueness and focuses on the benefits you provide. A successful elevator speech should be delivered effortlessly. There are 5 components to a successful elevator speech:
- Introduce yourself. Hello, my name is _________.
- What you are passionate about. Involvement in job or organizations.
- Why you’re the best at what you do. Differentiate yourself with experience.
- What you are trying to achieve. Job, internship, networking.
I’d say that the event went very well. Business professionals from several companies including UTSA were in attendance. Each student was given the opportunity to meet with these representatives and pitch themselves. All of the students seemed as though they had practiced, it was a little intimidating at first. Some of the advice we were given was to just know yourself and what you want to say. After delivering my elevator speech a handful of times, my speech noticeably became more comfortable and confident. After all I am a full-time student and a member of several organizations, so I should have a lot to talk about. By the end of the event, my final elevator speech sounded something like this:
Hello, my name is Taylor Henderson. I am a Junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, specializing in marketing. Along with a full class schedule, I’ve joined several professional business organizations at UTSA, two of which I hold leadership positions. Being an active member in these organizations has certainly allowed me to work with a wide range of individuals, as well as manage time between several responsibilities. I am currently seeking an internship or entry level position with your company, I’d like to discuss potential opportunities with you at your convenience. How might an ambitious worker like myself benefit from working with your company?
Based on THIS article. Who is more unethical?
1. Recently, Walmart employees have begun to go on strike across America. Cities such as Dallas, Seattle, Miami, Washington D.C., Sacramento and San Francisco have all seen workers go on strike. According to the employees, Walmart is guilty of trying to silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.
2. Last Friday in Los Angeles, 60 employees walked out on their job at Walmart. Maybe it’s justified by the workers’ unhappiness with conditions, but initiating a strike doesn’t exactly solve the problem and may even exacerbate things. I think that the employees are unethical for striking. We should all know how much we’re worth, and we shouldn’t assume that Walmart knows. Employees haven’t been effectively stating their needs as far as payment and conditions go before beginning to work for Walmart. Employees are paid to work and that’s it. If you are unsatisfied with your job at Walmart then you get a better job that you’re happy with. You don’t quit without notice and attempt to hinder the company’s business. This act alone is unethical because the company hasn’t forced you to do anything against your will.
3. Both the employer and the employee have the power to fix this problem. Communication is the key to accomplishing this. For instance, Walmart could implement a program for employees to talk about conditions and any improvements that they would like to see. This would allow the workers to feel that they were being heard and can actually contribute to the company. On the other hand, employees need to know exactly where they stand with their employer. If they have concerns or issues, they need to bring those up with their superiors in order to handle the matter. Strikes don’t solve problems, people do.
Based on THIS article. Where is the ethical line?
1. When can foreign business customs go too far? It is certainly a nice gesture when someone bestows a gift to an employee, client or service provider, but there is a line between gift giving and bribery. Baoying Qi says she was simply displaying Chinese business customs when she “donated” $200 to a building inspector. Officials revoked her business license at the time, but it wasn’t long before she was fighting for it back by defending the century-old Chinese tradition. The licensing board considered the underlying facts and once again, unanimously agreed the explanation of cultural differences is not credible.
2. There are two problems with this situation. Either Ms. Qi is a liar or she really does believe in the old Chinese tradition. Either way there are several ethical issues. The Chinese may have their traditions when it comes to business, but so does America. When a gift is given with the expectation of receiving something in return, the gift ceases to be a gift and it is considered payment. It is unethical to pay someone to not do their job to the best of their abilities and knowledge just because it helps you. If this was a reality then there would be no trust between employers and employees.
3. I believe that Ms. Qi should familiarize herself with the way we do things here in America. It may not be the best system, but the rules are there for a reason. With this type of business structure, individuals are able to thrive if they put in the necessary work. If we allow unethical business practices such as bribery, then no one has to work for their success. Every problem can’t be solved by throwing money at it. Gift giving is fine, but there is a fine line between gifts and bribes. It would do us all good to recognize that line.
I’m taking this ethics class this semester. It’s a bit more difficult than I had anticipated, but I’m actually starting to see a big difference between right and wrong. In the course, the students are required to write weekly commentaries on recent ethical issues in business. This assignment was very intimidating at first, but I’ve gotten considerably better since my first submission It’s actually surprised me how many ethical business issues are still happening today and I think that’s the point of the assignment.
In order to receive an adequate grade on each commentary, we are expected to identify a moral issue with a current business practice. We do this by utilizing our local, national, or international news sources (NPR.org, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, etc.) The use of blogs is unacceptable. There are three parts to every commentary:
1. Briefly summarize the article. Who are the persons, groups, or organizations with a direct or indirect stake in the situation being described?
2. Briefly identify the moral issue; what are the ethical dimensions of the situation? What is the possibility of direct or indirect harm being caused to various persons, groups, or organizations? Who is (or should be) held ultimately responsible for these harms? Are there other concerns besides harm? For example, is this a situation where one value (say, individual or collective rights) is in conflict with another value (say, the idea of fairness, or justice)?
3. WHAT DO YOU THINK about this situation and WHY DO YOU THINK IT? This SHOULD NOT refer to things like if you thought it was a good or bad article, or whether or not it was well written, or influential. This SHOULD refer to the content of the article. What do you think? You MUST provide reasons for what you think.
Like I said, it’s an intimidating assignment, but it teaches a valuable lesson. I’ll be posting my commentaries here and there. Pleas let me know what you think!