Week 10 ethics

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Week 10 ethics

  1. 1. MGX5020: Business ethics in a global environment Week 10: Confucianism, Christianity and Business Practices www.monash.edu.au
  2. 2. Your Tutor (me) Nathan Eva – nathan.eva@monash.edu – 9903 4065 – Building N Level 5 Room 14 – www.slideshare.net/nathaneva www.monash.edu.au 2
  3. 3. Previous Cases 1. 2. 3. 4. The Ford Pinto Enron Sweatshop Labour Shell in Nigeria www.monash.edu.au 3
  4. 4. Confucianism • • • • Does a Confucian ethic help us identify the ethical issues in these cases? Does it offer us a method by which these problems might be averted? What are the benefits offered to business practices from a Confucian perspective? What are the costs? www.monash.edu.au 4
  5. 5. Christianity • • • What is emphasised by a Christian ethic? What rules or principles are followed? Can a Christian ethic identify the problematic issues regarding this case? Does it offer guidance by which these sorts of problems might be avoided? www.monash.edu.au 5
  6. 6. Niall Ferguson: Civilisation http://rutube.ru/video/686d0549c5d90524a628d7b270 292a6a/ • What is the Christian influence on the capitalist work ethic www.monash.edu.au 6
  7. 7. Cadbury and the Kraft Takeover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uREmBJiafHw • Compare the Bournville story of the Christian influence on business practices with Niall Ferguson’s story. • What are the similarities? • What about the differences? • Do you think it is appropriate to embody religious principles in organisational culture? What benefits might it offer? What are some potential problems? www.monash.edu.au 7
  8. 8. Religion in Organisational Culture • Do you think it is appropriate to embody religious principles in organisational culture? • What benefits might it offer? • What are some potential problems? www.monash.edu.au 8

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