American Business Culture & Ethics (BU 510)


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In January 2010, a group of Wagner College Business Administration students visited Hawaii to study first-hand the differences between business culture and ethics on the American mainland and in an island state that serves as a cultural bridge to East Asia. The trip supplemented a classroom course that was taught in the Spring 2010 semester. To see the video presentation that accompanies this Power Point, go to

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American Business Culture & Ethics (BU 510)

  1. 1. American Business, Culture & Ethics Dr. Moran BU510
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>January 5-15, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, HI </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hilton Waikoloa Village <ul><li>Most resourceful elements of this resort are the modes of transportation: the monorail and boat transportation allowing various ways to get from one part of the resort to another.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hotel Employment <ul><li>There are 1,200 employees currently working at the Waikoloa Village and they are continuing to look for even more. </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs on the resort range anywhere from maintenance, to security, to guest services, to waitressing, to sitting by the waterslide and making sure everyone goes down at a safe/appropriate time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Overall, the Hilton hotels generated $178 million however, the year before it was $159 million. Any form of increase in earnings is a positive effect on a business.   </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hotel Culture <ul><li>Art throughout resort </li></ul><ul><li>$7 million worth of art </li></ul>
  7. 7. Volcano Island Honey Company <ul><li>VIHC is a small family owned and operated honey business that has been producing this rare and unique honey, Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey, from a single kiawe forest on the Big Island of Hawaii for 27 years. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Volcano Island Honey Company (cont.) <ul><li>The beekeeper: Richard Spiegel </li></ul><ul><li>Had a law practice in Washington DC but left it travel </li></ul><ul><li>“ Settled down“ and moved to the Kiawe forest where he continued to work with the bees to increase the availability of this exquisite honey. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Kona Coffee Factory <ul><li>Kona Coffee was started on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Most expensive coffee in the US, but also the most sought after </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chocolate Factory <ul><li>Popular business in Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Background of factory </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chocolate Factory (cont.) <ul><li>Process of making & selling chocolate </li></ul>
  12. 12. Papaya Factory <ul><li>Tour of the factory </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting fact: Inmates work there </li></ul>
  13. 13. Luau <ul><li>Food (Pig roast) </li></ul><ul><li>Dances </li></ul>
  14. 14. Historical Park <ul><li>Tour guide brought us on a tour of the park </li></ul><ul><li>Told us stories about ancient kings and gods and how they came to power. </li></ul><ul><li>He also told us an interesting </li></ul><ul><li>story about how the sharks used </li></ul><ul><li>to come to feed years and years ago </li></ul><ul><li>and still to this day, </li></ul><ul><li>the sharks come back </li></ul><ul><li>to the same spot. </li></ul>* Photography by Kevin Thomas
  15. 15. Business Interviews <ul><li>All of us conducted interviews with 2 small businesses (stores, restaurants, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Island Silversmith (Sally) </li></ul><ul><li>Economy has had an effect on the store </li></ul><ul><li>Less purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Most people come in </li></ul><ul><li>to look but do not buy </li></ul><ul><li>anything </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>In conclusion, Hawaii was an extraordinary experience. We were able to tour small businesses in Hawaii and learn how they relate to businesses on the mainland. It was fascinating to go on tours of factories and talk to owners that taught us about the business aspects of the companies. Overall, it was a fun, educational trip that enabled us to expand our horizons  </li></ul>
  17. 17. A l o h a ! !
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