Week 1 discussion

In What Manner is Wal-Mart
Influencing America? (graded)

Perform an Internet search on, “Is Wal-Mart
Good for America?” Read the introduction and the interviews sections of
the PBS special. You can also visit Wal-Mart’s website via the course
Webliography. Then let’s discuss in what manner Wal-Mart is influencing
America.

  • Do
    Wal-Mart’s business practices raise or lower our standard of living? How?
    Why do you think this is so?
  • Is
    Wal-Mart’s business strategy fair and equitable to all parties? Why or why
    not?

Can
Social Entrepreneurship Succeed? (graded)

It is generally understood that
social entrepreneurs are people with creative and innovative solutions for
society’s problems. They are possessed by their ideas and are committed to
changing society for the better. Perform an Internet search to read more about
social entrepreneurs at the Skoll Foundation’s website, then address the
following in separate paragraphs:

What are the risks for a social entrepreneur? What are the benefits for a
social entrepreneur? What are the similarities and differences between business
entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, and why is this important to consider?

Can social entrepreneurship be successful in our capitalistic society? What
should be changed in our capitalistic society to assist social entrepreneurs in
becoming successful?

Week 2 discussion

International Trade or Stay Close to Home? (graded)

Most of the world’s population
lives outside the United States. However, many U.S. companies, especially small
businesses, still do not engage in international trade. Why do you think this
is the case? If you were a small business owner, would you want to engage in
international trade? Why?

Industrialized Versus Developing (graded)

The United States is considered
to be an industrialized nation because we have such a high standard of living.
Countries with lower standards of living are considered to be emerging or
developing nations. What factors prevent developing countries from becoming
developed? Why? What are the responsibilities of industrialized nations to
developing nations in this regard? Why?

Week 3 discussions

Socially Responsible? (graded)

Will there ever be a single set
of international rules governing multinational companies? In what way are
United States businesses demanding socially responsible behavior from their
international suppliers? Why is this important to discuss?

Is It a Matter of Ethics? (graded)

An acquaintance of yours in your
class has just asked you if he or she could copy a paper you wrote for another
instructor last semester. Chances seem good that last semester’s instructor and
your current course instructor don’t talk with one another much. Given that,
what are your alternatives? What are the consequences of each?

Would this situation have been easier to resolve if you had asked yourself the
three ethical test questions listed in this week’s assigned chapter?

Week 4

Effects
of Information Technology on Management (graded)

Evaluate and discuss the human
resource, security, privacy, and stability issues affected by information
technology. The increase of information technology has affected management
greatly. The best guess is that it will probably continue to do so. Given that,
discuss the issues from the perspective of change and change management. What
is the impact of such issues on the management of information technology?
Conversely, what is the effect of information technology on management? Why is
this important to discuss? In what way does information technology and
management impact what you do at your job on a day-to-day basis? Why do you
think this is important to discuss?

Financial
Order or Financial Martial Law (graded)

Read the Legal Briefcase:
Financial Order or Financial Martial Law? article found on page 501 in Chapter
18 of the textbook.

Consider EFMs and how they are
used. The article posits that EFMs might expand beyond Michigan to other
states. Also, oversight boards have been given powers similar to those powers
that EFMs hold.

Discuss the article as well as
the impact EFMs have on cities, towns, and school districts. What are EFMs? Are
EFMs the financial solution to distressed communities? To what extent do EFMs
provide order and stability? How? How would you feel if an EFM was appointed to
oversee and manage your local school district? Why? What would be your course
of action? Why?

Week 5

Communication:
In a Promotional Way, of Course (graded)

What kinds of problems can emerge
if a firm does not communicate with environmentalists, news media, and local
community? What are the consequences if a firm chooses to ignore such
stakeholder groups? Do you know of any real cases in this regard?

Blogs,
Podcasts, and Social Media: Oh My! (graded)

How have blogging, pod casting,
and social media affected other media you use, such as news sites, newspapers,
or television? Do you think blogging is an influential word-of-mouth
promotional tool?

Week 6

Discn

What!?
Me!? A Manager!? (graded)

A number of learners in our
business programs aspire to a management position within their organizations.
In some cases, the aspiration includes that of a senior leadership position
within the organization. Maybe you have contemplated such ideas. Maybe youshouldcontemplate such ideas. Given this
information:

1. Discuss with your colleagues management, promotions, and leadership in
either your current organization or maybe a new organization that you might
consider working for.

2. What kind of leader do you think that you would be? Do you have any
information or experience to support your self-perceived leadership style?

Workers
and Robots: Fair and Equitable? (graded)

It seems that robots and other
machines are replacing workers in a manufacturing facility. On one hand, this
allows companies to compete with relatively inexpensive labor from other
countries. On the other hand, the perception might be that automation displaces
jobs and the types of job available.

With your course colleagues, discuss this situation. Here are some questions to
help start the discussion.

1. Are you concerned that
automation may increase unemployment or underemployment in the United States and
around the world?

2. Is using robotic technology in a factory in the United States a fair and
equitable solution to the high cost of human labor?

Week 7 disn

Effects
of Information Technology on Management (graded)

Evaluate and discuss the human
resource, security, privacy, and stability issues affected by information
technology. The increase of information technology has affected management
greatly. The best guess is that it will probably continue to do so. Given that,
discuss the issues from the perspective of change and change management. What
is the impact of such issues on the management of information technology?
Conversely, what is the effect of information technology on management? Why is
this important to discuss? In what way does information technology and
management impact what you do at your job on a day-to-day basis? Why do you
think this is important to discuss?

Financial
Order or Financial Martial Law (graded)

Read the Legal Briefcase:
Financial Order or Financial Martial Law? article found on page 501 in Chapter
18 of the textbook.

Consider EFMs and how they are
used. The article posits that EFMs might expand beyond Michigan to other
states. Also, oversight boards have been given powers similar to those powers
that EFMs hold.

Discuss the article as well as
the impact EFMs have on cities, towns, and school districts. What are EFMs? Are
EFMs the financial solution to distressed communities? To what extent do EFMs
provide order and stability? How? How would you feel if an EFM was appointed to
oversee and manage your local school district? Why? What would be your course
of action? Why?