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“Assessing Stakeholder Positions” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, use the provided map in Figure 1.4 of the textbook to classify each of Kellogg’s stakeholders according to each stakeholder’s salience to the company. Suggest two (2) potential disadvantages associated with your classification of each stakeholder, and provide two (2) recommendations geared toward helping to minimize the potential adverse effects of your stakeholder placement on the company.
  • According to Lawrence & Weber, aspects within the external environment of an organization are key considerations for analyzing the relationship between business and the society. Using Figure 1.6 in the textbook, examine one (1) dynamic force for its potential impact on a company of your choice. Specify two (2) fundamental reasons why the chosen company should pay particular attention to the dynamic force that you have examined within its external environment. Provide a rationale for your response.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, analyze two (2) environments within Abercrombie & Fitch with respect to the salient stakeholders’ influence within the environments that you identified. Determine two (2) potential risks to the salient stakeholders’ relationships with the company as a result of the company’s position that it only wants “thin and beautiful people” shopping in its store. Next, suggest two (2) risk mitigation methods that Abercrombie & Fitch could utilize. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • From the discussion case in Chapter 2, determine the degree to which Coca-Cola’s action is consistent with corporate social responsibility. Provide support for your rationale.

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“Business Ethics and Ethical Reasoning” Please respond to the following:

  • Give an example of one (1) ethical dilemma you encountered recently. Using Figure 4.6 in the textbook, apply one (1) of the four methods of ethical reasoning to the dilemma in question, and examine two to three (2-3) advantages and disadvantages of your chosen method. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • From the e-Activity, question the rationale behind GlaxoSmithKline’s unethical activities. Hypothesize the major reasons why the pharmaceutical giant’s leadership may have encouraged such activities to go on for so long. Next, infer the most damaging potential adverse effects that the government’s ruling may have on GlaxoSmithKline, and propose two (2) possible actions that the company could implement in order to shift its culture toward that of a more responsible organization. Justify your response.

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“Globalization and Corporate Citizenship” Please respond to the following:

  • From the first e-Activity, select one (1) economic system, and assess the degree to which environmental forces within that economic system in question have helped or hindered globalization efforts of companies operating under that system. Support your response with at least two (2) specific examples that illustrate the impact that such environmental forces have on globalization efforts within your chosen economic system.
  • From the second e-Activity, use the Stages of Global Corporate Citizenship in Figure 7.1 of the textbook to evaluate the appropriateness of Nestlé’s global sustainability development efforts. Based on your evaluation, determine the stage of global corporate citizenship in which Nestlé best fits. Provide a rationale for your rationale.

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“Business and Government Relations” Please respond to the following:

  • From the discussion case in Chapter 8, examine the argument for and against the regulation of derivatives. Suggest at least two (2) reasons the government should or should not regulate the trading of derivatives. Provide a rationale for your suggestions.
  • From the e-Activity, debate it: Lobbyists should not be permitted to have unlimited access to government officials. Justify your response.

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“Sustainable Development and the Environment” Please respond to the following:

  • From the first e-Activity, analyze two (2) reasons why a corporation is able to justify its participation in the LEED certification program as responsible environmental management, considering the associated costs. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • From the second e-Activity, examine the most important ways in which the company that you have researched is implementing sustainable development. Evaluate the extent to which the sustainable development program contributes to profitability for the company in question. Provide at least two (2) examples of the profits the company has made to support your response.

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“Technological Advancements and Challenges” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, examine one (1) situation where the majority of citizens agree that the government’s use of technology to conduct surveillance on unsuspecting citizens is justifiable. Considering the government’s efforts in thwarting potential terrorist attacks, assess the degree to which citizens’ privacy concerns are valid. Justify your response.
  • From the second e-Activity, examine the key ways in which the company that you selected benefits from the influences of changing technological forces. Next, suggest two (2) potential threats that could result from your chosen company’s use of technology and
  • two (2) approaches that the company could take to overcome the identified threats.

“Consumer and Shareholder Protection” Please respond to the following:

  • According to the text, recent disclosures of corporate scandals and unethical business practices have heightened the government and society’s attention to exorbitant CEO salaries. Examine the fundamental rationale behind corporations’ decisions to pay executives such high salaries. Based on the discussion case in Chapter 14, judge whether the mandate under Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Act sufficiently protects stockholders’ rights and interests from been abused by business executives. Justify your response.
  • From the e-Activity, give your opinion on whether or not the companies responsible for the product recalls that you researched addressed those recalls in an effective manner. Suggest the manner in which manufacturers, retailers, and consumers should share responsibility for the safe use of the consumer products you researched. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Managing Employees and Diverse Workforce” Please respond to the following:

  • Based on the discussion case in Chapter 16, examine two (2) pros and two (2) cons of the Pennsylvania Geisinger Health System’s decision to refuse to hire smokers. Give your opinion on whether or not the decision is sound, and provide a rationale to support your response.
  • From the e-Activity, analyze the significant ways in which the company you selected is using a diverse workforce to its advantage. Suggest two to three (2-3) potential challenges that could affect a company composed of a diverse workforce. Provide one (1) specific example of the effects on the company for each potential challenge.
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“Community Efforts and Managing Public Relations” Please respond to the following:

  • According to the text, businesses enhance their reputation and build trust when they address community needs in a positive way. State your opinion on whether you agree or disagree with this statement. Support your response with at least one (1) example of a well-known business that has improved its reputation through community outreach.
  • From the e-Activity, propose two (2) creative strategies that Carnival Cruise Lines could adopt in addition to current efforts in order to improve its image and regain its customer base. Next, suggest two (2) approaches that any company could use in order to minimize potential adverse effects that bad public relations cause. Provide two (2) examples for each approach that demonstrate its potential impact on a company’s image.
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    • From the first e-Activity, select one (1) economic system, and assess the degree to which environmental forces within that economic system in question have helped or hindered globalization efforts of companies operating under that system. Support your response with at least two (2) specific examples that illustrate the impact that such environmental forces have on globalization efforts within your chosen economic system.
    • From the second e-Activity, use the Stages of Global Corporate Citizenship in Figure 7.1 of the textbook to evaluate the appropriateness of Nestlé’s global sustainability development efforts. Based on your evaluation, determine the stage of global corporate citizenship in which Nestlé best fits. Provide a rationale for your rationale.
  • “Globalization and Corporate Citizenship” Please respond to the following: