Research Papers on Business Ethics

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  • Illegal Workers and Ethical Responses

    In a paper of three pages, the writer looks at illegal workers. A case is made for civil disobedience as an ethical response. Paper uses three sources.

  • Wal-Mart's Illegal Immigrant Workers

    A 7 page paper discussing the ethical aspects of Wal-Mart's use of illegal immigrants. In 2003, federal agents arrested more than 300 illegal immigrant workers as they finished their shifts cleaning 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states. Wal-Mart avoided any problems of implementation by simply bringing all cleaning activities back in-house. It cannot hope to control the actions of other companies, but like its own customers, it can refuse to do business with them. Whatever savings the company gained from using contractors was more than offset by its single $11 million fine. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Examples Socially Responsible Companies

    This essay discusses two companies that are trying to provide a better world. Honest Tea produces an completely natural, organic, bottled tea and is heavily involved in social responsibility activities. Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc. is changing how plants of all sorts can be grown. It is able to produce a natural seed/spore that allows remarkable growth with less water. There are three sources used in this four page paper.


    Examines the ethics of Mark Hurd's leadership during his tenure at Hewlett-Packard. Discussions focus on the corporate spying and alleged sexual harassment scandals. There are 6 sources listed in the bibliography of this 7-page paper.

  • Overview of Ford Motor Company

    In eight pages this paper examines Ford Motor Company in terms of a general company overview and a concentration of employee related issues including discrimination and sexual harrassment cases with recommentations offered. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Career of The Body Shop Creator Anita Roddick

    Entrepreneur Anita Roddick's career and her enterprise The Body Shop are examined in 6 pages.

  • Is Corporate Social Responsibility in the Interests of Business and Society?

    This 10 page paper looks at the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and considers whether they are always in the interests of business and society. Different approaches to corporate social responsibility are discussed from the perspective of businesses and from the perspective of society as a whole in order to assess if, when and how CSR can be beneficial. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • The Approach of Multinational Corporations to the Ethical and Social Responsibilities

    The writer considers the way in which multinational organizations may then responsibilities in terms of ethical values and corporate social responsibility, discussing whether this is adopted as a result of optimistic values or as a profit maximization strategy. The concepts of ethical behavior and corporate responsibility are defined, and a number of different companies are used as examples to demonstrate the way different behavior patterns may be observed in the commercial environment. Thirteen sources are cited in the bibliography this eighteen page paper.

  • Should a Company Become a Carrier of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

    This 8 page paper discusses whether a company should formulate and implement company codes and policies as a carrier of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by looking at the benefits and the disadvantages of such a move. The paper look at the different perspective on corporate governance and argues that social responsibility and profit making are not always diametrically opposed. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Friedman and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman commented that "There is one and only one social responsibility of business to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say engages in free and open competition, without deception or fraud." This 3 page paper considers this view and discusses it in terms of corporate social responsibility and a firm's strategy. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Subjects

    The writer discusses the subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR) what the term means and then identified five areas which are is likely to see increased attention over the next decade. The issues discussed are those of global warming, the need for sustainability, child labor, the need for fair trade and the concept of environmental accounting. Twenty-five sources are cited in the bibliography of this twelve page paper.

  • Google in China

    Seven pages examining the ethical issues involved in Google's decision to operate two Chinese language sites, one self-censored within China and another uncensored site outside of China. The decision allows Google to operate within China law while also serving stakeholders. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethical Case Study; Is It Ethical for an Employee to Use Work Time for a Personal Projects?

    This 9 page paper discusses the ethics concerning an IT professional who has used the slack time at work to write a program for personal use. The program is to identify undervalued stocks on the stock market so that the employee can purchase them. The employee has made personal gains. The paper looks at the situation from a range of ethical perspectives including consequentialism, deontological theories and principilism to determine whether the employee has acted ethically or unethically. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Sound Engineering and Illumination

    In four pages a sound engineering and illumination issue overview is presented in a discussion of their interconnection, relevant principles, and recent engineering changes in these areas. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Overview of Engineering Ethics

    In twelve pages engineering ethics are considered in this overview that examines the withholding of public information by William LeMessurier concerning New York City's Citicorp building and the moral consequences of 'playing God.' Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Ethical Issues - Globalization - Cultural Diversity

    A 17 page paper. As might be anticipated, this paper discusses a myriad of issues and topics, beginning with a brief definition of culture and globalization. The writer discusses, in detail, globalization and cultural diversity, reporting and discussing arguments that promote the premise that globalization diminishes cultures and the primes that globalization may be an advantage. The next section discusses ethical issues inherent in globalization. These focus on a respect for cultural diversity. Examples are provided. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Google, Ethics and China

    The way Google have complied with Chinese government regulation towards censorship has been controversial with human rights activists. The writer looks at the issues faced by Google and the reason which may have been behind their decision to set up in China, with consideration of the ethical issues. Four sources are cited in the bibliography of this four page paper.

  • Business Ethics: Coca-Cola India

    In a paper of five pages, the writer looks at Coca-Cola India in the context of ethical business practice. Coca-Cola India's method for improving its negative public image through ethical works is explored. Paper uses six sources.

  • How to Increase the Emphasis on a Code of Ethics

    In recent times the emphasis placed on a code of ethics are a code of conduct has increased. The writer looks at the problems associated with implementing and enforcing a code of ethics or a code of conduct, and then the way in which enforcement may be enhanced. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography this four page paper.

  • Coca Cola Advertising's Impact

    In seven pages this paper discusses Coca Cola's advertising and marketing impacts upon consumer product purchasing. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Professional Morality, Ethics, Email Privacy, and System Administrators

    In ten pages this paper examines Internet privacy issues and ethical problems that confront many systems administrators. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Monitoring of Email and Internet Usage and Ethics

    In five pages this paper considers the ethical implications of Internet and email monitoring and offers a resolution that is both ethically as well as legally appropriate. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Sustainable Development; The Influence of the United Nations

    This 9 page paper looks at the contribution of the United Nations (UN) towards the development of the idea of ‘sustainable business practices’, evaluates the United Nations political influence and examines the different geographical and political agendas which have contributed towards the concept of sustainable development from this institution. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Work-Life Balance and its Effect on Ethical Decision Making

    A 28 page paper discussing how "workaholism" may affect individuals' ethical decision-making abilities. The paper includes a review of literature in work-life balance; a discussion of the philosophical base of ethical decision-making; and a review of how "labor saving" devices at home and work during the last half of the 20th century have resulted in less leisure time rather than more. When those individuals with poor work-life balance – whether by their own doing or through requirements of the employer – "live" the job, then they have little time to think before acting and merely react. The annotated bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Blood Diamonds

    A three page research paper that defines the term "blood diamonds" and its various synonyms, such as "conflict diamonds" and also discusses why this topic is extremely controversial in regards to human rights. The Works Cited page lists seven sources.

  • Retail Sector's Interpretation of Corporate Social Responsibility

    In six pages this paper discusses how the UK retail sector interprets corporate social responsibility with examples of the Tesco supermarket chain and Anita Roddick's Body Shop examples examined. Ten sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • CSR and PR Public Relations: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    In eight pages this paper examines public relations within the context of corporate social responsibility with Oxfam, Starbucks, The Cooperative Bank, The Body Shop, and Shell among the companies referenced. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.


    Discusses the importance of marketing as it pertains to corporate social responsibility. There are 5 sources listed in the bibliography of this 4-page paper.

  • Case Study: Askinosie Chocolate

    4 pages in length. The ethical/policy principles that seem important to Shawn Askinosie are those that improve the alliance between business and social foundations, which are reflected in Askinosie chocolate by virtue of his strict mission policies. Askinosie has set his sights upon making a premium quality dark chocolate in association with his quest to sidestep the traditional format of inequitable practices that took a majority of profits from the hands of those who actually grow the beans; with brokers and other middlemen entities, farmers retain meager financial support from selling their crop. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Case Study of Domino's Pizza

    In six pages business ethics are considered in this Domino's case study with problems of service delivery and satellite telecommunications discussed. There is no bibliography included.

  • Case Study Analysis on a Taxicab Driver

    Legal rights of a taxi driver are duly noted in this eight page research report that examines decisions. Financial aspects are explored in the context of this case that lists no references.

  • Exploring the Legality and Ethics of Drug Screening at Work

    There is no proof that drug testing identifies more than a very small number of drug abusers, but test results are used to discriminate against employees and job candidates. These are just a couple of the issues explored in this 5 page argumentative with 4 references.

  • Kant, Ethics, Drug Companies, and Drug Sales

    In seven pages the morality of physicians being provided with various incentives by drug companies in order to favor prescribing certain drugs over others is examined from a Kantian ethical standpoint. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Positive Accounting Theory and Environmental Accounting

    In five pages environmental accounting is examined in an assessment of the statement that positive environmental accounting explains financial account disclosure greening. Ten sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Business Ethical and Environmental Issues

    This paper discusses four issues: ethical tests for actions; need for government to ensure environmentally friendly actions; environmental sustainability; and online pharmacies. There are six sources listed in the bibliography of this four page paper.

  • Shell Oil and Environmental Sustainability

    In twenty four pages Shell's approaches to environmental sustainability are examined with model identifications and examples provided. Nineteen sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Incorporating Ethics and Social Responsibility

    Ethics and social responsibility need to be a focus in the organizational culture. People just know that this organization abides by certain ethical principals and that the organization will live up to its social responsibilities. This begins in the strategic planning process. An example is included in this paper. There are four sources listed in the bibliography of this four page paper.

  • Contemporary Corporate Sector and Social Responsibility

    In eight pages this paper discusses the roles ethics and social responsibility play in corporate management decision making. Nine sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Relationship of Ethics and Management Functions

    This three page paper reports the fact that ethical companies are more successful than unethical companies. How ethics and social responsibility are involved in the four functions of management is discussed. Enron is used as an example of doing things wrong. Three sources are cited on the bibliography page.


    The concept of combining ethics and social responsibility with strategic planning. There are 3 sources listed in the bibliography of this 4-page paper.

  • Texas Instruments Business Code Of Conduct

    A 4 page paper that reports and discusses this company's ethics code, business code of conduct and compliance. The writer reports the three questions to determine if a decision is ethical from the Institute of Business Ethics and compares them to TI's simple test. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Small Business And Entrepreneurship: Values, Ethics And Social Responsibility

    4 pages in length. To understand the broad scope of challenges that face small business owners is to realize the fundamental components associated with entrepreneurship. Indeed, the extent to which such industrialists must abide by certain standards of operation in order to be successful is both grand and far-reaching; that small business preparation and performance represent a mixture of concepts and real world issues speaks to the way in which owners incorporate various tenets that work best for their specific small businesses. However, there is one area Joyner (2002) discusses whereby all small business must comply if the owner expects it to thrive: values, ethics and social responsibility. No additional sources cited.

  • Ethics in Accounting Practice: Rules Based Accounting versus the Conceptual Framework

    This 4 page paper asks: will liberalizing the rules, while relying on a conceptual framework, result in an improved situation? Both sides of the issue are considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethics and Advertising

    In a paper that contains eight pages the motive for the existence of advertising through profit and persuasion are examined within the philosophies of John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant. There are seven bibliographic sources cited.

  • Business and Ethical Practices

    In five pages three questions pertaining to ethics in business, a Georgia commuity college and a consideration whether or not the term business ethics is an oxymoron are answered. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Article Analysis and Practical Applications of Ethics

    In three pages accounting ethics are discussed in an analysis of an article that practically applies information regarding a mortgage company to a consideration of ethics in business. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Improving Ethics In Finance And Corporate Governance

    A 5 page paper that begins with comments about how ethics emerged in the first place. The essay discusses the importance of ethics and comments on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and how this can be used to improve ethics in the company. An example of how one company changed its procedures to become more ethical is provided. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Ethics In Information Technology

    13 pages in length. Information Technology (IT) is arguably one of the most expansive and influential forms of advancement mankind has ever created; that it serves to connect, facilitate, market and educate the entire global community speaks to a human discovery of monumental value. Indeed, something so significant in a positive light must also harbor shortcomings that can be just as substantial, which is clearly the case with the ethical concerns inherent to IT. Considered the four most prevalent ethical issues in today's IT - privacy, accuracy, property and accessibility (PAPA) - they garner tremendous attention as the illustration of how imposing an otherwise beneficial human advancement can be to its own makers. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • A Dilemma of Ethics in the Workplace

    In a paper consisting of eight pages a fictional situation is presented in which a systems administrator must uphold high corporate ethics that are in place to protect the privacy of email in the workplace. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Scenario on Ethics in the Workplace

    In five pages this paper examines a scenario involving a coworker in this ethical problem and solution example. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Corporate Ethics

    In six pages this paper considers the significance of corporate ethics and business efforts to improve workplace ethics. Five sources are cited in the bibliography and a paper outline is also provided.

  • Current Thinking and Management Issues Regarding Corporate Governance

    In a paper consisting of twenty seven pages the state of corporate governance in light of the Enron scandal is considered in terms of lack of corporate board accountability to shareholders along with various management issues regarding improving corporate governance. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Proposal Paper: Tylenol Tampering Incidents

    This 3 page paper gives an example research proposal paper about the Tylenol tampering incidents in the 80's. This paper includes the cyanide poisoning incidents from 1982 and 1986. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Fair Trade

    A 4 page memo discussing fair trade as it relates to the international coffee industry. The concept of fair trade relative to subsistence farmers in developing countries ensures that small farmers receive sustainable prices for their goods while also encouraging sustainability in production. The memo recommends that a local coffee company commit to making a portion of its coffee sourced in fair trade. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Can The Coffee Trade be Fair on Farmers?

    Coffee is a popular drink, with the industry worth billions of dollars. The trade relies on exports from developing nations. The trade is characteristics by inequality. The writer looks at the trade and the way in which fair trade concepts have been applied to determine if the trade can ever be fair. Thirteen pages are cited in this six page paper.

  • Fast Food Culture

    This 14 page paper argues that the fast food industry has brought a fundamental change to the eating habits of people both in the United States and around the world, and that the change is not for the better. It also briefly discusses alternatives to fast food, such as the slow food movement. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Challenges and Practices for Ethical Recruitment

    The recruitment process is a potential ethical minefield. There are many areas within the recruitment process where unethical practices may take place, either purposefully or unintentionally. The writer examines the recruitment process and discusses areas such as advertising, interviewing and testing of candidates to determine areas where ethics needs to be considered to ensure that recruitment processes are fair and equitable. Twenty-two sources are cited in the bibliography this sixteen page paper.

  • Daycare Facilities and the Workplace

    Daycare centers in the workplace are examined from social, legal, and ethical perspectives in six pages. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Breast Implants and Dow Corning

    In five pages silicone gel usage in breast implants are exmined within the context of Dow Corning. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Bullying in the Workplace

    A fictitious scenario is presented in four pages in order to examine issues pertaining to bullying in the workplace. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • German Retail Industry Case and General Application of Business Ethics

    A three part paper consisting of sixteen pages explores business ethics and then applies philosophy to the concept with a discussion of the German retail industry and two models of corporate governance pertaining to the market in Germany also included. Fourteen sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Business and Ethics

    In four pages this paper considers companies and multinational corporations in an evaluation of the statement 'Ethics has no place in business.'

  • Business Ethics and Policy

    10 pages, 7 sources. This paper is an example of a proposal that would be created to determine a policy for business ethics. This paper outlines a proposal provided to an ethics committee of a board of directors for a company and discusses elements like the company ethics policy and ethics codes, as well as the way in which this policy relates to existing theories and research on business ethics. This paper is general and can be used to help define how company policy on ethics can be developed.

  • Two Articles Compared Regarding Business Ethics

    In a paper consisting of seven pages business ethics are considered as discussed in the opposing articles Sondra Wheeler's 'Christian Character: A Different Approach to Business Ethics' and Rushworth Kidder and Curtis Verschoor's 'Entering the Third Age of Ethics.' Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Business Ethics: An Overview

    In a paper of four pages, the writer looks at business ethics. Practical and moral justifications for business ethics are promoted. Paper uses two sources.

  • Examining Business Ethics

    The writer discusses the changes in ways of doing business in the last three decades, and examines the origins of business ethics. The writer asks whether ethics can be taught or must be ingrained, and also asks why businesses today abandon ethics for short-term profits. The paper is eight pages long and there are thirteen sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Managing Business Ethics: Tools and Techniques of Business Ethics Management

    This 10 page paper examines ethics in the business environment and how they may be determined and managed as well as the use of codes of ethics as specific tools t0 help with management and ethical guidance for companies and individuals. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Incidence of Bribery in the International Business Environment

    In ten pages international business is discussed with the focus on the incidence of bribery and efforts to curtail what has become an unethical 'business tool' that is used far too often because of its beneficial results. Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Computers and Usage of Security Blankets

    In seven pages this paper discusses how security blankets can be used in the protection of digital copyrights and prevention of computer security circumventing. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Ethics, Corporate Governance and Financial Management

    This 13 page paper, including a 1 page executive summary, looks at the way in which ethics will impact on corporate governance and financial management. The paper shows how the different ethical approaches will influence the financial management decision making process and reflect in the results companies report. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Types of Performance Assessments

    In sixteen pages this paper examines such performance assessment models as 360 degree appraisal, MBO, Behaviorally Anchored Ratings Scales, development and documentation, administrative, and TQM framework appraisals with several relevant topics also discussed. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Case Study of the Westchester Distributing Company

    This paper consists of seven pages and examines business kickbacks and fraud as they pertain to the Westchester Distributing Company.

  • Business Ethics and the Lawyer's Role

    In eight pages this paper examines business ethics' issues and the lawyer or solicitor's role with various conflicts and laws considered. Ten sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Legal Right Versus What's Right

    A 4 page paper that discusses the issue of having the right to do something versus what is right to do. The essay presents four situations that could emerge in a company and discusses the company's legal right to do it and explains why it is not the right thing to do. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Ethics Code, Progressive Discipline, and Conduct Code

    In four pages the process of progressive discipline is provided in an example along with the response to pertinent questions offered regarding whether or not a code of conduct can also be regarded as a code of ethics if it is nothing more than legal requirements restating, ways in which codes of ethics can be promoted, five employee behaviors that represent unjustified termination. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Marketing Ethics and Their Evolution from 1960 until 2001

    In twenty pages this paper examines how marketing ethics have evolved over this three decade period with various examples provided. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Journalistic Bias, Disasters, Relief and the Media

    In five pages this paper discusses the relationship that exists between relief agencies and journalists and the potential for media bias.

  • Nestle Case Study; Baby Milk Formula in the Developing World

    In the 1970’s and the 1980’s Nestle suffered as a result of their policies in the developing world for the sale of baby milk formula. This 20 page paper is written in two parts examining the problems that the company faced. The first part of the paper is written as a position paper and discusses whether the company should have continued selling the product in the developing world or if it would have been better for Nestle to withdraw from this market. The paper uses a range of ethical approaches to come to his decision. The second part of the paper looks at the issue form a public relations (PR) perspective, considering the mistakes that were made by Nestle, how and why they were made and the lessons that can be learnt. The bibliography cites 15 sources.

  • Enron And Corporate Culture

    A 4 page paper that begins with comments about the four disciplines that influence the field of organizational behavior. The essay identifies seven dimensions of organizational culture and briefly discusses these as they relate to Enron's corporate culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Business Cannot Ignore Pollution: It is a Matter of Life, Death, and Ethics

    In thirteen pages this paper examines the issue of industrial pollution and presents evidence to support the contention that the international business community cannot ignore the effects of pollution and considers environmental and health impacts, philosophical and Christian ethics, and what the government’s role should be in ensuring that business is held accountable for the damage inflicted by the pollution it generates. Nine sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Arguing Against Industry or Business Use of Polygraph Testing

    In three pages this paper argues against polygraph testing in the corporate sector as an invasion of employee privacy. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Arguing in Favor of Industry or Business Use of Polygraph Testing

    In three pages this paper argues in support of polygraph testing to be used on employees in the corporate sector. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Why Management Can Manipulate Records

    Our business world continues to be challenged with fraudulent activities and other wrongdoings. This essay discusses some of the issues with these activities that include the impact of codes of ethics, the fraud triangle, and how forensic accountants play a role. There are six sources used in this four page paper.

  • The Interpretation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK Retail Industry

    This 8 page paper looks at the way CSR has been interpreted by the retail industry in the UK. The paper defines what it meant by CSR, looks at the way it can observed in retail practices and uses examples from companies such as Tesco, Waitrose, The Body Shop and Marks and Spencer. The bibliography cites 15 sources.


    Discusses the ethics of various social networking situations, as they pertain to businesses. There is 1 source listed in the bibliography of this 7-page paper.

  • Social Responsibility and Business

    In three pages this paper examines both sides of the argument regarding social responsibility and business in a consideration whether business should be motivated solely by profit incentives or has a moral duty to society. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative: Social Impact Assessment

    This 3 page paper gives an example of social impact assessment that is needed to make a plan for corporate social responsibility. This paper includes discussions of environment, ethical business practices, and other human rights issues. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Software Design Systems Analysis and Ethics

    In three pages this research paper examines information technology, specifically software design and systems analysis in an examination of ethical considerations. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.


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