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Business Law Chapter 7 Homework Should The Wishes The Owners Whether One

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Book Title
Applied Business Ethics: A Skills-Based Approach 1st Edition
Authors
Dean Bredeson
MODULE 7: Milton Friedman and Shareholder Ethics
Core Module Issues:
What did Friedman have to say about the shareholder model?
Is a corporate leader ever obligated to consider the “stakeholders”?
Module Teaching Notes
This module looks at the shareholder model, and Milton Friedman's ideas, in more detail.
You should, for the most part, recap the ideas presented with the last module to start. Then, layer in some
additional Milton Friedman quotes. You might want to give a brief biography he served the White House
on three occasions, and is one of the two leading American economists of the second half of the 20th
century.
Now, there is less “new” information to present in a lecture with this module than usual. But, there is a fix
that will keep the amount of class time spent on the module about the same as the others.
Cengage produced nine of the scenarios in these modules into video clips that are available free to
instructors via South-Western’s Digital Video Library. To access the DVL, log in to your Cengage Faculty
Account at login.cengage.com, select “Digital Video Library Instant Access Code” when you add the
Bredeson text to your Bookshelf, and then click on the “Business Law Digital Video Library Online Access”
link under “Additional Resources”.
I worked on the production this summer and fall, and I am very pleased with how they turned out. The
football owners' scenario with the module is the first of the video clips. The actor playing the older brother
did a particularly good job.
At any rate, I would highly advise running the video clip [“Football” in the DVL “Business Ethics” series]
before discussing the scenario. The point of this book is the generate student interest in ethics, and I think
the video clips will all add to accomplishing that goal.
The scenario is meant to be fun, and to attract the interest of students who might be sometimes difficult to
reach. Even “reluctant scholars” often have strong opinions on sports and are willing to express them in
class. I would advise paying particular attention to new hands” that go up, maybe for the first time, with this
module, and calling on those students first.
If you are encouraging, you may find that some of them will become more regular contributors to class
discussions. “That wasn't so bad”, they may think after volunteering their point of view.
Keep in mind when you go through the usual 5 questions with the scenario that the overall point raised here
is: what if ALL of the stakeholders (other than the owner himself) want to go one way, and the owner wants
to go another way. If the owner ethically obligated to consider the wishes of anyone else?
This presentation is a bit different than the others in this unit, because the football team has a single owner
with more than a 50% stake. It is “his” organization. But I wanted to simplify the issue and present the
owner as a single person, and not a group of investors.
The shareholder model can still be validly addressed, I think. Should the wishes of the owners (whether one
or one million) win, or should the wishes of the stakeholders win?
Discussion Points for Scenario Questions
1. If you were Lenny, to what degree would you consider the other stakeholders described in
this scenario? If you were the president of a football team owned by shareholders in the same
situation, to what degree would you consider the other stakeholders described in this scenario?
A. SAME ANSWER DOES “MIGHT MAKE RIGHT”, REGARDLESS OF
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN OWNERSHIP?
2. Was it “wrong” for Lenny to ignore the other stakeholders' wishes?
1. WAS THE INFRACTION NOT SERIOUS ENOUGH?
2. WAS IT WRONG TO IGNORE THE STAKEHOLDERS?
1. WAS IT A COUREGEOUS DECISION, OR DOES THAT GO
TOO FAR?
3. Lenny, as majority owner, can't be fired for his decision. If the CEO of a “normal”
corporation goes against the wishes of his stakeholders, should he or she be fired? Or is part of
leadership making tough decisions, even if they are widely unpopular?
4. Of the real players in the introduction and the fictional quarterback in the scenario, which
would you have wanted to be cut or traded from your favorite team?
_____ Michael Vick (conviction related to dog fighting)
_____ Plaxico Burris (convicted on a weapons charge)
_____ Ben Roethlisberger (allegations of sexual assault but no criminal charges)
_____ John Walters (fictional drunken streaking in strip club parking lot caught on tape)
[NOTE: YOU MAY WISH TO ELABORATE ON THE THREE “REAL” CASES
ABOVE EVEN, PERHAPS, GOING SO FAR AS TO SHOW PICTURES
FROM YOU LAPTOP, ETC.]
[NOTE: PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION HERE AGAIN FOR “FIRST TIME”
COMMENTORS AND CALL ON THEM FIRST.]
5. Assume that after Walters is cut, the Goliaths miss the playoffs. If you had season tickets,
would you renew them? As a voting taxpayer, would you be more or less likely to vote in favor
of taxpayer dollars being used to support the team in the future? As an assistant coach, would
you look for a position with another team?
1. RENEW: TEAM LOYALTY? APPRECIATE CUTTING THE
PLAYER?
2. NOT RENEW: SAME FOR ALL LOSING SEASONS, OR IS THIS
ONE WORSE?
B. TAXPAYER DO YOU SUPPORT SPENDING PUBLIC MONEY ON
STADIUMS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

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