Ethical Issues in Business Report Part 1 – Background (Due Topic 3)


Ethical Issues in Business Report Part 1 – Background (Due Topic 3)

 

For this assignment, select a company from the following list:

  1. Adelphia Communications Corporation
  2. Arthur Andersen LLP
  3. Coca-Cola
  4. Countrywide Financial
  5. Galleon Group
  6. Global Crossing Ltd.
  7. ImClone Systems Inc.
  8. Microsoft
  9. Monsanto
  10. Nike
  11. Tyco International
  12. WorldCom

If you would prefer to complete this assignment using another company that has experienced an ethical crisis but is not included in the list of suggested companies, you must first obtain approval from your instructor.

 

Research the business and the ethical crisis the company has faced. Write a background summary report of 1,000 to 1,500 words. Your report should accomplish the following:

  1. Summarize relevant information regarding the business and its history.
  2. Summarize the crisis. What stakeholders were involved? What actions did they take? What were the results of those actions?
  3. Explain the legal and ethical issues surrounding the crisis.
  4. Include a minimum of four academic citations.

 

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Students should receive instructor feedback on this assignment by Topic 4.

 

 

RUBRIC:

 

 

 

  1

Unsatisfactory

0.00%

2

Less than Satisfactory

65.00%

3

Satisfactory

75.00%

4

Good

85.00%

5

Excellent

100.00%

 
70.0 %

Content

 
15.0 %

Summary of Relevant Information Regarding the Business and Its History

Subject knowledge is not or is poorly demonstrated. No summary of relevant information regarding the business and its history is present; or it is inappropriate and/or irrelevant. Subject knowledge is unclear and/or inconsistent. A summary of relevant information regarding the business and its history is incomplete, vague, and/or irrelevant. Subject coverage is marginal, with gaps in presentation. Some subject knowledge is evident. A basic summary of relevant information regarding the business and its history is presented, but contains some inconsistencies Supporting material is of baseline acceptable quality and quantity. Subject knowledge appears to be solid. Provides a clear summary of relevant information regarding the business. Presentation of its history is well developed and accurate. Provides supporting material of good quality and quantity. Demonstrates thorough subject knowledge and understanding. A summary of relevant information regarding the business and its history is comprehensive, accurate, and clearly provides purpose and well-integrated facts. Research is thorough, current, and relevant.  
15.0 %

Summary of the Crisis, the Stakeholders, Actions, and Results

Subject knowledge is not or is poorly demonstrated. No summary of the ethical crisis, the stakeholders, the actions taken, and the results is present; or, it is inappropriate and/or irrelevant. Subject knowledge is unclear and/or inconsistent. A summary of the ethical crisis, the stakeholders, the actions taken, and the results is incomplete, vague, and/or irrelevant. Subject coverage is marginal; omits some requirements stated in the assignment criteria. Some subject knowledge is evident. Provides a basic summary of the ethical crisis, the stakeholders, the actions taken, and the results, but is somewhat inaccurate or inconsistent. Supporting material is of baseline acceptable quality and quantity. Subject knowledge appears solid. A summary of the ethical crisis, the stakeholders, the actions taken, and the results is accurate. Coverage of the material is well-integrated and addresses all issues stated in the assignment criteria. Provides supporting material of good quality and quantity. Demonstrates thorough subject knowledge and understanding. A summary of the ethical crisis, the stakeholders, the actions taken, and the results is comprehensive, accurate, and clearly provides purpose and facts. Research is thorough, current, and relevant. Provides examples and personal insight to further reader understanding.  
15.0 %

Identifies the Basic Tenets of Business Law Surrounding the Crisis and Explains Whether the Company acted within the Boundaries of the Law.

Subject knowledge is not or is poorly demonstrated. An identification of the basic tenets of business law surrounding the crisis is not present. No explanation of whether the company acted within the boundaries of the law is present. Subject knowledge is unclear and/or inconsistent. An identification of the basic tenets of business law surrounding the crisis is incomplete, vague, and or irrelevant. An explanation of whether the company acted within the boundaries of the law is marginal with gaps in presentation. Some subject knowledge is evident. Provides a basic identification of the basic tenets of business law surrounding the crisis, but is somewhat inaccurate or inconsistent. An explanation of whether the company acted within the boundaries of the law is of baseline acceptable quality. Subject knowledge appears solid. An identification of the basic tenets of business law surrounding the crisis is accurate and well-integrated. Coverage of the material addresses all issues stated in the assignment criteria. An explanation of whether the company acted within the boundaries of the law is supported with material of good quality and quantity. Demonstrates thorough subject knowledge and understanding. An identification of the basic tenets of business law surrounding the crisis is comprehensive, accurate, and clearly provides purpose and facts. An explanation of whether the company acted within the boundaries of the law is supported with research that is thorough, current, and relevant. Provides examples and personal insight to further reader understanding.  
20.0 %

Explanation of the Ethical Issues Surrounding the Crisis, including Evaluation of the Company’s Decision- making Process.

Subject knowledge is not or is poorly demonstrated. No explanation of the ethical issues surrounding the crisis as well as evaluation of the company’s decision-making process is present. Subject knowledge is unclear and/or inconsistent. An explanation of the ethical issues surrounding the crisis as well as evaluation of the company’s decision-making process is incomplete, vague, and or irrelevant. Evaluation of the company?s decision making is marginal, with gaps in presentation. Some subject knowledge is evident. Provides a basic explanation of the ethical issues surrounding the crisis as well as evaluation of the company’s decision-making process, but is somewhat inaccurate or inconsistent. Supporting material is of baseline acceptable quality and quantity. Subject knowledge appears solid. An explanation of the ethical issues surrounding the crisis as well as evaluation of the company’s decision-making process is accurate and well-integrated. Coverage of the material addresses all issues stated in the assignment criteria. Provides supporting material of good quality and quantity. Demonstrates thorough subject knowledge and understanding. An explanation of the ethical issues surrounding the crisis as well as evaluation of the company’s decision-making process is comprehensive, accurate, and clearly provides purpose and facts. Research is thorough, current, and relevant. Provides examples and personal insight to further reader understanding.  
5.0 %

Research Sources (Sources are appropriate, relevant, etc. Also, sources meet assignment quantity and type specifications: at least four academic resources.

Sources are not used or cited as required in the assignment instructions. Uses non-credible sources. Source relevance is vague and/or inconsistent. Does not include references appropriate sources: at least four academic resources. Source relevance is mostly applicable and appropriate. Includes references from appropriate sources: at least four academic resources. Source relevance is applicable and appropriate in all instances. Includes references from appropriate sources: at least four academic resources. Source references are thorough, current, and relevant as well as sparking interest in the reader to pursue further investigation. Includes references from appropriate sources: at least four academic resources.  
20.0 %

Organization and Effectiveness

 
7.0 %

Thesis Development and Purpose

Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear. Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive. The essence of the paper is contained within the thesis. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.  
20.0 %

Organization and Effectiveness

 
8.0 %

Argument Logic and Construction

Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources. Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility. Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis. Argument shows logical progression. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative. Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.  
20.0 %

Organization and Effectiveness

 
5.0 %

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Rules of grammar, usage, punctuation are followed Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.  
10.0 %

Format

 
5.0 %

Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)

Template is not used appropriately, or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct.  
10.0 %

Format

 
5.0 %

Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment and style)

No reference page is included. No citations are used. Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used. Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present. Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct. In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.  
100 %

Total Weightage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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