Week six discussion board
Please read all these first before answering the question:
Theme One: The Effects of Globalization
- It’s A “0.6%” World: Who Owns What Of The $223 Trillion In Global Wealth
- Wealth, Income, and Power
- The 147 Companies That Control Everything
- Ethics Must Be Global, Not Local
- Integrity on a Global Scale
- The Effects of Globalization on Stakeholder Theory
- Business Ethics as Competitive Advantage for Companies in the Globalization Era
Subtheme: Should there be government regulation in this area and if so how much and what?
- Role of government in Regulating Business Ethics
- Compliance and Regulation: Johnson & Johnson
- Business Ethics: The Law of Rules
- Methodology and Empirical Beliefs about Distributive Justice
Theme Two: Cultural Relativism and Morality
- Ethical Relativism
- Ethical Relativism and Business
- Theory of Ethical Relativism (Criticism of the theory of ethical relativism)
Please answer learning activity 1 and 2 below
Learning focus: globalization and business ethics, cultural relativism and business decisions, cultural morality
Learning Activity #1
The effects of globalization have created an increasingly disparate division between the distributions of wealth in the world. The ownership of land, industry and natural resources is in the hands of large multinational corporations and the wealth of the world is in the hands of a few. The problem is of justice and economic distribution. This is sometimes called distributive justice.
Relevant issues to consider as you formulate your analysis might include: (1) what is fair and just in the distribution of the costs and rewards of an economic system, (2) what principles of distribution can be applied, and what are the consequences of each different scheme or principle, (3) whether a laissez–faire approach or a communitarian/socialist approach is better. (Helpful theories and concepts to discuss might include Utilitarianism, John Rawls’ Theory of Justice, Robert Noziack’s libertarianism, Adam Smith’s invisible hand, Marxism (secular) or Christian, Jewish , Islamic socialism.)
- What are some specific ethical issues related to this area of wealth distribution? (Refer to the Student Toolbox in Course Resources in Content; review the link, “Ethical Dilemmas vs. Issues vs. Facts vs. Legal Issues” for examples and info re: ethical issues.)
- Should Government regulate this area of distribution of wealth, and if so how much and what type of regulation might be appropriate and effective?
Learning Activity #2:
Consider cultural relativism and morality and debate the following questions, including ethical issues and theories to support your conclusions.
- Argue that corporations DO have the moral responsibility to help redistribute the wealth of the world and why.
Argue that corporations DO NOT have the moral responsibility to help redistribute the wealth of the world and why.