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Up Against the Corporate Wall: Cases in Business and Society, 6/e

S. Prakash Sethi, Baruch College
Paul Steidemeier, Binghamton University, State Univ. of New York

Published July, 1996 by Prentice Hall Business Publishing

Copyright 1997, 435 pp.
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ISBN 0-13-488371-3


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Summary

This collection of 25 intermediate/advanced-level cases on the interrelationships among business, government, and society provides an exceptional richness of detail based on extensive research.

Features


Provides in-depth and well-researched cases at the intermediate/advanced level.
Integrates business strategy with public policy and legal environment in all cases.
Focuses on business doing things right — rather than simply causing problems.
Offers an international perspective.
Emphasizes processes for problem resolution.
Includes Issues for Analysis for each case.
NEWReorganizes content around:

  • Strategic focus.
  • Key constituencies — top management, lobbyists, workers, consumers.
NEW—Features 6 new cases:
  • Whistleblowing (Alyeska Pipeline).
  • Prozac.
  • Diversity at Xerox.
  • McDonalds Environmental Policy.
  • Nomura Securities Scandal.
  • Merck and River Blindness.
NEW—Includes 3 new cases showing business in a proactive light:
  • Xerox.
  • McDonalds.
  • Merck.
NEWRevises/updates 12 cases, including:
  • Insider Trading.
  • National Rifle Association.
  • Film Recovery.
  • Sears Affirmative Action.
  • Domestic and International Tobacco Cases.
  • South Africa.
NEW—Adds two new international cases.


Table of Contents
I. BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND PUBLIC POLICY.
    1. General Motors and the City of Norwood, Ohio.

      Plant Closings and Their Impact on Affected Communities.

    2. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

      Hostile Corporate Takeovers and Public Interest.

    3. Insider Trading.

      The Levine, Boesky and Drexel-Burnham Lambert Caper: How and Why Do Innovative Entrepreneurs Become White-Collar Criminals.

    4. The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

      The Role of Whistle-Blowers in Detecting and Correcting Legal and Regulatory Violations of Environmental Protection and Operational Safety Procedures (Janet Rovenpor).

II. SOCIAL ISSUES MANAGEMENT.
    5. Eli Lilly and Company versus the Church of Scientology: The Prozac Controversy.

      Assessing Scientific Evidence and Beliefs.

    6. Managing Cultural Diversity at Xerox.

      Going Beyond Affirmative Action and Minimal Equal Opportunity.

    7. Environmental Policies at McDonalds.

      Proactive Management Yields Cost Savings, Freedom from Regulatory Burdens, and Customer Loyalty.
III. TOP MANAGEMENT ACTIONS AND CORPORATE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE.
    8. The First National Bank of Boston.

      Money Laundering and Other Activities by Banks and Other Financial Institutions.

    9. General Dynamics Corporation.

      Defrauding the U.S. Government — Overcharging on Defense Contracts.

    10. The House of Nomura and the Japanese Securities Scandal.

      The Integrity of Markets in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Iwao Taka and Thomas Dunfee).
IV. CORPORATE ADVOCACY AND GRASS-ROOTS LOBBYING.
    11. Chemical Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC.

      Educational Advertising Campaign to Change Public Perception and Awareness of the Chemical Industry's Activities and Contributions to American Society.

    12. The National Rifle Association and Gun Control.

      Lobbying Activities and Their Influence on Government Decision Making.
V. CORPORATE ACTIONS AND WORKPLACE SAFETY.
    13. Warner-Lambert Company.

      Personal Criminal Liability of Senior Executives for Accidents Causing Workers' Death and Injury.

    14. Iowa Beef Processors, Inc. (IBP, Inc.).

      Unsafe Working Conditions and Labor Practices in the Meat Industry.

    15. Film Recovery Systems, Inc.

      The Extent of Officers' Culpability for Serious Harm, and Even Death, of Workers Caused by Unsafe Working Conditions.
VI. CORPORATE ACTIONS AND EMPLOYEE RIGHTS.
    16. C. Itoh & Co. (America), Inc, and Sumitomo Corporation of America.

      Conflicts between the Personnel Policies of Foreign Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in the United States and Application of U.S. Civil Rights Laws.

    17. Comparable Worth.

      A New Approach to Eliminating Sex-Based Wage Inequities in Employment.

    18. United Airlines, Inc.

      An Issue of Age Discrimination or a Concern for the Safety of the Flying Public.

    19. Sears Roebuck and Company versus Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

      Employment Discrimination and Affirmative Action.
VII. CONSUMER PROTECTION.
    20. The Rise and Fall of GM's X-Car.

      The Politicization of the Regulatory Process: the Role of Activist Groups and the News Media.

    21. Cigarette Smoking and Public Health.

      The Role of the Tobacco Industry in the United States.
VIII. Multinational Corporations and Developing Countries.
    22. The Tobacco Industry in the Global Arena.

      How Tobacco Companies Have Set Their Sights on Global Opportunities.

    23. Union Carbide Corporation.

      Industrial Plant Accident in Bhopal, India: Responsibility of the Multinational Corporation (Paul Srivastava).

    24. U.S. Multinational Corporation in South Africa.

      Should There Be Conflict Between Economic Interests and Ethical and Political Imperatives? (Karen Paul).

    25. The Benevolent Corporation?

      Merck and Co., Inc. Gives Away the Cure for River Blindness.

        The Role of Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies in Eliminating Disease in Poor Countries.


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