Global Business Ethics (field lab in Cadiz)

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Castaldi
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 14:15
End: 15:30
Field Work: Day 2 - Cadiz - Tuesday, 1 October | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This Global Comparative Lens course on business ethics and social responsibility will be taught from a multi-disciplinary, as well as a multi-cultural perspective. Topics to be covered will include ethical theory, globalization, marketing ethics, environmental responsibilities, diversity and discrimination, cross-cultural values and moral rights in the workplace. Through the lens of the countries we visit we will compare and contrast business ethics and social responsibility norms and how they influence local and global business practices. The text, lectures and class discussions will provide a framework for examining the range and diversity of ethical perspectives around the globe.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 2 - Cadiz - Tuesday, 1 October

Spain is the third-largest wine-producing country in the world, just behind Italy and France and the wines are gaining an increasing market share in many countries around the globe. We will visit a winery which specializes in sherry and brandy production. Our goal is to learn first-hand about wine production and the associated ethical, environmental and sustainability issues facing the industry. After touring the facilities, we will meet with one or more managers to discuss their perspectives regarding the management of wine and sherry production with particular emphasis on ethical, environmental and social responsibility issues that face their firm. Academic Objectives: 1. To apply concepts and theories covered in our Comparative Lens course to current ethical, environmental and sustainability issues facing firms in the wine industry. 2. To gain insights from successful top managers in two different wineries regarding management and marketing practices with particular emphasis to their perspectives on ethical, environmental and sustainability issues.

3. To produce a final written report that compares and contrasts important academic theories and concepts of business ethics and environmental sustainability with issues and practices facing top managers today in the wine industry.