This course explores the social, ethical, and regulatory challenges businesses face across the world. We will focus on the interplay of law and competitive markets insofar as that interplay affects the actual working responsibilities of managers and business professionals. We will explore how laws and regulations influence business behavior and simultaneously, how businesses influence legislation and regulation. In so doing, we will study numerous writings in the field of legal reasoning and the law. We will focus on the social, ethical and regulatory issues that drive businesses to comply with laws, not comply with laws, go beyond compliance, or sometimes even shape the meaning of compliance. These theories will be explored in the context of a wide range of countries in which businesses face social, ethical and regulatory challenges. The object of this course is develop students’ analytical skills when dealing with interdisciplinary perspectives of business issues. The course will emphasize a practical approach to the examination of business as a fundamental institution in all societies and its relationship with the turn toward globalization. We will analyze various legislative, regulatory and judicial actions aimed at dealing with perceived inadequacies. In doing so, this course will introduce students to a broad range of interdisciplinary issues encountered by managers and business professionals, challenge students to think critically about corporate social responsibility, and help students develop a set of analytical perspectives for making judgments when such issues arise.
Field ClassCountry: Việt Nam
Date: November 18, 2017
We will closely examine the Vietnam fishing industry as a case study into the social, ethical and regulatory challenges that businesses face, with an eye toward corporate social responsibility. During our stop in Ho Chi Minh City, we will travel to a basa (cat fish) farm and processing factory on the Mekong River. We will tour the farm and plant and interview company officials concerning their operations, the opportunities and perils of exporting fish to the United States and other export markets. This would be followed in the afternoon by a visit to a law firm in downtown Ho Chi Minh city where there would be a panel discussion with representatives of the Vietnamese Seafood Association. The class assignment for the day would be to try to gain as much of a sense as possible of the various tensions in the fishing industry in Vietnam. What role does business play? How does this impact workers? How does impact the people and society more generally? What role does the government play? What role should the government play? How does this Field Class relate to the themes we have been exploring in class all semester? My hope is that students would be exposed to the challenges of successfully manufacturing and exporting Vietnamese goods to the United States, to understand the role that government plays in facilitating trade, and to understand the social, ethical and regulatory challenges experienced by various stakeholders involved in the fishing industry.
1. Understand the social, ethical and regulatory challenges experienced by various stakeholders involved in the fishing industry.
2. Explore the challenges of successfully manufacturing and exporting Vietnamese goods to the U.S.
3. Understand the role government and business play in facilitating trade.