Essay about SM0381 Hong Kong Student Seminar Five B

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Seminar Five
Seminar Objectives
Students will:
Stay in the seminar debating teams.
See some more news stories that have ethical dimensions.
Discuss in teams the same case study that was introduced in Seminar One.
Preserve these notes for comparison with their analysis of the same ethical dilemma at the beginning of the module.
Take personal journal notes of their revised impressions and feelings about the case.

Preparation for Seminar
NB: Make sure that you attend the seminar with a print out of the Seminar Brief and The Case Study.
We want you to re-analyse the ethical dilemma case. This will include the thoughts and ideas of others in your team. Use the theory and frameworks that you have encountered during the module (the seminar
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You can compare your ability to analyse in your team (with the benefit of having learnt and applied this module content), against your lone attempt to do this without any applied business ethics knowledge. This can help you to reflect upon team-working in Portfolio Appendix C.
Directed Reading
Crane A and Matten D (2010) Business Ethics OUP Chapters 1 - 4

The Case of the Holiday (based on actual events)
This case concerns a young medium sized advertising agency in Germany. It had had grown rapidly in the four years since it was founded and had just opened a new office in the US. The company operates in a highly competitive market in which failure to meet customers’ deadlines incurs substantial penalties. Work is almost exclusively project-based, in a high pressure but largely informal environment where teams predominate and hierarchy is little in evidence. The company pays well, and its employees are highly skilled, overwhelmingly graduates and equally overwhelmingly young with over 35 year-olds a rarity.

Employees work an average of 50 hours a week and when deadlines are tight some arrive as early as 5 a.m. and leave as late as 1 a.m. If there is a personnel ‘problem’ it is that turnover is high. Employees tend either to be dismissed quickly after their unsuitability emerges or leave voluntarily after only two or three years. While there
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