To prepare for this discussion learn more about the topic of Executive Compensation. It is very controversial. CEO’s often receive millions in compensation even if their company fails or performs poorly.
What do you think about the way executive compensation has escalated in recent years? Do you think it is usually justifiable? Why or why not?
Remember, to earn full credit you need to create a meaningful response, and then respond to, or comment on, the posting of at least three (3) others.
Ethical Issues for Multi-National Organizations
Ethics is a major challenge for corporations. There have been major scandals in US Corporations and those of other countries where business leaders have engaged in unethical or illegal practices that caused serious damage to their companies.
One example is Enron. Enron’s downfall, and the imprisonment of several of its CEO and leadership group was one of the most shocking and widely reported ethics violations of all time. It not only bankrupted the company, and thousands of employees who lost their retirement funds, but also destroyed Arthur Andersen, one of the largest audit firms in the world.
Another example is Scott Thompson who was brought in as CEO of Yahoo in 2012 but was fired shortly thereafter for his brazen deception in embellishing his resume by claiming he had degrees he did not have.
Make sure you look at the first two Guest Lectures as preparation for this discussion.
Is business ethics situational? Does a corporation’s ethics change when it becomes a global company (because what might be considered unethical in one country is a common practice in another country)? What does it mean for a company to be “socially responsible”? Can a company act in unethical practices and still be “socially responsible”?