Discussion Board for BMT WEEK 8/4

Organizational Leadership

Please Google 21st century leader to answer the question

Theme one is simply to get the student to draw the big picture of the 21st century leader.

Learning Activity 1

Describe the 21st century leader. Why is the leader known as the “enlighten warrior”? Be sure to address the job and the skills needed for the role of leader in today’s organization.

Learning Activity 2

Compare the vision you had of a “Good Leader” when you started the course and the vision you have today. Be detailed in your description. Address the role of social architect in the 21st century, characteristics, and perspective of the leader as you have come to understand them from the class reading and ideas.  What are the major differences between the two visions and therefore the major ideas you will take away from this course?


Business Ethics

Ethical implications for decisions, consequences of decisions

Learning Activity #1

Scenario: Company X, a multinational manufacturing company based in the US, produces and sells boxed cereals. X grows some of the grain used in its cereals, and buys the other ingredients for its products from suppliers in the US and overseas. X has an existing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program called Breakfast First through which it donates cereal products to homeless shelters, and to the Red Cross for distribution to areas where needed; . X is considering spending even more money to create one or two new CSR programs.

Assume the role of Milton Friedman addressing top management and the Board of Directors for Company X. Friedman’s role is to recommend against the new CSR programs for X; he must explain and justify his theory that the “business of business is business…” and the primary focus of a business is maximizing profits is also ethical.

Write your response in the form of a memorandum to management and the Board of Directors from Friedman.

Learning Activity #2: 

 Scenario: You have been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Pharm, Inc., a large pharmaceutical company, for 15 years. The Company’s year-end is March 31 and you are finishing the year-end accounts.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) has recently advised you that Pharm holds a significant amount of a particular stock that has been very slow moving and has been devalued within the past year. Typically, the stock in question would normally have been written off as a loss some months previously.

The shareholders are trying to sell Pharm and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is also the majority shareholder, has told you that it is not necessary to write off the devalued stock in the year-end accounts. You know that the CEO wants the financial statements to carry an inflated stock valuation because he has found a prospective buyer for Pharm. The CEO has mentioned to you that if the proposed deal is successful, all employees will keep their jobs and you will receive a substantial pay increase.

What are specific ethical issues and implications to consider in making this decision?

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