Here's the goal stated explicitly on the assignment sheet:
Examine a topic of your choice as long as it is directly realted to a ethical, political and/or social asepct of business.
And I have handed in my research paper topic beforehand. Here's the complete version of my topic.
[ My research topic for this class would be to examine the double standards
that U.S. corporates hold in their home industries and those abroad (mostly in less developed countries) and its impact on the society, mainly on the environment and labor standards
As we all know, U.S. corporations have been relocating many of their businesses to third-world countries in order to save labor costs. But the labor standards
in the U.S. and in the less developed countries are hugely different, and a few issues arise. Can the exploit of cheap or child labor be justified in the LDCs? It it realistic for U.S. firms abroad to follow the same standards
in their home countries? Is it morally acceptable for the U.S. corporations to export their ?dirty businesses?? Do they have a responsibility in preserving the environment in LDCs?
In my paper, I will try and present a balanced argument first, then take a stand on the issue (in my case, I am in support of exporting business to LDCs).]
I e-mailed to my professor about my topic, asking for opinions. Here's his reply to me
["hi, this topic seems fine.?remember, nobody has any problem with cheap labor(aside from us workers), but rather unsafe/inhumane working conditions.?also the environmental issue seems interesting as well. don't forget that it's possible for you to take a side of allowing businesses to move their operations abroad but claiming they have a duty
to uphold some sort of standard
, regardless of whether the foreign or domestic country have laws or not.?the topic doesn't necessarily seem too broad, just spell out the cases for and against holding corporations to standards
which are more stringent in the foreign country, and also the cases for and against whether the corporations of richer countries have an obligation to help raise environmental standards
above the local regulation.]
A couple of things that I would like to clarify about the paper:
1) As my class is actually an Ethics class, it is important that the paper is presenting an ethical dilemma in the case that I am arguing. Let's just say, for example, that it's not appropriate to argue that a corportation broke the law and that means they're immoral, but it is appropriate to argue that a corporation broke the law but the law itself is immoral or controversial, and thus comes the debate.
2) Although it is a "research paper" for my class, the research part is not the most important element of the paper but rather than the ethical dilemma (as mentioned above) brought forth by the case I'm examining. Therefore, it is not really neccessary for this paper to be a research-heavy paper, but rather a paper with a balanced argument. Sources could be as minimal as figures and/or factual data to support my case. But of course this is just my suggestion and its your call on what sources to use.
3) One last thing is that my professor is actually a very "econ" person as he always talk to us in class with lots of terms in economics. So I think it wouldn't hurt if my paper would be just a little bit "economic-like" to suit his taste.
4) If there's anything that needs to be further clarified, please e-mail me and let me know. Thanks a lot.
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