Mid-term Case Assignment
Deliverable length: 3-5 pages, with title page, in-text citation, and
Over the last three decades some of the country’s larger retailers and
designer brands have been routinely rocked by ethical scandals
related to unethical off-shore manufacturing practices. Some
companies implicated include Wal-Mart, Target, Ralph Lauren, Apple,
Nike, and others.
Your case study assignment will involve an analysis of the use and
misuse of foreign labor by U.S. companies (or their manufacturing
contractors), address the issues below.
Address the following issues:
1. Using a high profile company as a case study, identify and
discuss the ethical dilemmas that emerge when U.S.
companies use foreign low cost labor. Explore issues such as
the misuse of child and prison labor, unsafe working
conditions, lack of a living wage, etc.
2. What is the role of a company’s senior management in fulfilling
its social responsibility policy?
3. Were the actions of the company ethical or unethical and why
or why not?
4. What measures did your selected company take, if any, to
insure ethical behavior, integrity and equity when
manufacturing offshore? What additional measures should
they take, if any?
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Your goal is to make an argument and support it with clear, original
and thorough analysis of the themes, arguments, vocabulary, terms
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and information presented in the course readings and lectures. Your
work will be evaluated for the specificity with which it answers the
prompt, the clarity of its thesis, the cohesiveness of its argument, and
the extent to which it demonstrates a clear understanding of the
central content, critical ideas, key themes of the course, and the
student learning outcomes associated with Modules 1-4.
Your essay must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and
typed in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Your essay should have a Title Page and Reference Page (not
including the 3-5 pages of substantive essay).
Your essay should be organized with an easy to read narrative
Please use bold substantive sub topic headings to guide the
reader through your easy.
You must use in-text citation to avoid plagiarism.
Essays should be proofread for spelling and grammar errors.
Additional Writing Resources from the Purdue Online Writing Lab
(also see Writer’s Corner in Modules):
The Writing Process:
Creating a Thesis Statement:
Writing a Conclusion:
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Please contact your instructor immediately if you think for some
reason you will not be able to submit your mid-term Case Assignment
on time, by 11:59pm PST on Sunday of the 4th module.
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