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Is spyware ethical? Why or why not?

Is spyware ethical? Why or why not? The notion of what constitutes spyware is still a bit unsure. No one quite agrees on a definition, but generally speaking, spyware is software (or, less frequently, hardware) installed on a computer without the target user's knowledge and meant to monitor the user's conduct. Most of the tim

Ethical Decision Making: Property, Plant and Equipment

Andrea Pafko, corporate comptroller for Nicholson Industries, is trying to decide how to present "Property, plant and equipment" in the balance sheet. She realizes that the statement of cash flows will show that the company made a significant investment in purchasing new equipment this year, but overall she knows the company's p

Residence Suites operates a regional hotel chain

Ethical question: Residence Suites operates a regional hotel chain. Each hotel is operated by a manager and an assistant manager/controller. Many of the staff who run the front desk, clean the rooms, and prepare the breakfast buffet work part-time or have a second job so turnover is high. Assistant manager/controller Terry

What is unethical about Ford's actions in the Pinto case?

1) Summarize what is unethical about the actions that Ford took in the Pinto case article. Specifically, they failed to recall the Pinto when they had data that suggested it was dangerous. 2) What you think about their decision to calculate how much they would pay for each death suffered from the dangerous car rather than rec

Ethical Business Issues

I need help with answering the following: Identify one ethical dilemma of a specific market player (mortgage companies - in general as a major market player, with examples). - How did this dilemma start? What contributed to this? - What role did incentives, regulation and other relevant factors play in the emergence of the

Becky Knauer

Becky Knauer recently resigned from her position as controller for Shamalay Automotive, a small, struggling foreign car dealer in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Becky has just started a new job as controller for Mueller Imports, a much larger dealer for the same car manufacturer. Demand for this particular make of car is explod

Looking a Gift Horse in the Eye, 1031 exchange

Looking a Gift Horse in the Eye. Walter rarely sees his uncle George because George is a devoted world traveler. On January 15,2011, Walter received an envelope that George had mailed to him from Singapore on December 13,2010. The envelope contained a Christmas card from George and 1,000 shares of stock of lavender, inc. in

Ethical Misconduct

Kate Essex is the supervisor of the customer service representative group for, a manufacturer of novelty items. This group spends its workday answering calls, and sometimes placing calls, to customers to assist in solving a variety of issues about orders previously placed with the company. The company has a rule th

Preventing Ethical Misconduct

Consider the fictional case of Medical Advisors Management Services (MAMS), a small business that provides the mid-office services for three thousands medical groups (physicians' offices) in the US, Caribbean, Cayman Islands and Canada. They manage patient scheduling and provide on-line payment of bills by both insurance compani

Ethical issues of software programs in European Unions

Stan Sewell paid $50,000 for a franchise that entitled him to market software programs in the countries of the European Union. Sewell intended to sell individual franchises for the major language groups of Western Europe?German, French, English, Spanish, and Italian. Naturally, investors considering buying a franchise from Sewel

Make an Ethical Decision

Mary, along with some other female employees of her company, has petitioned management to increase the length of maternity leave to six months. The management has turned down thier reuest. Answer the following questions: 1. Should Mary and the others accept the decision? Why or why not? 2. Is there anything they can do

treated as a means to someone else's purpose or end

I need your opinion on the following question: Immanuel Kant theorized that humans are subjects and not objects. In other words Kant believes that we treat persons as ends within themselves and not means to our own ends. Describe a time where you were treated as a means to someone else's purpose or end and how you felt that i

Ethical Business Issues

I need some help with starting on the following assignment: Judge the actions of these companies as legal and unethical, legal and ethical, illegal and ethical, or illegal and unethical? Enron (now defunct) Enron, once hailed as a shining example of corporate excellence, collapsed in late 2001 due to massive accounting

Federal Taxation

I have the following assignment that I need help completing: Maximizing the Tuition Deduction Blake maintain a household that include his daughter bianca who is 23 years old and a full time student. using funds from a savings account she inherited from her aunt, Bianca pays for her $5000 college tuition. For the year,

Legal and ethical representation of companies

Why has marketing continuously been a focus of concern in regards to both the legal and ethical representation of companies? Do you think this concern is warranted? Why or why not?

Smoking in the Workplace

Smoking in the Workplace Here in Los Angeles we took a lot of static when smoking was banned in bars and restaurants. Now, even the jaded New Yorkers are doing it! From a health perspective there are serious questions about second hand smoke. Of course, if you don't want to go into a smoky bar, then don't go in. But some

Legislation to prevent ethical misconduct

Do you believe we will see a new wave of legislation to prevent ethical misconduct as a result of our current global financial crisis? If so, do you think it can effectively manage these risks?

Potential problems in using "knock-off" products via a case scenario

One of your major suppliers of designer sheets, towels, and robes, describes a way the Uniform and Linen Leasing Company (U&L) can save a substantial amount of money by using "knock-offs" of the designer towels instead of the real name brand version. They show you samples and no one seems to be able to tell the difference. A ver

ethical risks involved in observation research

Please help answer the below questions: Q 1. What ethical risks are involved in observation research? Explain the risks associated with the use of unobstructive measures? Q 2. How does data in qualitative research differ from data in quantitative research? Describe a business situation and a research question. Identify whi

Company Ethical Concerns: Case Study

You are writing this memo for a corporate executive who, faced with resolving the central ethical issue, seeks your input. You are preparing this memo to provide her with information and analysis she needs to make the decision on how to deal with the ethical concerns raised. The ethical concern is that the company has been accus

Managerial accounting

1. Review the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice. Does business interaction in the global market conflict with these ethical standards? Consider outsourcing, sustainability, and social responsibility. Is it possible to remain competitive in a global market and remain true to these ethical standards? Please formulate

Ethical Issues Facing Wal-Mart

Read Case Study 22, 'Wal-Mart: But We Do Give Them a 10 Percent Employee Discount. Summarize the overall viewpoint of the author. Discuss ethical issues facing Wal-Mart dealing with, 'off-the-clock-work', sexual discrimination, health benefits, the role of unions, the use of undocumented workers, as well as issues relating to ch

Select a company with a reputation for ethical business practices

Select a company with a reputation for ethical business practices -Evaluate the company's past performance marketing their product using the six pillars of the marketing code of ethicsâ?"honesty, responsibility, caring, respect, fairness, and citizenship. -Provide at least two ways in which the company could make further

Unethical In/Actions in Business

Unfortunately, the recent news in the business world over the last several years has been well-documented with examples of illegal and unethical business dealings; some involved practicing unethical accounting processes, as well as situations that involved public figures from various genres caught performing various questionable

You are retained by Columbia corporation to audit its financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30. Your consideration of internal control indicates fairly satisfactory condition, although there are not enough employees to permit an extensive separation of duties. The company is one of the smaller units in its industry, but it has realized net income of about $500,000 in each of the last three years. Near the end of your fieldwork, you overhear a telephone call received by the president of the company while you are discussing the audit with him. The telephone conversation indicates that on May 15 of the current year the Columbia Corporation made an accommodation endorsement of a 60-day $430,000 note issues by a major customer, Brill Corporation, to its bank. The purpose of the telephone call from Brill was to inform your client that the note had been paid at the maturity date. You had not been aware of the existence of the note before overhearing the telephone call. (A) From an ethical standpoint, do you think the auditors would be justified in acting on information acquired in this manner? (B) Should the balance sheet as of June 30 disclose the contingent liability? (C) Prepare a list of auditing procedures that might have brought the contingency to light. Explain fully the likelihood of detection of the accommodation endorsement.

You are retained by Columbia corporation to audit its financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30. Your consideration of internal control indicates fairly satisfactory condition, although there are not enough employees to permit an extensive separation of duties. The company is one of the smaller units in its indust