2016 Faculty Activities in the Classroom

The College of Business embraces business ethics in a variety of ways. Department faculty and classroom activities in support of Business Ethics Week 2016 are listed below as they are confirmed.

Department of Accounting

Course: ACCT 100 - Financial Accounting

Instructor: Shih-Chu Chou, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discuss the case of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme and let the class watch a video and introduce this case to them.

Instructor: Mohsen Tavakolian, Ph.D.
Activity Description: All classes cover "ethic cases" related to the application of financial accounting standards by real companies that present ethical challenges.

Course: ACCT 101 - Managerial Accounting

Instructor: Jai "Jay" Kang, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Students either attend Accounting Ethics film screening and then submit a concise writeup or write a concise paper on Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and participate in discussions on Financial Risks and Hedging.

Course: ACCT 301 - Intermediate Accounting I

Instructor: Bill Hefter, M.B.A.
Activity Description: The current ethical crisis at Wells Fargo Bank as the basis for ethical discussions of the internal control issues and the general responsibilities of CPAs to act with integrity, in both classes.

Course: ACCT 302 - Intermediate Accounting II

Instructor: Mohsen Tavakolian, Ph.D.
Activity Description: All classes cover "ethic cases" related to the application of financial accounting standards by real companies that present ethical challenges.

Course: ACCT 305 - Cost Accounting

Instructor: Theresa Hammond, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Class watches Frontline’s College Inc, and a related article from the PBS Newshour about Veterans’ benefits and for-profit colleges; & discuss the cost-accounting and human implications of these practices.

Course: ACCT 513 - International Accounting

Instructor: Jai "Jay" Kang, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Students either attend Accounting Ethics film screening and then submit a concise writeup or write a concise paper on Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and participate in discussions on Financial Risks and Hedging.

Course: ACCT 780 - Financial Accounting

Instructor: John O'Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Activity Description: The class discusses "earnings manipulation".

Course: ACCT 800 - Financial Accounting

Instructor: John O'Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Activity Description: The class discusses "earnings manipulation".

Course: ACCT 803 - Auditing Principle & Practice

Instructor: Bill Hefter, M.B.A.
Activity Description: The current ethical crisis at Wells Fargo Bank as the basis for ethical discussions of the internal control issues and the general responsibilities of CPAs to act with integrity, in both classes.

Course: ACCT 818 - Accounting Ethics

Instructor: Tina Caratan, M.N.A.
Activity Description: A guest lecturer [Paul Keller, CPA a partner with Apercen LLC​] will discuss the Ethics of tax practice.

Course: ACCT 848 - Seminar in Cost Accounting

Instructor: Theresa Hammond, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Class watches Frontline’s College Inc, and a related article from the PBS Newshour about Veterans’ benefits and for-profit colleges; & discuss the cost-accounting and human implications of these practices.

Department of Decision Sciences

Course: DS 212 - Business Statistics

Instructor: Jamie Eng, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethical issues in using/interpreting data,examples from "How to Lie with Statistics."

Instructor: Robert Saltzman, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A discussion of ethical Issues in hypothesis testing, p-hacking demo.

Course: DS 312 - Data Analysis with Computer Applications

Instructor: Jamie Eng, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethical issues in using/interpreting data,examples from "How to Lie with Statistics."

Course: DS 412 - Operations Management

Instructor: Leyla Ozsen, Ph.D.
Activity Description: An examination of ethical issues in Quality Management.

Instructor: Ramesh Bollapragada, Ph.D.
Activity Description: An examination of ethical issues in Quality Management.

Instructor: Sada Soorapanth, Ph.D.
Activity Description: An examination of ethical issues in Quality Management.

Instructor: Theresa Roeder, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A discussion on ethics and Decision Sciences.

Instructor: V. Udayabhanu, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Presenting ethical issues in using/interpreting data, including examples from "How to Lie with Statistics."

Instructor: Yabing Zhao, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A presentation of ethical issues in Quality Management, including discussion of a quality management case.

Instructor: Dary Sepah-Mansour, Ph.D.
Activity Description: An examination of ethical issues in Quality Management.

Course: DS 604 - Business Forecasting

Instructor: V. Udayabhanu, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A discussion on using data appropriately, including avoiding conflating correlation with causality

Course: DS 776 - Data Analysis for Managers

Instructor: Hamed Hasheminia, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A discussion on to avoid p-hacking in regression models.

Course: DS 856 - Seminar in Project Management

Instructor: Susan Cholette, Ph.D.
Activity Description: A Guest Speaker from Recology will present 3 recent sustainability-related projects.

Course: DS 886 - Statistics and Operations Analysis

Instructor: Susan Cholette, Ph.D.
Activity Description: An assignment and subsequent discussion on the "Misuse of Statistics" focusing on the ethical ramifications of purposefully mis-interpreting data.

Department of Economics

Course: ECON 102 - Introduction to Macroeconomic Analyses

Instructor: Venoo Kakar, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Unconventional monetary policy tool – Are central banks credible?

Course: ECON 616 - Econometric Theory

Instructor: Kirill Chernomaz Ph.D.
Activity Description: Feasibility and ethical implications of collusive pricing practices.

Course: ECON 731 - Game Theory

Instructor: Venoo Kakar, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Econometric/Statistical Inference using Multiple Regression Analysis with qualitative information for policy analysis and program evaluation.

Department of Finance

Course: BUS 785 - Financial Management

Instructor: Daniela Balkanska, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Viewing the Frontline documentary "To Catch a Trader" and an exercise on insider trading.

Course: FIN 350 - Business Finance

Instructor: Daniela Balkanska, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Viewing the Frontline documentary "To Catch a Trader" and an exercise on insider trading.

Course: FIN 372 - Commercial Leasing and Development

Instructor: Lawrence Souza, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Students watch the movie the Inside Job, and fill out a Movie Review Worksheet. There are also subsequent discussions on ethics in the financial industry, ethical decision making in the corporate environment, and consequences and affects decisions have on investors, employees, and other stakeholders.

Department of Information Systems

Course: ISYS 557 - Managing Open Source

Instructor: Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Examine the ethics of security through transparency. Also look at role of licensing and ethics of illegal downloads.

Course: ISYS 565 - Managing Enterprise Networks

Instructor: Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discuss approaches against loss of privacy and security on networks.

Course: ISYS 814 - Strategic Management of IS

Instructor: Lutfus Sayeed, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Analyze legal/ethical concerns involved in the protection of customer data privacy/organizational data breach.

Course: ISYS 850 - Business Intelligence

Instructor: Lutfus Sayeed, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discuss ethical reporting/challenges through Data Analytics.

Course: ISYS 869 - Business Process Management

Instructor: Lutfus Sayeed, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discuss IT safeguards for ethical reporting of financial and accounting data.

Department of International Business

Course: IBUS 590 - Global Business Environment Analysis

Instructor: Yikuan Lee, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Using two case studies to discuss ethical issues in global business: (1) Walmart and its ethical critics, and (2) iPad and Foxconn sweatshop.

Course: IBUS 659/MGMT 659 - Cross Cultural Negotiation

Instructor: Lihua Wang, Ph.D.
Activity Description: The class will conduct an exercise related to sustainability of fish population.

Course: IBUS 676 - Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

Instructor: Gerardo Ungson, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discussion of sustainability practices within the local entrepreneurial movement.

Course: IBUS 690 - Global Strategic Management

Instructor: Sergey Levedev, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Views on business ethics, approaches on how to respond to ethical challenges, and managing ethics internationally.

Department of Management

Course: BUS 440 - Ethics and Compliance

Instructor: Denise Kleinrichert, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Engaging and empowering ethical employees in the workplace techniques and training, including examining the 100 Best Companies to work for listing for examples of corporate cultures in small group exercises.

Course: BUS 682 - Seminar on Business and Society

Instructor: Manely Sharifian, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Community relations and strategic philanthropy.

Instructor: Oscar Stewart, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Review and analysis of Nike sweatshop case - ethics of their global labor practices and ethical implications of (gender) discrimination in the workplace.

Instructor: Smita Trivedi, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discussion: what it means to be a corporate citizen and sustainable.

Course: BUS 690 - Business Strategy

Instructor: Matthew Fisher, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Moral Mazes and the world of corporate managers & case studies of VW and Wells Fargo.

Instructor: Heidi Lorenzen, M.B.A.
Activity Description: Business ethics of operating globally: safe working conditions, living wages, limiting environmental impacts, adhering to contractual conditions when local companies may not maintain such standards, etc.

Course: BUS 857 - Management, Ecology & Environmental Leadership

Instructor: Laurel Peacock, M.B.A.
Activity Description: Ethics and compliance as a strategic advantage for a sustainable company. Case studies include Exxon Climate Change shareholder resolution and VW emissions scandal.

Course: BUS 890 - Strategic Management

Instructor: Antoaneta Petkova, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Strategic analysis of bay area organizaitons with primary purpose social and/or environmental sustainability.

Course: MGMT 405 - MGMT & OB

Instructor: Michael Albert, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethics and corporate culture.

Course: MGMT 605 - Seminar in Developing Management Skills

Instructor: Eric Lamm, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Discussion on negotiating ethically.

Course: MGMT 648 - Leadership

Instructor: Chenwei Li, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Leadership authenticity, ethics, and ethical system - case on American health care industry.

Instructor: Monica Sharif, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethics as a primary component of organizational culture including examples of leaders who consider ethical behavior as a important value in the development of their company's organizational culture.

Course: MGMT 670 - Organization Design & Changes

Instructor: Sylvia Flatt, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Culture Change: Is culture the culprit for unethical decision making? Blaming ethical lapses on an organization's culture (i.e., GM, Wells Fargo, etc.)

Instructor: Mitchell Marks, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethical issues in the collection, analysis and utlization of employee data.

Course: MGMT 842 - Organization Design & Changes

Instructor: Mitchell Marks, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethical issues in the collection, analysis and utlization of employee data.

Course: MGMT 842 - Organization Design & Changes

Instructor: Mitchell Marks, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethical issues in the collection, analysis and utlization of employee data.

Course: MGMT 848 - Leadership

Instructor: Monica Sharif, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Ethics as a primary component of organizational culture including examples of leaders who consider ethical behavior as a important value in the development of their company's organizational culture.

Department of Marketing

Course: MKTG 431 - Principles of Marketing

Instructor: Bruce Robertson, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Lectures on Ethics; Discussion on ethics case studies

Course: MKTG 885 - Marketing of High-Tech Products and Innovations

Instructor: Sanjit Sengupta, Ph.D.
Activity Description: Lecture on Strategic Considerations for the Triple Bottom Line in High-Tech Companies; Discussion: How Technology Will Solve the Planet's Hardest Problems; Discussion: Is Silicon Valley Funding the Wrong Stuff?

Course: MKTG 649 - Marketing Management

Instructor: Mahmood Hussain, Ph.D.
Activity Description: (1) Video: Ethics in Social Marketing An Approach to Segmentation (Pecha Kucha); (2) Discussion on ethics in pricing