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MBAs get schooled in ethics

December 6, 2009 1 comment

This article is about a professor being blamed “for not teaching morality to MBA students”. That failure was the cause of the global financial meltdown. Business schools now respond to the crisis by changing their curriculums. For example, at Dartmouth, the Tuck School of Business now has a mandatory ethics and social responsibility requirement, the New England College of Business and Finance, which offers an online master’s in “business ethics and compliance”, and New York University’s Stern School of Business has added a class on policy responses to the financial crisis.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/16/news/economy/mbas_ethics_classes.fortune/index.htm

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A Jobs Sigh of Relief

December 6, 2009 1 comment

This article explicates on news about the job market. While people have the feeling that the economy is worsening, the news are revealing results of economic expansions of job creation. Yet, private hiring remains week, at more than 28 weeks, the average duration of unemployment is now longer than it has ever been, and overall employment is still down some 7.2 million from its 2007 peak.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704342404574576203733082212.html

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Blue Cross Blue Patients

December 6, 2009 1 comment

People are still trying to understand what the new healthcare system would be like.The article reveals results of another study, where the new plans will increase the price of health insurance. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has found that premiums in the individual market will rise on average by 54% over the status quo, which translates into an extra $3,341 a year for families and $1,576 for singles. Yet, the White House called that a triumph because the higher costs will be offset by taxpayer subsidies that will be transferred to the federal balance sheet.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704007804574574170859847850.html

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Some Courts Raise Bar on Reading Employee Email

December 6, 2009 1 comment

This article talks about a message corporations routinely send their employees about using email: “Big Brother is watching”. The privacy invasion has also been a debatable issue of why is it that employers have rights that are otherwise forbidden by the Constitution. The article points a recent case where the federal appeals court in San Francisco came down on the side of employee privacy, ruling employers that contract with an outside business to transmit text messages can’t read them unless the worker agrees. I hope that this sets an example for future cases, as nobody likes to be monitored at work.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125859862658454923.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

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On Women and Working

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

As we have discussed in class, most of the time women have been subject to prejudice behavior when it comes to the workplace. This article is a book review about the most common biases and how we should cope with them. It tries to explain what it is about women that sometimes hold them back in business. For example, women tend to take criticism personally, rather than use feedback about poor performance as a source of insight and an aid to getting ahead. Women’s fear of speaking up in meetings allows men to dominate conversations, and (as studies show) women aren’t as adept at negotiating their compensation. Another obstacle on career advancement, according to the authors, is the tendency to build relationships based on friendship with like-minded individuals.

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107104574572222069313480.html

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Drinking age of 21 doesn’t work

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The drinking age has always been a debatable issue. I believe that if a person under 21 years has the right to vote or can go the army then he or she can certainly has the right to a social drink. In many cases just because something is forbidden, it becomes an inducement. The result is, as point in this article, that “for each year studied, a greater percentage of 21- to 24-year-olds [those who were of course once 18, 19 and 20] engaged in binge drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol”.

 http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/16/mccardell.lower.drinking.age/index.html

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Privacy is dead, and social media hold smoking gun

October 29, 2009 1 comment

This article is about one of the newest technology innovations, a camera to capture every moment of a person’s life. It explicates that the images will be publicly shared otherwise they would not have any value. In addition, it points how Twitter and Facebook bring value to our lives. With thousands of Twitter followers and hundreds of Facebook friends people are reaching audiences to build their personal brand that makes them valuable asset to employers.

As a person that have acomplished my goals so far in  life without any of these services I am a bit concerned to what extend sharing our private information to the public will affect our lives.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/10/28/cashmore.online.privacy/index.html

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