Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 1, “The Goals and Activities of Financial Management,” in the textbook.
Ethical behavior can be viewed at a personal level, as well as a corporate level. In business, personal ethics is often tied to the agency theory and at the corporate level tied to corporate social responsibility.
For this discussion forum,
First, identify one real-life example of personal ethics and one real-life example of corporate social responsibility in the financial field from the last five years (no Enron or WorldCom examples, as these are too old). The example can be positive or negative. Note: When possible, select a different example than those already posted by a fellow classmate.
Next, explain each ethical example and what might have been done differently, as well as what you learned from the example.
Finally, select one financial business regulation (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, etc.) and debate how it does or does not promote ethical behavior. Be sure to be specific when describing the regulation. What are other ways to ensure strong ethical business decisions?
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 4, “ Financial Forecasting,” in the textbook and review the Personal Budget Resource. Watch the Week 1 Journal video above with Brenda Forde, Program Chair of MBA.
For this journal, complete two months of the Personal Budget Template. Then, reflect on your personal budget information and numbers from your completed Personal Budget Template. You may complete the template using your own personal financial data, which will make the activity more meaningful, or hypothetical numbers. Discuss the most important concepts and facts you learned. For example, were there any surprises in the amount or category of your expenses?
The book we use is:
Block, S. B., Hirt, G. A., & Danielsen, B. R. (2019). Foundations of financial management (17th ed.). Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com
The full-text version of this e-book is available through your online classroom.