BELL: The Business Ethics Links Library
Resources for Research in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

William M. White Business Library, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder
Created by Gene Hayworth
Updated by Natalia Tingle




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    CSR Glossary from Craib Design & Communications

    Articles of Note - Full-text
    Stanford Closer Look Series
    White papers and case studies on corporate governance issues from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. "The Closer Look series is a collection of short case studies through which we explore topics, issues, and controversies in corporate governance. In each study, we take a targeted look at a specific issue that is relevant to the current debate on governance and explain why it is so important."

    Globalization failing to create new, quality jobs or reduce poverty ILO report sees wide gaps in wages, productivity gains. ILO, December 9, 2005.

    The Current Crisis in American Morality: How Big Business Has Contributed to, and Ought to Address, the Crisis. Susan Anderson, Essays in Philosophy, June 2005.

    How Costco Became the Anti-Wal-Mart. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, 7/17/2005.

    Post-Autistic Economics. Deborah Campbell, Adbusters September / October 2004.

    Breaking the Chain Harper's Magazine. Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006. Originally from July 2006. By Barry C. Lynn.

    The Whole Foods Shebang: An interview with John Mackey founder of Whole Foods, Amanda Griscom Little, Grist Magazine, Dec. 17, 2004.

    Wal-Mart Is Focal Point Of Democrats' Health Bill. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, June 23, 2005.

    Assessing Corporate Culture. Ed Petry, Ethikos, March/April 2005.

    Conflict of Interest: The Common Thread Underlying Ethical Lapses. Robert I. Bell, Hershey H. Friedman, Linda Weiser Friedman, Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, vol. 10 (1) 2005.

    The Utility of Offshoring: A Rawlsian Critique. Julian Friedland, Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, vol. 10 (1) 2005.

    Pharmaceutical Marketing – Time for Change. Joan Buckley, Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, vol. 9 (2) 2004.

    Corporate Social Responsibility: Fad or way of life? Gareth Llewellyn, Green Money Journal, Spring 2005.

    Case Studies
    Article 13 - CSR Case Studies
    "The CBI and Article 13 have teamed up to profile companies who are carrying out innovative work in CSR, companies from whom CBI members can learn. Released quarterly, each profile examines why the company is implementing CSR initiatives, the successes and failures, and how the programmes are delivering to the company's business objectives."
    A free online service of the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program (BSP). Registration and searching are free, most of the cases are from commercial publishers.

    E-Commerce Business Ethics Case Studies
    Multimedia, interactive case studies about a fictional e-commerce company. Dilemmas include security issues, intellectual property, and privacy.

    Ethical Leaders in Action Series: Case studies from the Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership
    The Hill Center is a research and consulting firm based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The case studies in this series include topics such as community, sustainability, and environmental issues.

    Journalism Ethics Cases Online - Indiana University, School of Journalism
    This set of cases has been created for teachers, researchers, professional journalists and consumers of news to help them explore ethical issues in journalism. The cases raise a variety of ethical problems faced by journalists, including such issues as privacy, conflict of interest, reporter- source relationships, and the role of journalists in their communities.

    Management Mini-Cases in Business Ethics
    The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University offers this list of case studies. Issues include discrimination, corporate social responisbility, strategic planning, and environmental conservation.

    Stanford Graduate School of Business. Center for Electronic Business and Commerce Global Case Collecton
    "Our cases describe issues related to global businesses and economies: running operations across dispersed geographies, in different cultures and under different legal, economic and political institutions. They are used in the classroom at the Stanford GSB to provide a contextual backdrop for a class, test the understanding of a theory, or develop theoretical insight." Some cases on this site may be used free of charge after obtaining permission from the CEBC.

    Strengthening employee's responsibility to enhance governance of IT: COBIT RACI chart case study
    From the author: "The ongoing financial markets debacle and the global economic context advocate enhancing the governance of the companies and, de facto, improving the elaboration and the understanding of employees’ responsibilities. Furthermore, the moral aspects of the business and the employees’ commitment have appeared as becoming increasingly unavoidable to face emerging ethical challenges. These arising requirements have oriented our research toward the elaboration of an innovative responsibility model built on the concepts of obligation/accountability, right and commitment. This paper aims to present, validate and improve the responsibility model on the basis of a comparison to related concepts from the COBIT framework. In parallel to this improvement, proposals of conceptual modification of the COBIT framework are made and illustrated based on the RACI chart."

    UCLA Statistics Case Studies
    The Department of Statistics at UCLA provides this list of case studies. Topics include estimation and probability, and are transmitted through cases about jury selection, stock prices, and genetic markers.

    World Council for Sustainable Development Case Studies
    Case studies which illustrate the process through which companies integrate sustainable development initiatives into their business activities. The cases in this collection are updated regularly and can be sorted by these focus areas: energy & climate, development, business role, and ecosystems.

    Grade School Curricula
    Junior Achievement Student Center : Learn About Ethics

    Interdisciplinary Teaching Resources
    Advertising Educational Foundation
    This site provides information about advertising industry, including issues on ethics in advertising.

    Business Ethics in the Movies

    Teaching Ethics Publications
    Teaching business ethics
    [UCB Subscribers only]
    This title merged with The Journal of Business Ethics (below) in 2004.

    The Journal of Business Ethics
    [UCB Subscribers only]


    a new Video wiki/blog site developed by the Engineering for Developing Communities Program (EDC) at the University of Colorado and PlanetMind. This site provides a collection of already published short videos illustrating a wide range of sustainable and appropriate solutions for developing (and developed) communities worldwide. You will find innovative ideas, tools, cutting edge programs, case studies, and initiatives in the areas of education, health, energy, water, sanitation, etc.

    Corporate Board Member Webcasts

    Real Biz Shorts by Second City Comedy Troupe

    Commanding Heights – PBS series [DVDs and discussion materials]

    Secret History of the Credit Card – Frontline [streaming video and discussion materials]

    Frontline - Private Warriors [streaming video & discussion materials]

    Frontline - News War: a Special Four Part Investigation into the Future of News [streaming video & discussion materials]

    Is Wal-Mart Good for America? – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]

    The Persuaders – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]

    Loud Dobbs on Outsourcing – NOW [streaming video & discussion materials]

    The Other Drug War – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]

    The Wall Street Fix – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]

    A Dangerous Business – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]

    The Merchants of Cool – Frontline [streaming video & discussion materials]