|The best library assignments are those that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, as well as internet sites. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books provide some of the best information for business topics. You may apply for a library card online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer. Please contact LSC-Kingwood Librarians or write to Linda Holcomb using your LSC-Online class e-mail with any questions you may have during your research|
|Librarian talk about Getting Started!
As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.
Sample Keywords: business ethics, benefits, employee pay, customer service, management ethics, Accounting regulation, fraud, hiring practices, inventory control and security, regulation of imported goods, as well as others mentioned below.
Assignment: Business Ethics Group Project
You and your group have been hired as consultants to write a code of ethics for Zippy Corporation. Zippy is a chain of retail stores and online retailer that sells small gift and decorative items across the United States. Most of the items are produced overseas, mainly China, and imported directly to Zippy. Zippy stores operate Monday through Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. Zippy employs two thousand persons in retail stores, online sales, warehouses, and administrative support such as accounting, purchasing, human resources, legal, and facilities management. All sales are either cash or credit card.
Management is most concerned about employee theft and customer service, but wants to be sure that their new code of ethics covers all employees, upper level management to sales clerks or janitors as well as all major ethical issues. Major areas of operation include:
|Retail Stores||Administration (Human Resources, Legal)||Marketing|
|Online Sales||IT Support||Finance|
|Warehouse||Purchasing (includes import specialists)|
You and your group will be assigned a section of the ethics code to write. Your group will need to address the issues that you consider most important in specific detail. Write a code of ethics that you think covers the major issues based on what your learned in class and additional research. You may want to look up some codes of ethics as models to begin your task. Your group should research the major issues or laws relating to your section. The librarians can help.
Your code of ethics should address the major issues that we discussed in class. Be sure to balance the needs of the employees, the customers, the suppliers, and the company. Your code should be short, but include the areas that your group considers important to your section.
In addition to the code, your group will need to write a 3 to 5 page paper explaining the rationale for your code to management. In other words, why you included the points you did?
Your group will make a 10 to 15 minute presentation that includes 8 to 10 power point slides. In your presentation you will present the code to upper level management explaining the code and the rationale you used to write the code. The power point should enhance your presentation with bullet points, graphs, pictures or other visual aids, NO PARAGRAPHS on the power point.
You will be given an opportunity to rate your group members for their participation and contribution to the project. Your grade will be based 40% on the code, and the paper, 40% on your group work, and 20% on your presentation.
Sections will include:
|Librarian Talk about Books!
Here is a small sampling of books your library may have. These and many other very good sources of information can be found by searching the library catalog using keywords such as FDA, ethanol, journalism or keyword phrases such as hiring practices, doing business with, energy conservation, illegal immigrants and business ethics from the topics listed above.
This short video (approx. 15 min) on Business Ethics: a 21st Century perspective discusses some of the ethical issues faced in business today. Login with your library card barcode number to watch the video from off campus. It is just one of the videos in Films on Demand which discuss the topic of ethics in the workplace. Films on Demand is a database of more than 6,000 videos on many topics. Ask your librarian for help if needed.
|Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles!
Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. Use them to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more.Home access to article databases is available with your updated library card barcode. If you need assistance finding an article contact the Reference Librarians and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if necessary.
Use your library card to login to these online journal databases.
The following databases contain information on ethics in business, doing business in today's competitive marketplace, and Federal rules and regulations concerning business. Other databases can be found on the Research Databases page. Login from off campus with your library barcode number.
|Librarian Talk about the Internet!
The internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:
These Internet sites offer all types of information related to ethics and regulations. Compare statistics and figures from one site to those from others to ensure accuracy. Many companies have home pages on the Internet; keep in mind the objectivity level of these sites. As you search for information on any of the topics, note the date of the site. Some regulations and governance has changed recently.
|Librarian Talk about Getting Help
Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following aids.
Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | LSC - Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.
Learning Center | Check our hours for in-house tutoring.