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E-Commerce Business Ethics Case Study


E-Commerce Business Ethics Case Study

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Students will explore ethical decision making and current issues in e-commerce as they follow the developments of E-Kin -- a company started by graduate students. As E-Kin grows and delves into the world of e-commerce, the founders and executives encounter some tough decision making. The case study is presented in a multimedia format, with Flash movies which describe the company background, scenarios of busines ethics issues, and an overview of ethical decision-making. The case studies were... More
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Material Type: Case Study
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: January 25, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 31, 2016
Submitter: Terry Morris


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Web Browser with Flash 5 Player. The multimedia uses audio. Text transcripts are provided.
Language: English
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Avatar for Meica Hatters
2 years ago

Meica Hatters (Faculty)

The materials were well researched and appropriate for an introductory college course. I could imagine the case studies prompting spirited discussion and engaging students who are skeptical about an ethics course. The case studies were reasonable and believable. It is also important to mention that the site was well organized, easy to navigate, and the sites use of color and text to encouraged engagement. I also appreciated the resource links and deeper explanation of the case studies. I plan to use this resource in the future.

Avatar for Ellen Beattie
3 years ago

Ellen Beattie (Faculty)

Each of 4 cases offers videos (and text transcripts) for students to review. Questions for discussion are included. Many of the ethical issues presented (e-commerce security, website credibility, privacy) will be interesting and relevant to students. A comprehensive list of links provide a starting place for student research and discussion.

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Text transcripts available for all videos.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Dr. R. Lee Viar IV
5 years ago

Dr. R. Lee Viar IV (Faculty)

While I am assembling my course itinerary for this fall session, I going to incorporate this as an exercise each week. I can foresee this generating some interesting discussions and I intend on forming groups to take varying positions of each of the classes presented.

Time spent reviewing site: 60 Minutes

Avatar for Beverlin Hammett
6 years ago

Beverlin Hammett (Faculty)

I currently teach Entrepreneurship and Innovation to students who are majoring in Information Systems Management. The content on the website is definitely a learning tool that I will be using.

I teach Entrepreneurship in America as well as South Korea...the level of discourse is great for both native speakers of English as well as those whose native language is not English. When I am reviewing materials I often try to determine will it work in both countries...and this one definitely does.

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Time spent reviewing site: Half Hour

Avatar for Linda Mast
7 years ago

Linda Mast (Faculty)

Engaging use of case scenarios to apply ethical decision making.

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Use of technology including video clips and visual features adds to the quality of this material.

Avatar for Prakash Menon
7 years ago

Prakash Menon (Faculty)

Good case studies. Currently teaching business ethics. If I get to teach e-business then this will be good information to have some case studies incorporated into the course.

Avatar for James Falkofske
10 years ago

James Falkofske (Faculty)

This learning object is extremely well designed, engaging, and entertaining (especially the humorous names of the fictional employees). The 4 cases are directly relevant to ethical decisions in the current e-commerce environment. Although the issues are e-commerce related, the presentation would easily adapt to any course dealing with ethical decision making.

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The choice to do still-frame flash animation with audio was extremely wise, and the model would be easy to extend. I am very impressed with the choice of design and the parallel structures the materials in all four cases provided.

Avatar for Terry Morris
11 years ago

Terry Morris (Faculty)

The students really enjoyed working on these case studies in groups. They
provided a chance for the students to apply their e-commerce knowledge to a new
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