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251.7 sec. 001 - Business in Society (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Amelia Miazad  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3


    MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From August 19, 2019
    To November 26, 2019

Course Start: August 19, 2019
Course End: November 26, 2019
Class Number: 32416

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 32
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 32
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

Society’s expectations of companies are changing, and companies are responding. Many companies today go beyond compliance with the law to implement policies in line with the values of their shareholders, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. An increasing number are engaging in activities that were traditionally conducted by governments and nonprofits. This new articulation of corporate purpose raises complex legal, ethical, and business questions. In this course we will explore the unique and increasingly central role that legal and compliance professionals are playing in this landscape.

This class is taught using the case study method, common in business schools. On Mondays we will analyze a case study on a particular company. On Wednesdays we will have a discussion about that case study with the general counsel or chief compliance officer from that company. The companies we will examine include: Salesforce, Patagonia, Starbucks, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, ABInBev, and Clorox, among others. The issues we will address include:

- The shareholder/stakeholder debate
- The risks and opportunities of engaging on political issues, from guns to immigration
- The increasing trend of CEOs as “moral leaders”
- How employees are leveraging their voice to advocate for corporate governance reforms
- Social due diligence in mergers and acquisitions post #MeToo
- The value of transparency in mitigating risk

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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