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Government Regulation of Business BPS 6320-501 Spring 2006 Marilyn R. Kaplan, Ph.D. 972-883-2742 mkaplan@utdallas.

edu Office SOM4.216 Hours: Monday/Wednesday 10-11, before & after class, or by appointment

“Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to be damned and no body to be kicked?” Lord Chancellor Edward Thurlow, 1731-1806

Thurlow spoke about the ability of society to punish corporations. In this course, we will examine the punishment of business through regulation. We will be dealing with the regulation of business from both a strategic management and a business policy perspective. We will study the intent of the regulatory system, its effects on corporations, both positive and negative, and the strategies businesses use to manage the regulatory burden.

Required Reading: Jennings (2006). Business: Its Legal, Ethical, & Global Environment. West. 7th edition

Grading Policy: Group Project Short Papers Participation

30% 60% 10% 100%

90-100% 80-89% 70-79% Below 70%


. Group Project Each group will form a company in the industry of their choice. The firms will then be required to research the regulations they will be dealing with as the company grows. You will begin by incorporating. Then in subsequent weeks, you will receive assignments based on the industry and status of your firm. Each week you will turn in a report of the week’s activities and give a short presentation to the class on your progress. Short Papers Over the weeks of the course, you will write 6 short papers over questions from the readings. These papers should average 1-2 pages and will be graded on a scale of 1-10.

Classroom Rules You are required to attend class. Respect your fellow students – turn off cell phones, no talking amongst

make appointments or meet before class or after class. Please be sure that I have a way to contact you (email address, phone number). In the past I have had reasons to contact students (for example, I have received papers missing pages). I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE ASSIGNMENTS! Unclaimed papers will be retained for one year.

Class Participation I must be able to know your name and your level of participation for you to receive participation credit. I will call on people at random if necessary to make sure that the quiet students have a chance.

Scholastic Dishonesty Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students who violate the University of Texas at Dallas’ rules on scholastic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. I will strictly enforce the University’s policies. This policy applies to all assignments, whether papers, homework, oral presentations, tests, etc. In order to monitor possible plagiarism, some papers may be uploaded by the students to a website that uses special software, Email

U.T. Dallas provides each student with a free email account that is to be used in communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to forward their U.T. Dallas mail to other accounts. Students may go to the following URL to establish or maintain their official U.T. Dallas computer account: Please email through WebCT as I will not reply to non-UTD email addresses.



Reading Assignment

Paper Assignment

1/11 1/18 1/25

Intro/speaker Business Forms The Constitution/ Administrative Law Securities Law Disputes & Litigation Contracts Employment Corporate Crime Torts Trade Practices Property

Chapters 1 & 2 Chapter 21 Chapters 5 & 6

2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22 3/1

Chapter 22 Chapters 3 & 4* Chapters 13, 14*, & 15 Chapter 18*, 19, & 20 Chapter 9 Chapter 10* Chapter 17 Chapter 16

Question 2 Question 1 Question 8 Question 8

Question 11 Question 9 Question 6

3/15 3/22

3/29 4/5 4/12 4/19

Cyberlaw Product Liability Environmental law International Law

Chapter 8 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 7

Question 9 Question 10 Question 3 Question 2