Intellectual property and ethics
Students should gain familiarity with the following elements of business information literacy and specific information resources.
- Discuss issues of business ethics
- Understand the concepts of intellectual property; specifically copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Students are grouped in teams of 4-6 students. They are representing a discussion group of company employees. First they will be presented with a selection of excerpts from several articles discussing business ethics. They will then be posed with a discussion question regarding reporting unethical behavior. The question will be debriefed before moving on to the 2nd case.
The same groups will then be presented with the intellectual property case. They will review Part A and discuss the questions followed by a short debrief. Then they will read Part B and discuss the questions; as well as making private individual guesses about what products and companies are involved in the case. Another short debrief will take place.
An important facet of business information literacy is the understanding of intellectual property issues. Intellectual property issues surround specific items like non-disclosure agreements, copyright, trademarks, and patents. Discussing intellectual property impacts what students may have to deal with once they are out in the workplace to determine who exactly owns their work product.
See the attached script for more information regarding the preliminary discussion.