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Corporate Ethics


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

This is a project for someone with an interest in corporate behaviour. Corporations have convinced most people we should any ethical behaviour from them at all. Their duty is to make a profit by hook or by crook. We should not even expect them to obey the law except when obeying the law is more profitable than disobeying it. You might think it is time to put some pressure on corporations to at obey the same morality that most individuals obey. The corporate entries may link to stories about good and bad behaviour.

The basic idea is to set up a web site that provide a report card on ethical behaviour for corporations. It would be sorted both by rank and alphabetically. The technical part is trivial. The hard part is collecting the data, validating it and fairly evaluating it.

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