International Business Ethics Case Studies: A Student-Faculty Collaboration



Six fictionalized case studies, based on real-world events, designed to be used in business courses. They allow for stakeholder analysis, application of ethical decision frameworks, and consideration of practical implications of business decision making. The cases were written collaboratively by Mendoza College of Business undergraduate students, with a teaching professor of management and a former UN administrator specializing in ethics and international concerns. Cases are designed to be an alternative to traditional business cases that are often costly, prohibitively lengthy and/or too specialized for some faculty’s use. Two to five pages long and with topics selected by the student co-authors, they are designed to feature protagonists that feel accessible to students studying business. They are free to faculty when used with attribution, and are designed to incorporate multidisciplinary, international, and triple-bottom-line issues. Though they incorporate international contexts, as cases co-authored by our students, the cases are written from the perspective of U.S. managers. While the protagonists are American, we hope the cases can be useful broadly.

Brief teaching notes for several of the cases, available by request, are discussion prompts designed for multidisciplinary business faculty, who may not have expertise in ethics, to integrate ethical issues into their teaching. Please see each case file for details on accessing teaching notes.

For a discussion of the pedagogical approach of this case-writing student-faculty collaboration, and the first three cases and teaching notes, please see the Journal of Business Ethics Education article (Vol 13, 2016).

This case writing project is made possible by the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, with support for three cases provided by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development.

Brief Descriptions:

  • Conflict & Coltan: An entrepreneur faces the complex issues of sourcing a mineral used in manufacturing microprocessors from his partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Continental Shift: A CEO of a textile company based in Detroit, Michigan, considers a move to production in Uganda.
  • Good, Bad, Quota: A financial services executive faces intense pressure to cross-sell and open new accounts - sometimes without the consent of the customer.
  • Princess-ling: A banker with a pending IPO in China engages in questionable contact with a colleague well-connected to the company’s CEO.
  • Typhoid Trouble: A mining executive overseeing operations in Indonesia faces declining production that may be related to worker illness and concerns with vaccinations.
  • Crude Oil: An oil executive heading his company’s community engagement efforts in Angola struggles to promote responsible business practices.


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Document Type
  • Document

  • Joan Elise Dubinsky

  • Jessica McManus Warnell

  • Steven Campillo

  • Kaylyn Curran

  • Victoria Devine

  • Nate Griffin

  • Spencer Jones

  • Gabriela Kluzinski

  • Claudia Kulmacz

  • Zachary Myszka

  • Jennifer Prosser

  • Marie-Anne Roche

  • Priscilla Rumbeiha

  • Emily Seranko

  • Mary Guohui Shi

  • Cynthia Tran

  • Charlie Trense

  • Samantha Walker

  • Ailsa Xing

Date Created
  • 2016-01-01

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  • All rights reserved

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