Should the social business still be trustworthy even though their ethical bottom lines swing back and forth?
Yes. Every coin has its two sides, not to mention social media might enlarge the negative sides. According to the reading “Managing Business Ethics”, even though the author pointed out the financial crisis caused by unethical market at the beginning, most of companies are trying hard to balance between ethics and profits. Most of the managers are well educated and keeping learning in business school as working in management level in order to cope with complicated situations and make ethical decisions. The unethical business issues reported by media influence the portrait of social business. Also, there are various factors to determine the different ethical bottom lines, for examples, types of industry, competition, labor force and social rules.
Does social imagination means to step back and get a bigger picture of society?
I think social imagination is a broader view of social issues combine with the self-consciousness. I really like the statements of trouble and issue in “ The Sociological Imagination”. Troubles occur among individuals directly and reveal the straight relationship. Issues should be viewed from a broad angle and explained with many connections. As the examples given in the article, if the percentage is one out of one hundred thousand, it is a trouble. However, if the percentage is fifty percent, the thing should be an issue, which is needed to be studied and figure the inside connections. Nothing is what it seems. An unethical business or a social violence may reveal social issues, like Apple’s Chinese factory, Foxconn. The suicide, violence, overwhelming working hours and child labors exhibit the unethical and illegal facts of Foxconn and Apple superficially. However, if we review the Foxconn event from social imagination side, it reveals a lot of serious social problems in China.
Should Apple, Inc is responsible for series of violence events in its Chinese factory, Foxconn?
Foxconn is the largest phone producer in the world. It responsible for many well-known brand’s cell phone, like Sony, Apple, and Nokia. The following link reported the changes are going to take by Foxconn in 2013. Social media reported Foxconn about hiring child labors, suicides, excessive working hours and toxic working environment for years. Apple had talked with top executives of Foxconn about working conditions in the future. Foxconn decided to increase the employees’ salaries, decrease working hours and try to prevent suicide events. Although Apple is independent with its Chinese factory, it is still unethical to use such a manufacture. It is Apple’s response to have a talk with executives in Foxconn and make changes.