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20_Mattel and Toy Safety
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  1. Final Case Analysis Paper

    The Final Case Analysis Paper should demonstrate understanding of the reading as well as the implications of new knowledge.  The eight-page paper should integrate readings and class discussions into work and life experiences.  It may include explanation and examples from previous experiences as well as implications for future applications.

    The purpose of the Final Case Analysis Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by describing your understanding and application of knowledge in the field.

    Focus of the Final Case Analysis Paper:

    The Final Case Analysis Paper should focus on real life, real time application of topics covered in this course; the uses you have seen and the uses you can envision.  The paper must be submitted to your instructor no later than 11:59 pm of the time zone in which you reside on the last day of class.

    Read Mattel and Toy Safety, which is Case Eight in the Cases in Business and Society section at the end of the book. This case describes the 2007Mattel toy recalls, which were in response to findings that several children’s toys were coated in lead-based paint.

    Write an eight to ten page paper that addresses the following questions. Support your opinions with scholarly research.

  2. Do you believe that Mattel acted in a socially responsible and ethical manner with regard to the safety of its toys? Why or why not? What should or could Mattel have done differently, if anything? Be sure to support your answer using your research findings.
  3. Who or what do you believe was responsible for the fact that children were exposed to potentially dangerous toys? Why do you think so? Be sure to support your answer using your research findings.
  4. What is the best way to ensure the safety of children’s toys? In responding, please consider how the following groups would answer this question: government regulators (in the U.S. and China); consumer advocates, the toy industry, children’s product retailers; and standard-setting organizations. What might explain the differences in their point of view? Be sure to support your answer using your research findings.
  5. What do you think is the best way for society to protect children from harmful toys? Specifically, what are the appropriate roles for various stakeholders in this process? Be sure to support your answer using your research findings.
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