The Ethical And Legal Consequences Of An International Business Manager

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As an international business manager one maybe faced with numerous ethical and legal consequences of doing business. Even an international non-profit business such as Doctors without
Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres which as its mission is to; “provide assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. (They do so) irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.”(1), must still operate within certain ethical/legal frameworks. As a business manager further considering other provisions of the
MSF Charter such as to “bring attention to extreme need and unacceptable suffering when access to lifesaving medical care is hindered, when medical facilities come
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A business manager for example may hear some “buzz” about obstetric fistula which is; “A complication of excessively prolonged labor and childbirth in which the blood supply to the vagina is interrupted, leading to tissue death and the development of a tract between the vagina and the large bowel or the urinary bladder.”(3). The may business manager further investigates reputable statistics of the number of women who have an obstetric fistula, as well as on other ongoing and associated difficulties from the ongoing complication. In identifying a problem, and reaching consensus within the organization it is now time to consider how best to solve the problem. In manifesting a plan of action to take positive action against obstetric fistula a manger who
“gets things done through the efforts of other people”(4), may begin to consult with medical personnel.
Obstetric fistula seems to be a mechanical plumbing problem in females, really for a medical professional to say, that requires surgical intervention. The Manager may think “too easy, just send old saw bones of to countries where lack of treatment is prevalent and done with it”, to correct
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intellectual property;

1. Any of various products of the intellect that have commercial value, including copyrighted property such as literary or artistic works, and ideational property, such as patents, business methods, and industrial processes.

2. The set of rights protecting such works and property from unlawful infringement.(5)

With the idea, that an idea can be owned, monopolized, the task of simply doing something nice

and altruistic can be found to have possible ethical hazards. It is easy to be initially incredulous to think

that providing a procedure to repair someone of a medical condition could somehow be immoral or illegal.

After all how many would find it reasonable to find someone choking, while knowing how to perform the

Heimlich Maneuver (Henry Heimlich D.O.B. 2/3/1920 living!!!), and decide that because the procedure is

potentially protected as intellectual property one will not render aid? It could become easy to consider

ways of circumventing such monopolies. On the flip side Doctors, R&D and others may of put many efforts into treating obstetric fistula.

When entrusting our most valued possession, our body to another, we’d all like to have confidence

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