Uber

Uber

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Prepare: Your in” rel=”nofollow”>initial post in” rel=”nofollow”>in this discussion must be in” rel=”nofollow”>informed by the required material for this discussion. The required material for this discussion will in” rel=”nofollow”>introduce you to what is new about Uber as a busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness model, the profit in” rel=”nofollow”>incentive in” rel=”nofollow”>in busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness, and how laws can make or break in” rel=”nofollow”>innovation in” rel=”nofollow”>in busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness. Your preparation should focus on the characteristics of capitalism and socialism, as well as other busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness concepts presented in” rel=”nofollow”>in the required material. Sin” rel=”nofollow”>ince your in” rel=”nofollow”>initial post in” rel=”nofollow”>in this discussion will examin” rel=”nofollow”>ine the relation between runnin” rel=”nofollow”>ing a busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness such as Uber and the laws and economic system of the nation(s) in” rel=”nofollow”>in which it operates, make sure to comb the material on Uber for laws, regulations, and the economic settin” rel=”nofollow”>ing that affect its operations. You are encouraged to research relevant laws and regulations to make sure that you have current in” rel=”nofollow”>information. You will also need to review the material on the three ethical theories (utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics) as you will draw from that material for this week’s discussion too.

Reflect: Keep in” rel=”nofollow”>in min” rel=”nofollow”>ind that Uber has presented itself in” rel=”nofollow”>into the market not as a transportation service but as a service that pairs consumers with ride sharin” rel=”nofollow”>ing services by means of a unique phone app. But some sources—in” rel=”nofollow”>includin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the taxi in” rel=”nofollow”>industry and one California court fin” rel=”nofollow”>indin” rel=”nofollow”>ing (details in” rel=”nofollow”>in the required material), as well as the characterization of Uber presented in” rel=”nofollow”>in Section 3.4 of the textbook—seem to challenge this brandin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. Accordin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to these sources, Uber is avoidin” rel=”nofollow”>ing laws that apply to the transportation in” rel=”nofollow”>industry and, thereby, usurpin” rel=”nofollow”>ing a rightful place that the taxi in” rel=”nofollow”>industry has carved for itself. Consumers, on the other hand, have shown their preference for Uber by a high demand for its services in” rel=”nofollow”>in the USA and abroad, in” rel=”nofollow”>includin” rel=”nofollow”>ing those countries in” rel=”nofollow”>in which Uber has been banned. Compared to taxis, Uber offers consumers an efficient system for procurin” rel=”nofollow”>ing a ride even in” rel=”nofollow”>in remote areas where taxis do not frequent, a convenient payment method (no need for cash, and fares can be split among different users on the same ride), and significantly cheaper fares compared to taxis. In many in” rel=”nofollow”>instances, Uber cars come equipped with water, candy, and magazin” rel=”nofollow”>ines, all for free. Uber drivers are also better off because they keep the majority of the fares for the rides that they service, which is exactly the opposite case of taxi drivers, and they can choose when they want to work. Clearly, this is a controversial case and thus very apt for the examin” rel=”nofollow”>ination for this discussion.

Keep in” rel=”nofollow”>in min” rel=”nofollow”>ind that a nation’s economic system is shaped by the laws that are in” rel=”nofollow”>in place. Accordin” rel=”nofollow”>ingly, laws (in” rel=”nofollow”>includin” rel=”nofollow”>ing state regulations and local ordin” rel=”nofollow”>inances) will give you a clue for the kin” rel=”nofollow”>ind of economic system that exists. Keep in” rel=”nofollow”>in min” rel=”nofollow”>ind also that most nations have mixed economies and there is probably no economic system that purely represents socialism or capitalism. So you will fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind a different combin” rel=”nofollow”>ination of both socialism and capitalism in” rel=”nofollow”>in any nation that you are examin” rel=”nofollow”>inin” rel=”nofollow”>ing.
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Write: You have four tasks for your in” rel=”nofollow”>initial post. In order to present an organized post, address each one of these tasks in” rel=”nofollow”>in a separate paragraph and in” rel=”nofollow”>in the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing order. Your first task is to articulate the economic system (or combin” rel=”nofollow”>ination of characteristics of both socialism and capitalism) that such laws depict. Your second task is to examin” rel=”nofollow”>ine the laws that either support or limit the operations by Uber. Your third task is to analyze how your fin” rel=”nofollow”>indin” rel=”nofollow”>ings from your first and second tasks affect Uber. And your fourth task is to present your moral position with regard to Uber. For this latter task, you will need to identify one of the three ethical theories covered in” rel=”nofollow”>in the Week One (utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics) as support for the moral position that you are takin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. For example, you may hold the moral position that Uber is morally justifiable because it provides a good for consumers that fills in” rel=”nofollow”>in a gap that had not been met by the taxi in” rel=”nofollow”>industry. Or you may take the position that Uber’s positionin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>in the market is morally wrong.

our in” rel=”nofollow”>initial post should be at least 400 words in” rel=”nofollow”>in length and have citations and references in” rel=”nofollow”>in APA notation. It should address the prompt in” rel=”nofollow”>in its entirety. This means that you should not split your response to the prompt in” rel=”nofollow”>in multiple posts. Your examin” rel=”nofollow”>ination should be both thorough and succin” rel=”nofollow”>inct. This is a combin” rel=”nofollow”>ination that demands time and thought, so give yourself sufficient time to draft and revise.

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Fieser, J. (2015). Introduction to busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness ethics [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
Chapter 2: Capitalism
Chapter 3: Corporations
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Friedman, M. (1970, September 13). The social responsibility of busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness is to in” rel=”nofollow”>increase its profits. New York Times Magazin” rel=”nofollow”>ine. Retrieved from https://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0073524697/910345/Appendices.pdf
Friedman presents a two-part clarification of what we may understand as social responsibility. The first part states that the responsibility of busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness is to its shareholders by usin” rel=”nofollow”>ing its resources to in” rel=”nofollow”>increase profits. Most stop here and assume that Friedman is advocatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing an ethics of egoism. But the important second part is that Friedman argues that busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness must be bound by the law and rules of honesty and decency toward others.

Smith, J. W. (2015). The Uber-all economy. Market News, 49(6), 26. Retrieved from https://www.ama.org/
The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in” rel=”nofollow”>in the Ashford University Library. This article outlin” rel=”nofollow”>ines the characteristics of the Uber busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness model.

Stein” rel=”nofollow”>inmetz, K. (2015, June 17). Why the California rulin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on Uber should frighten the sharin” rel=”nofollow”>ing economy. Time. Retrieved from https://time.com/3924941/uber-california-labor-commission-rulin” rel=”nofollow”>ing/
This article examin” rel=”nofollow”>ines the effects of the rulin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on the growin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>independent contractor sector.
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IJ Sales. (2014, February 4). What is Uber? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/pZBMo59iwPo
An operations manager from Uber presents how the Uber service works. Transcript
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Learn Liberty. (2011, August 22). Top three common myths of capitalism | Learn Liberty [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPa5Ob-5Ps
Jeffrey Miron, a Harvard University economist, clarifies that bein” rel=”nofollow”>ing a capitalist is not the same as bein” rel=”nofollow”>ing pro-busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness, explain” rel=”nofollow”>ins why capitalism does not create an unfair distribution of resources, and shows why the view that capitalism was responsible for the recent fin” rel=”nofollow”>inancial crisis and recession is not justified. Transcript
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LibertyPen. (2009, November 13). Milton Friedman–Lesson of the pencil [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/4ERbC7JyCfU
Economist Milton Friedman describes the machin” rel=”nofollow”>inery of the price system by illustratin” rel=”nofollow”>ing how a pencil is made. Transcript
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Macat Education. (2015, August 10). An in” rel=”nofollow”>introduction to Friedrich Hayek’s The road to serfdom–A Macat economics analysis [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ONATaFzi82I?list=PLRXstY5OaIwfFdYTwRlwB-gnNCg8oH9sw
This is an overview of economist Friedrich Hayek’s most in” rel=”nofollow”>influential book that concerns the in” rel=”nofollow”>interplay of busin” rel=”nofollow”>iness and government in” rel=”nofollow”>in the economic and political settin” rel=”nofollow”>ings in” rel=”nofollow”>in which they operate. Transcript
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Mashable. (2014, October 9). What is Uber? | Mashable explain” rel=”nofollow”>ins [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/tQlgavP5cmo
This video presents a casual overview of Uber and its comparison to the taxi in” rel=”nofollow”>industry. Transcript
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PragerU. (2015, April 6). Profits are progressive [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/tdHwewUuXBg?list=PLIBtb_NuIJ1w_5qAEs5cSUJ5Bk0R8QLaY
Economist Walter Williams examin” rel=”nofollow”>ines the role of profit in” rel=”nofollow”>in entrepreneurship. Transcript
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TechCrunch. (2015, June 17). Uber driver ruled employee, not contractor, in” rel=”nofollow”>in CA | Crunch report [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/n3QJWPg5TLA
This is a report of the California Court fin” rel=”nofollow”>indin” rel=”nofollow”>ing that a particular Uber driver in” rel=”nofollow”>in California should have some costs reimbursed as she was deemed to be an employee in” rel=”nofollow”>instead of an in” rel=”nofollow”>independent contractor. Transcript
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