Business Ethics at IIM Kozhikode

Although my main purpose to come to IIM Kozhikode was to learn all about financial engineering, the maximum learning for me has happened in the so called “soft-courses” like Organization Behaviour, or Social Tranformation in India, or Globalisation and Culture. One such brilliant and vibrant course is Business Ethics taught by Prof. Mathai Baker Fenn (CEO of Talk Shop) and Prof G Venkat Raman (India’s first post-graduate from China and a JNU product). In an extremely innovative turn of events, our business ethics exam will be set by the students themselves. I too made my submissions to the course, and in all probability they will not be figuring in the exam. Imagine, 300 students submitting 7 questions each, out of which 20 will be selected. I am sure mine will be rejected purely on the basis of polemic content. Also, if any prospective employers discover this, they will also reject me. I have already rejected them. But anyways I am posting these on my page, just for kicks. I enjoyed making them.

Answers below:


Q1. With whom would you associate the book ‘The Algebra of Infinite Justice”?

a)      Vandana Shiva

b)      Amartya Sen

c)      Arundhati Roy

d)      Anil Kejriwal


Q2. In the name of public-private partsnerships in India, gross injustice is meted out. One such instance is the commodification of water through National Water Policy, which is not only unethical but unconstitutional. It has caused as much trouble for as benefit for some. Which state and private company would you associate with the Sheonath river, which is running the state into huge losses and causing human rights violation?

a)      Madhya Pradhesh, Bhedaghat Water Supply

b)      Maharashtra, Chatrapati Shivaji Paani Puravatha Ltd.

c)      Chattisgarh, Radius Water Limited

d)      Gujrat, Borai Industrial Water Supply


Q3. With which respected Nobel Laureate in Economics would you associate the following words: “You want more insider trading, not less. You want to give the people most likely to have knowledge about deficiencies of the company an incentive to make the public aware of that.”

a)      Amartya Sen

b)      Paul Krugman

c)      Milton Friedman

d)      Gary Becker


Q4. With which organisation would you associate the following: “What we’re trying to do is pioneer a new form of social activism using all the power of the mass media to sell ideas, rather than products. We’re motivated by a kind of `greenthink’ that comes from the environmental movement and isn’t mired in the old ideology of the left and right. Instead, we take the environmental ethic into the mental ethic, trying to clean up the toxic areas of our minds. You can’t recycle and be a good environmental citizen, then watch four hours of television and get consumption messages pumped at you.”

a)      Résistance à l’Aggression Publicitaire

b)      Culture Jammers

c)      Adbusters

d)      Media Carta


Q5. A humble civil servant, he rose from the rank of a clerk to Deputy Commissioner before being dismissed by the state Chief Minister Sharad Pawar for being honest. His successor, Kalam Patil, was immediately caught red handed by Anti-Corruption Bureau while taking a bribe, and as a punishment, was promoted to Commissioner as well as the PRO. He used eunuchs to liberate minor girls from prostitution racquets, as a creative spin on the loan collection techniques employed by ICICI Bank. His autobiography is called “Zunj Ekaki’ (The Solitary Fight). Who?

a)      Sagar Khairnar

b)      Sandeep Lanjewar

c)      G R Khairnar

d)      Shrikant Warade


Q6. Which of the following can be said to be a strong criticism against the Jan Lokpal movement headed by Anna Hazare and his team?

a)      Jan Lokpal Bill does not address the root of the problem; it only provides a strong safeguard for taking care of problems after they occur.

b)      Too much power will be concentrated in one institution

c)      Both

d)      None of these



Q7. This institution’s share holdings pattern is as follows: United States (15.85%), Japan (6.84%), China (4.42%), Germany (4.00%), the United Kingdom (3.75%), France (3.75%), and India (2.91%) and the rest are trivially distributed amongst about 100 states. The institution setup up with the Bretton Woods agreement is headed by an American by mandate. The voting powers of Indian and China were revised in 2010. This institution has been criticised for its use of shock therapy to disrupt economic progress in underdeveloped countries. It does not lend capital to nations without domestic water privatization policy. Which institution?

a)      United Nations

b)      IMF

c)      World Bank

d)      WTO



Sanket Anurag Shrivastava

PGP 15 (2011-2013)

IIM Kozhikode

 All answers are Option C. 



~ by Bombadil on December 12, 2011.

2 Responses to “Business Ethics at IIM Kozhikode”

  1. Bhai, answers bhi bata do ! 🙂

  2. All answers are Option C.
    😀 .. couldn’t find a way to delete the above comment ! 🙂

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