Discussion Questions


  1. Does any market leader in a technology have the right choose which companies to which to disclose confidential information? What if it denies such information to a company that is dependent on that information to operate? 
  2. Should Intel release priveleged information to those companies that need it because they have built their success around Intel's growth and ingenuity? 
  3. Can Intel use its company's success to its advantage when bargaining for liscensing rights? When does such bargaining become the use of anticompetitve practices based on its monopolistic market share?

Frontier Airlines

Read the case study on airline reservation systems (pp. 65-70 of Spinello) as well as the background material on pp. 48-62, and answer the discussion questions.
  1. How do you assess the claim that Frontier Airlines "got what it deserved" by its lack of foresight and failure to invest in reservation system technlogy? 
  2. Given the intensely competitive environment and the economics of this industry, were the practices of United and American aggressive, or were they unfair and anticompetitive? 
  3. Should we accept the position that "anything goes" in the struggle for competitive advantage? If not, what are the boundaries of fair play and the ethical limits of competition? 
  4. Do you agree with the position that competitors are also stakeholders and deserving of ethical consideration when corporations are making strategic or tactical decisions? 
  5. In your opinion, have the actions of these airlines violated the norms and ideals of fair and open competition? 
  6. Is signaling customers and competitors about future price changes really unethical? Why or why not? 
  7. If you accept the conclusion that the airlines have overstepped the boundaries of fair play, how would you establish the parameters of responsible electronic dialogue?