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This week's discussion has two distinct elements: 1) application of a portion of the critical-thinking model form Browne & Keeley (20% of your overall grade for this discussion), and 2) application of the Badaracco framework for ethical decision making (80% of your overall grade for this discussion). Your response to this discussion will not be complete unless it includes both of these elements
Please follow this approach:
First, complete the reading assignment and watch the Badaracco video (readings and link are included in the syllabus under W3).
Second, analyze the Director's Daughter case using the following steps from the Browne & Keeley text:
1) What is the issue?
2) What are the reasons?
3) Are there any value assumptions and conflicts or descriptive assumptions? If so, what are they?
4) What significant information has been omitted?
5) What conclusions are possible?
Third, using the Badaracco framework, analyze the Director's Daughter case. Be sure to address all four of Badaracco's questions and his 3 tests specifically in your analysis.
The point of having an ethical framework is to give you a step-by-step process to evaluate ethical decisions. The process of applying the framework requires us to reflect on our choices and to see them from different perspectives, rather than reacting in a purely emotional or intuitive way. Intuition is a tool that we can use to make ethical decisions, but it’s not the only tool, Critical thinking is also a very important factor in making ethical decisions. As Badaracco points out, our ethical decisions don’t have to be “heroic” or dramatic, the every-day workplace issues involving co-workers and more routine situations are the ones that most of us are faced with. We probably think of them as so routine that we might not even recognize that they are ethical issues. The case you are presented with this week may be a bit more dramatic than some, but it still involves very real kinds of problems that occur in organizational life.
Don't worry too much about the particular laws that apply to the question, "Is it legal?" You are not expected to know the exact answer to this question, and many legal questions are very complex. If there were pat, easy answers to legal questions, we wouldn't have so many lawsuits and so many lawyers. However, you are expected to make a reasonable judgment and explain how you would proceed if you were making this decision in real life.
The questions regarding ethics are the most important questions this week. It is not sufficient to say. "This would not be ethical, because it is wrong." Why is it wrong? What standards are you applying? Ethical analysis involves the application of principles and values to particular situations. The readings will help you to see this.
Badaracco, J.L., Jr. (2002). Defining moments: A framework for moral decisions. Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.
Resick, C.J., Martin, G.S., Keating, M.A., Dickson, M.W., Kwan, H.K., & Peng, C. (2011). What ethical leadership means to me: Asian, American and European perspectives. Journal of Business Ethics, 10(3), 435-457. doi 10.1007/s10551-010-0730-8
Bragues, G. (2006). Seek the good life, not money: The Aristotelian approach to business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 67(4), 341-357. doi:10.1007/ s10551-006-9026-4
Van Buren, H. J., III. (2008). Fairness and the main management theories of the twentieth century: A historical review, 1900-1965. Journal of Business Ethics, 82(3), 633-644. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9582-2
This week's discussion has two distinct elements: 1) application of a portion of the critical-thinking model form Browne & Keeley (20% of your overall grade for this discussion), and 2) application of the Badaracco framework for ethical decision making (80% of your overall grade for this discussion).