What Is Your Ethical Responsibility?
In Chapter 3, we learn that the environment and ethics strongly impacts the practice of Management. Read the scenario below and carefully craft your responses.
You are a business student with the dream of owning your own business some day. You've participated in a few events like learning how to write a business plan and giving a pitch. Recently, you entered a regional business plan competition, and you took third place! Another student you know took home the grand prize. At first you were not upset, but a friend called you last week and told you she read the winner's business plan; it was remarkably similar to one published on the Internet a few months ago. You obtain a copy and sure enough, the product concept is the same, the analysis of the competition is pretty much the same (though the names are different), and the only real difference you find is that the name of the business is different than the one found on the internet. Though some numbers in the financial analysis were changed, a majority of the document is the same. Tomorrow is the banquet honoring the winners of the competition, and the winner will of course be there.
In your initial post (by Wednesday), describe what you would do. Think about the Four Approaches to Resolving Ethical Dilemmas, along with the Levels of Moral Development (Kohlberg), and include both when developing your response.
For your replies (on at least two different days, by Sunday), find at least two individuals who look at things differently than you, and engage in a discussion. Can you try to persuade your fellow student to see things differently? (Note: replies need to be of this nature in order to earn points!)