Pplication of ethical theory to a case study vignette

Case 2
Michael works as a manager in his family s business, which makes metal components and employs about 50 people.
One of his employees, John, is an unskilled, but loyal, worker who started working for the company when Michael s grandfather was still running the business. Michael has known John since he was a little boy. During the last year Michael has observed that John frequently showed up late for work, usually a little drunk, or sometimes not at all. Michael knows that John s wife and only son died in a car crash a year ago and that, to cope with his loss, John has taken to drinking alcohol. Michael has repeatedly talked with John about this problem but this has not changed John s behaviour.
Michael s company is currently facing some problems in the face of the current economic recession, and the resulting tendency of customers to search increasingly for cheaper products made overseas. The company survives because of its ability to deliver high-quality custom made products and a high standard of customer service, but there is always pressure to cut unnecessary costs. After some consideration Michael decides to keep John on.
Has he done the right thing?


” Identify main (ethical) issues and key stakeholders in this case
” Evaluate the case using TWO ethical theories ( from the attached file which is week 3 sheet)
” Explain how you would act in this situation, and why.
business ethics,second edition by andrew crane and dirk matten

Pplication of ethical theory to a case study vignette

From the following case:
” Identify main (ethical) issues and key stakeholders in this case
” Evaluate the case using TWO of the ethical theories
1. Consequences/Utilitarianism
2. Ethics of duty/Deontology/Kantianism
3. Ethics of Rights and Justice
4. Virtue Ethics
5. Discourse Ethics
6. Ethics of Care
7. Postmodern Ethics

” Explain how you would act / you would have acted in this situation, and why.

Case
Ahmed, a University student, is working on his placement at a small marketing company GreatBrands.com. Ahmed has a formal contract of employment with the company for his placement year, and a verbal agreement was made during his interview that he respect confidentiality and that all intellectual property of the company should remain with GreatBrands.com.

Ahmed has a really enjoyable time at the company and gains the trust and confidence of his colleagues. In particular, the Managing Director Michelle Jordan takes an interest in Ahmed s learning and has talked to him about the possibility of him working for GreatBrands.com when he has graduated.

As he approaches the end of his placement, Ahmed considers what his options will be for his future employment. He has enjoyed working for Michelle at GreatBrands.com, but would also like to set up his own marketing company after he has graduated. Undecided, he suggests to Michelle that he may be interested in coming back to the company but that he wants to keep his options open.

Aware that setting up a customer base and purchasing the software that he will need for his own company would be time consuming and costly, Ahmed electronically copies the GreatBrands.com customer database and some of the GreatBrands.com customised software in case he sets up his own company in the future. Ahmed s company, if it becomes established, would be a direct competitor of GreatBrands.com.

How do you evaluate Ahmed s actions?
You can add your own but please use the core text and some of the following:

CORE TEXTS:
Crane, A. & Matten, D. (2010). Business Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 3rd edition (purchase recommended)
Griseri, P. & Seppala, N. (2010). Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Andover: Cengage Learning.

Additional text books:
Beauchamp, T., Bowie, N. & Arnold, D. (2008). Ethical Theory and Business. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. 8th edition
Blowfield, M. & Murray, A. (2008). Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Boatright, J. (2008). Ethics and the Conduct of Business. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Prentice Hall. 6th edition
Crane, A., Matten, D. & Spence, L. (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility  Readings and cases in a global context. Abingdon: Routledge.
Fisher, C. & Lovell, A. (2009). Business Ethics and Values: individual, corporate and international perspectives. Harlow: Pearson Education, Prentice Hall. 3rd edition
Lawrence, A. & Weber, J. (2007). Business & Society  Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy. New York: McGraw Hill. 12th edition
McEwan, T. (2001). Managing values and beliefs in organisations. Harlow: Prentice Hall.

Reference book:
Crane, A., McWilliams, A., Matten, D., Moon, J. & Siegel, D. (eds) (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Academic Journals:
” Journal of Business Ethics
” Business Ethics Quarterly
” Business Ethics: A European Review
” Journal of Corporate Citizenship
” Business and Society
” Business and Society Review

Pplication of ethical theory to a case study vignette

Instructions:
a? Identify main (ethical) issues and key stakeholders in this case
a? Evaluate the case using TWO ethical theories
a? Explain how you would act / you would have acted in this situation, and why.
Your word limit must not exceed 1,700 words.
Do not forget to include your word count in cover page.
The essay will be marked using the following criteria:
a? Identification of issues and stakeholders
a? Outlining of main features of ethical theories and application of theories to case
a? Style and Presentation (including authenticity and accurate referencing)
Submission deadline is Monday 3rd September 2012, 12pm

Case study:

Jagdeep is a senior human resources manager in a stock-market listed marketing firm. Partly in response to the difficult economic climate, the firmas top management has decided to restructure the company, which will involve selling off of one, less profitable, part of the business but also streamlining of most support functions. This will, inevitably, involve a number of compulsory layoffs.
Jagdeep is part of the team that is working on the redundancy plan. The restructuring plan is currently a?top secreta as it is price-sensitive information, and also because the redundancy plan is not yet finalised.Jagdeep is friends with Hannah, who works as a manager in the companyas IT department. They know each other from university, and they occasionally get together after work for a drink and a chat. Hannah is in charge of a team of five employees. She cares deeply for the members of her team, and knows quite a bit about what is going on in her colleaguesa personal lives.
When they meet for a drink, Hannah says that she has heard rumours about restructuring plans, and asks Jagdeep whether he knows whether this will involve compulsory lay-offs and whether her team will be affected by it. She mentions that two of them are planning to take on substantial new mortgages and that another team member is about to fulfil his long-held dream of buying a sailing boat. Jagdeep knows that two of the people she mentions are on the redundancy list. What should Jagdeep do?

Referencing Requirements:
harvard referencing system.
various sources inc websites, journals, articles, business reviews books etc…no more that 12 please,
in books please include:
Crane, A and Matten , D (2010) Business Ethics: United States: 3rd Edition Oxford University Press

Griseri, P. & Seppala, N.
(2010). Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Andover: Cengage Learning. Boatright, J. R. (2009) Ethics and the conduct of business, United States of America, Pearson Education ltd