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    In the Module 4 Case, you will be applying duty ethics to the Enron case.

    Required Reading

    Madsen, S., & Vance, C. (2009). Unlearned lessons from the past: An insider's view of Enron's downfall. Corporate Governance, 9(2), 216-227. Retrieved from ProQuest.

    Optional Reading

    Chandra, G. (2003). The Enron implosion and its lessons. Journal of Management Research, 3(2), 98-111. Retrieved from ProQuest.

    Free, C., Macintosh, N., & Stein, M. (2007). Management controls: The organizational fraud triangle of leadership, culture and control in Enron. Ivey Business Journal Online. Retrieved from ProQuest.

    Sims, R. R., & Brinkmann, J. (2003). Enron ethics (or: culture matters more than codes). Journal of Business Ethics, 45(3), 243-256. Retrieved from ProQuest.

    Case Assignment

    In a well-written, 4- to 5-page paper (not including cover and reference pages), apply Duty Ethics to the Enron case study.

    1.Briefly (1-2 paragraphs) describe what is meant by duty ethics.

    2.Choose two ethical issues raised by the Enron case, e.g., Enron's accounting fraud, the company's reward systems, use of special purpose entities, "deal making" company culture, etc.

    3.Apply duty ethics your two Step 2 choices. How does use of duty ethics as a lens inform the ethical nature of your two choices?
    Remember that duty ethics concerns duty and rights, so be sure to address both in your written analysis.

    4.Be sure to include at least two sources from the library to support your discussion and analysis.

    5.Be sure that you properly cite your sources using proper APA style, and use proper in-text citations.

    6.Follow the guidelines in The Student Guide to Writing a High Quality Academic Paper

    7.You are expected to demonstrate evidence of critical thinking - as defined in the Module 2 background materials and the grading rubric.

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    1.Briefly (1-2 paragraphs) describe what is meant by duty ethics.

    Duty ethics or more commonly known as deontological ethics focus on what activity people ethically engage in as opposed to the consequences that occur as a result of these actions. Duty ethics implore that people should "always" do the right thing, and they should always do this because it's the ethical action to take. This absolutist approach to ethical behavior is uncompromising in regard to whether an action is wrong or right as the person should always do what is right and never do any actions that are wrong.

    The person should avoid any wrong actions because they can never be justified under duty ethics, and the person should always do what is right because this is what is ethical according to duty ethics, which means that even ethical acts that lead to negative consequences must be engaged in because the consequences do not matter according to duty ethics. If the actions produce more harm than good, if it is ethical, the person should still do the action, which means that a person couldn't tell a lie to save a friend from a ...

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    Apply Duty Ethics to the Enron case study are examined.