Take a position and defend it. Do all three parts - Part A, B & C
Part A - Is it ethical for you to hire away from your competitor a secretary who may have overheard something that will be useful to you?
Part B - Is it ethical for you to send an attractive employee to a bar where your competitor's programmers hang out in the hope of getting the information you want?
Part C - Is it ethical for you to have someone hunt up and read everything published by your competitor's programmers in case they may have let slip
something that will help you?
A- If the sole reason for hiring the secretary is to obtain the information she may have overheard, than it is not ethical. If it is based on her superior secretarial skills, then it would be ethical, if you wanted to give her better pay and benefits for her work. However, to hire ...