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Business Ethics in a Scenario

Scenario: You are the first person to arrive in your classroom and as you sit down you notice an iPod on the floor underneath the adjacent seat. You pick it up and turn it on. It works fine and even has some of your favorite music listed. You realize that you are the only one in the room and no one will know if you keep it. You see other students entering the room so you place the iPod on the floor next to your belonging. You will have the whole class period to decide what to do.

What are the key facts that you should consider before making a decision, as either the person who discovered the iPod, the friend, or the judicial board member?

Is this an ethical issue? What exactly are the ethical aspects involved in your decision?

Who else is involved, or should be involved, in this decision? Who has a stake in the outcome?

What alternatives are available to you? What are the consequences of each alternative?

How would each of your alternatives affect the other people you have identified as having a stake in the outcome?

Where might you look for additional guidance to assist you in resolving this particular dilemma?

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Hello. I provide the following information to assist you in formulating your response:

1. What are the key facts that you should consider before making a decision, as either the person who discovered the iPod, the friend, or the judicial board member?

2. Is this an ethical issue? I believe that this is an ethical issue, as well as a moral issue. There is a difference but I believe the same are intertwined. Is it ethical in your society to steal another person's belongings? If not, then you are not being ethical. You know right from wrong. You know that keeping the iPod is not the right thing to do. Otherwise, why would you hide the fact that you are looking at it when other class members walk into the class?

What exactly are the ethical aspects involved in your decision? The ethical aspects are if you are taking an item, to benefit yourself, and not to benefit another individual (hence gaining an edge that is in violation of specific rules), ...

Solution Summary

Business ethics in a scenario is examined. The additional guidance to assist you in resolving a particular dilemma is determined.

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