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Ethics case : Camden Manufacturing Company

At Camden Manufacturing Company, production workers in the Painting
Department are paid on the basis of productivity. The labor time standard for a unit of production is established through periodic time studies conducted by the Foster Management
Department. In a time study, the actual time required to complete a specific task by a worker is observed. Allowances are then made for preparation time, rest periods, and clean-up time. Dan Renfro is one of several veterans in the Painting Department.
Dan is informed by Foster Management that he will be used in the time study for the painting of a new product. The findings will be the basis for establishing the labor time standard for the next 6 months. During the test, Dan deliberately slows his normal work pace in an effort to obtain a labor time standard that will be easy to meet. Because it is a new product, the Foster Management representative who conducted the test is unaware that Dan did not give the test his best effort.
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(a) Who was benefited and who was harmed by Dan's actions?
(b) Was Dan ethical in the way he performed the time study test?
(c) What measure(s) might the company take to obtain valid data for setting the labor time standard?

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ethics case
At Camden Manufacturing Company, production workers in the Painting
Department are paid on the basis of productivity. The labor time standard for a unit of production is established through periodic time studies conducted by the Foster Management
Department. In a time study, the actual time required to complete a specific task by a worker is observed. Allowances are then made for preparation time, rest periods, and clean-up time. Dan Renfro is one of several veterans in the Painting Department.
Dan is informed by Foster Management that he will be used in the time study for the painting of a new product. The findings will be the basis for establishing the labor time standard for the next 6 months. During the test, Dan deliberately slows his normal work pace in an effort to obtain a labor time standard that ...

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The benefits of Dan's actions are discussed. An analysis of Dan's ethical behavior is given.This solution gives you a detailed discussion on Ethics case Camden Manufacturing Company.

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