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A survey conducted by Tufts University researchers and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2/02) queried medical experts who write guidelines for treating conditions like heart disease, depression and diabetes. The research found that nearly 9 out of 10 experts have financial ties to the pharmaceutical

Behaviors that raise ethical questions in the workplace

Review the behaviors that raise ethical questions in the workplace, listed in Figure 4.1 (below) Response to one of these questions; Which three areas do you believe to be most prevalent, or which three areas have the greatest consequence in the workplace? Justify your answers. FIGURE 4.1 Using e-mail to harass co-w

Role of science in making ethical decisions

I need help with this three questions. 1. Explain the role of sciences in the study of ethics. 2. Explain the step followed by determining the facts in making a responsible ethical decision. 3. What are the consequences of not looking at various perspectives and the interests of other people involved, while making a respo

Ethical Decision Making: Stockholders and Stakeholders

1. Why is it important to move from a narrow perspective of decisions affecting stockholders, to decisions affecting stakeholders? Illustrate with an example. 2. Describe the disadvantages and the advantages associated with ethical decision making. 3. Discuss the hesitation (that may be justified) associated with teaching ethi

Kardell Paper Co: Business and Professional Ethics case

After reading The Kardell Paper Co. Ethics Case pretend you are The City of Riverside and its citizens How would you represent your position and desires? Explain how you could provide your ideas to be persuasive and how to communicate the potential impact of Kardell's actions on your stakeholder group. The explanat

Business ethics

Describe what you think are a firm's social responsibilities in a plant- or business-closing situation and what factors influencing the degree of those responsibilities.

Business and Professional Ethics

Is the 5-question approach to ethical decision making superior to the moral standards or Pastin approach? In what circumstances would each approach to stakeholder impact analysis (moral standards, 5-question, and Pastin's approach) be most useful? Generalize about the approaches and describe when each would be most or lea

Code of Ethics

How do the code of ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners compliment each other? Institute of Internal Auditors Code of Ethics Link: Assoc

Accounting Ethics: Jurgen's older equipment reclassified as inventory

1. On the basis of the above unaudited financial statements and the statement made by the loan officer, would the company qualify for the loan. 2. Last year Jurgen purchased and installed new, more efficient equipment to replace an older heat treating furnace. Jurgen had originally planned to sell the old equipment but found

Organizational Ethics Issue Resolution

I have to select an organization ethics issue. I also have to apply each of the six ethical decision-making steps to my issue and structure it so it has six distinct parts that correlate to the following items: a. Issue Clarification b. Stakeholder Analysis c. Values identification d. Issue Resolution e. Addressin

Ethics Dilemma for Chemotherapy Court Order

A 16 year old young man was diagnosed with Hodgins Disease and underwent a round of chemotherapy which left him weak and sick. He refused further chemo treatment. He and his parents traveled to Mexico for an herbal treatment called Hoxsey. The U.S. oncologists sought a court order to force him to have the chemo treatment

Is Religion an Ethics Breach in Public Speaking

There was an article in the newspaper about a valedictorian whose speech was cut short because she began speaking about religion and proselytizing. One of the school administrators literally pulled the plug on the microphone to interrupt her valedictory speech. Were any ethics breached here? If so, who was "right" and who

Business Ethics: trend in behavior towards discrimination and the environment

In the 1980s and for most of the 1990's, the preponderance of ethical issues in a business setting involved discrimination or harm to the environment. Now fraudulent and dishonest conduct on the part of senior executives are capturing headlines and calling into question business ethics. Why is this trend occurring now? What

Employee honesty: effectiveness of an ethics program

In a recent research study at Ohio State University, a professor found that even honest people, left to their own devices, will steal from their employers. In this study, the researchers gave financial services workers the opportunity to steal a small amount of money after participating in an after-work project for which the pay

Reference regarding a former employee: do you tell the truth?

A company has called you for a reference regarding a former employee. You remember the employee as less than stellar. The dilemma is: Do you tell the truth and let the new company know that the worker is not competent, or do you withhold the whole truth and help the worker get the job?

John Doe's Will

As a nurse, you are the last person to see Mr. Doe before he dies in hospital. You believe that he has become mentally incompetent in the last few hours and in that time he has rewritten his will. In the new will he viciously attacks each member of his adopted family and reveals that he actually was born a woman. He then cuts ev

Ethics: Compare and contrast the Utilitarian and Kantian arguments

A) Compare and contrast the Utilitarian and Kantian arguments for viewing privacy as a right. Note the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. B) Employees in the United States have less protection than anywhere else in the industrialized world. What protection is there? How do advocates of greater protection argue that th

Sarbanes Oxley Act and Ethics

Do you think that businesses are more ethical after the passing of the Sarbanes Oxley Act? What examples are there to support you answer?

Ethics: actions to change adverse environment decisions; treatment of employees

1.The company you work for has made a decision that - although legal - adversely affects the environment. You feel strongly that the decision is wrong. Describe two actions you could take to try to change the decision. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. 2. Consistent with its cost-based strategy, the company yo

Breach of Ethics: dental students

Recently, there was a breach of ethics by some graduating dental students. On their electronic transcripts ten of them had forged a professor's (they looked over his shoulder to acquire his password) signature on clinical work which they had performed. Apparently they had performed the work, but never acquired the authorized s


I was wondering what you all think about the sentencing of Paris Hilton for driving on a suspended license. Apparently, the maximum sentence is 90 days, the judge sentenced her to 45 days and she got out in 23 days for good behavior. She was in a special cell away from the general population. Everyone was in an uproar about t