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Applying a Decision-Making Framework

Assignment: Fully Applying a Decision-Making Framework

? Read the Locker Room Talk Ethics Case

? Analyze the case using stakeholder impact analysis and the philosophical approaches to
ethical decision making.

? Explain what you think Albert should do in 700- to 1,050-words.

Review the questions below to help analyze the case.

? What is the ethical dilemma in the case?

? What events led to the dilemma?

? When describing the dilemma, did you mistakenly propose a solution?

? Have you identified stakeholders?

? What is their stake in the case?

? Have you described every stakeholder in an objective, unbiased way?

? Have you clearly stated the course of action Albert should take?

? What reasons support your decision?

? What philosophical approach did you use to reach your decision?

? What are the weaknesses of your argument? Have you addressed

? How do you think each stakeholder will be impacted by your decision?

? Are there potential impacts on stakeholders that are difficult to anticipate? Have
you identified them?

? Do you present new evidence or analysis in the conclusion? Would it be more
appropriate in another section of the paper?

? Have you summarized the dilemma, your decision, and the potential impact on stakeholders?

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Albert Gable is caught up in an ethical dilemma that involves many stakeholders. The main stakeholders are Larry and his wife Susan, himself, the firm, and the loan officer. The ethical dilemma of the case is whether Albert should say anything about the apparent differences in account information present at the bank and detailed knowledge he has about them. His personal stake in the situation is a bonus he may not receive if he loses the clients' business. Albert can do several things. First, he can say nothing and get his bonus and pay his daughter's tuition. Second, he could confront Larry alone about the situation. Third, he could inform Susan face to face or anonymously regarding the scenario. Fourth, he could confront them together. Fifth, he can simply resign as their financial representative due to a conflict of interest and immediately lose the bonus.

Albert is a professional. His CPA credential mandates that he must uphold certain moral and ethical standards beyond considerations of the potential consequences. As such, the deontology framework is probably most applicable. This ethical decision making framework ...

Solution Summary

The solution describes what a professional should do to solve an ethical dilemma and what decision making framework should be used.