Jill Jones is a bright 45-year-old woman who is the vice-president of sales in a mid-sized family owned Candy Corporation. She began her career at the company right out of high school, and over the years earned two college degrees while working her way up the organizational ladder.
One day, Jill was stunned to learn that the firm’s head, William Potter, was considering placing his oldest son, Henry, in the position of CEO while he became chairman of the board. Years earlier, when Jill was in a middle management position, Henry had unsuccessfully propositioned her and made her life miserable. She had never mentioned the incident to anyone and had put it behind her when he was promoted to head the Miami branch of the business. However, now as she looks at William Potter she becomes even more shocked to hear him say” I can’t be objective about him Jill, You have always been so loyal to the company and successful in hiring excellent people for the sales force I want you to review him objectively and give me your recommendation.” Conflicting thoughts rush through her mind, the awful past, the all so possible awful future with him as her boss, the clear knowledge that he has done a great job with the Miami branch, and of course the knowledge that he is the bosses son. What should she do?
“Jill” has just come up against one of the myriad ethical dilemmas companies of all sizes and their employees face on an ongoing basis. Deciding the best course of action might be easy in some cases, when there are clear-cut choices between “right” and “wrong.” But there are many gray areas, like Jill’s, when it’s harder to know what the right choice is for you and your company.
Making an Ethical Decision
In this assignment, students will respond to a short case study demonstrating an understanding of an ethical dilemma and the ethical theories.
• Read critically and analyze the scenario provided;
• Answer the question, “What would you do?;”
• To answer the question, students must identify the ethical dilemma;
• Apply at least three theories to make the decision;
• Compare and contrast your results using the three theories;
• Choose the result that you consider to be the best resolution of the dilemma and explain why;
• This paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and three to four pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
• Title page;
• Introductory paragraph and a summary paragraph;
• Use headings to demarcate your discussion;
• Write in the third person;
• Use APA formatting for in-text citations and a reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes.
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While making ethical decisions is not always easy, it is always important and the scenario that Jill Jones faces illustrates the challenge of making ethical decisions (Lunday, Barry & Barry, 2004). Given the history that Jill has with Henry coupled with her fears about her future should he become her boss, it is highly unlikely that she will evaluate him objectively. Chmielewski (2004) asserts that one must be able to distinguish between competing choices in order to make ethical decisions. This paper argues that Jill should decline to evaluate Henry as requested citing a conflict of interest. Jill’s past experience with Henry and her fear of a possible awful future with him as her boss limits her ability to be objective.
The ethical dilemma
The ethical dilemma that Jill faces is deciding whether or not she should agree to evaluate Henry as requested. There is a conflict of interest because she would rather not work under him, thus she has a strong incentive to conclude that he is unsuitable for the role. Because Jill worries about the prospect of working under Henry and she has previously had an unpleasant experience with him, she cannot objectively evaluate his suitability for the role of CEO. Ethical decisions are often based on incomplete information, but in situations where one stands to gain or lose and in the absence of core measures upon which to base the decision such as the case with Jill, the ethical decision is to disqualify oneself....