What should Betty do?

Assignments:
Based on your reading for this week, and the required multi-media, analyze and discuss the three ethical scenarios presented as separate discussion topics PLUS one issue from your own experience (topic four). In your analysis, rather than simply stating how you feel about the situations, apply the principles and theories in the readings to create a reasonable and informed position.
Suggested order of readings/multimedia:
Badaracco video lecture;: Bagley and Savage, chapters 1 and 2;Hunt & Hansen article, Christensen article, Martynov article, Seferian YouTube video, Seferian and Nova PBS video.

* Seferian, Avedis, and Nova, Scott. in PBS interview on recent efforts by retailers to invest in safer factories in Bangladesh (after the devastating factory collapse in that country). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99iXscgvAWQ
First scenario/ 1 page only

Betty Bass was a highly respected Senior Vice President at Colossal Technology Enterprises and well known for her community service work. Betty had been at Colossal for over ten years and had risen from the ranks, starting out as an assistant project specialist and steadily progressing to a senior management position. Betty’s performance evaluations during her time at Colossal ranged from Very Good to Outstanding performance. Betty’s leadership on many Colossal projects resulted in increased revenue for the company. She was generally well respected in the company, but, as is often the case with office politics, there were some people who had competed with her for positions in the past and were envious of her success.

Shortly after Betty’s most recent promotion to Senior Vice President, Joe Johnson, who was also a candidate for the position, attended a conference. Joe was very disappointed about not getting the promotion, and, after a few too many drinks at a social gathering, he shared his disappointment with a couple he had just met that night. He was comparing his qualifications with Betty’s and he mentioned Betty’s name. As it turned out, the man he was talking with had known Betty at a previous job, and he mentioned to Joe that he was interested to hear that Betty had completed her MBA at UMUC because when he knew her, she had dropped out.

When Joe returned to work, he went to Human Resources and told Harriet Ryder, an HR representative that he had heard from a reliable source that Betty had not completed her MBA and he thought that HR should check on this.

Current Human Resources policies at Colossal require potential employees to submit transcripts from the degree-granting institutions for all degrees on their resumes, but this requirement was not in place ten years ago when Betty first began working for Colossal. After discussing this issue with her manager, Harriet contacted Betty and told her that HR needed to update her records. Harriet asked Betty to contact the educational institutions where she received her degrees to request official transcripts to be sent directly to Human Resources at Colossal.

This request made Betty’s heart sink, because, in fact, she had never received her MBA. She was 18 credits from completion when she had to drop out because of family obligations. She really needed a job at that time and had put the MBA degree on her resume to enhance her chances of getting hired. An MBA was not a requirement for the assistant project specialist job that she was hired into ten years ago, but it is a requirement for the Senior Vice President position she currently holds. However, some of the current Senior VPs, who assumed the position prior to the MBA requirement, do not have MBAs.
Be sure to apply either the Ethical Leader’s Decision Tree or Professor Badaracco’s method to analyze the issues before stating your recommendations.
1. What should Betty do?

2. How should Human Resources handle this situation?
Second scenario/ 1 page only
LOOSE LIPS BRING PINK SLIPS: FIRED FOR GOSSIP AT THE OFFICE
A CASE STUDY
by
Rosemary Hartigan and Paula O’Callaghan*
Just four years out of college, Alex Sharkey was a fast rising junior account executive at JPW, a full service advertising and public relations agency, working in the firm’s main office on Madison Avenue in New York.
Through family connections Sharkey obtained a position with JPW and went to work following graduation. As a graduation gift from Dad Sharkey received a copy of Never Eat Alone, the popular relationship building self-help book by Keith Ferazzi (2005). Sharkey deeply absorbed and applied the advice in this bestseller and over four years took the time to get to know everyone in the office, every competitor and every media contact . That investment of time seemed to pay off. Alex’s boss, Sam Cypher, the Vice President of the PR division gave Sharkey especially positive feedback on people skills on each performance review.
Over time Sharkey found that information gleaned from socializing with one person could be useful. So, Alex shared. It was easy; people would offer things – and Alex would pass ***
One Monday, during lunch with an associate from a competitor firm, Sharkey learned that a female account executive at JPW, junior to Alex in tenure, was about to be promoted to senior account executive in the PR area. Sharkey was shocked and finished lunch with temper barely under control. Alex remarked to a companion, “I can’t understand why all his networking hasn’t paid off? I didn’t even know we had a senior exec position open. Why Sheila Sharpe, and not me?” The lunch mate told Alex to “Get over it” adding, “she’s probably sleeping with Cypher; isn’t that how these things usually happen?”
Sharkey was deeply distressed about being “passed over” for the promotion and couldn’t let it go. Sharkey began to analyze — why would Sheila Sharpe be worthy of promotion? She’d been with the firm only one year and Sharkey considered her to have inferior client development skills. Over time the informant’s remark took root. Was it possible that Sharpe could be sleeping with Cypher? The more Alex thought about it, it seemed the only logical explanation for Sharpe’s sudden rise.
The following weekend JPW held an off-site company retreat for the entire staff. Sharkey had the perfect opportunity to test the theory while alone at the breakfast buffet with Cypher’s secretary. Alex casually asked if the boss’s marital troubles had worked themselves out yet. Without missing a beat the secretary said, “Sadly, no, Sam’s still living at the Residence Inn. It’s his kids I worry about – did you know he has twins in the first grade? What must they think about him running around with that young woman?” Caught a bit off guard, Sharkey quickly recovered and replied casually, “I guess you mean Sheila Sharpe?” “Well, you didn’t hear it from me,” was the terse reply, made with a wink and a smile.
Later that day Alex tried out the theory on two peers during happy hour at the off-site. Of course, Alex had to reveal Sharpe’s impending promotion to gain their interest. One of the companions raised her eyebrows and said, “Why, yes, I have seen Cypher and Sharpe together in the office after hours. I thought they were working on the Westheimer account, but now that you mention it, Sheila wasn’t even on that team at the time.” It wasn’t quite the positive confirmation Alex was seeking, but that statement did seem to add some credibility to the theory. Sharkey sent off a quick email ***
The Monday following the off-site weekend, a memo was circulated from Sam Cypher, announcing that Sheila Sharpe had been promoted from junior account executive to senior account executive in the PR division.
Bitter and displeased, Sharkey went to lunch that day with two peers from the PR department. It happened that they were the same two co-workers in whom Sharkey had confided at the off-site. Sharkey repeated the conversation with Cypher’s secretary. All three agreed that the promotion seemed suspicious and an improper relationship seemed likely. They agreed to ask around and see if anyone in the office knew more.
Be sure to apply either the Ethical Leader’s Decision Tree or Badaracco’s method to analyze the situation fully before you respond to the questions.
1. Is Sharkey’s behavior ethical? Does it make a difference if the allegation of the affair between his boss and Sheila Sharpe is true or false?
2. Sam Cypher finds out that Sharkey has been gossiping about him and Sheila Sharpe. Assume the gossip about Sam and Sheila is not true, and Sam wants to fire Sharkey. Should the Human Resources Office support his decision?

Third scenario/ 1 page only
Seferian, Avedis, on the positive effects of social compliance on business sustainability

Seferian, Avedis, and Nova, Scott. in PBS interview on recent efforts by retailers to invest in safer factories in Bangladesh (after the devastating factory collapse in that country).

In the multimedia presentation assigned this week, Avedis Seferian represents the effort by a consortium of retailers to accredit factory safety in Bangladesh (through the organization, WRAP), prompted by the factory collapse that killed hundreds of workers in that country. Scott Nova represents the reaction of his worker rights organization to the specific Bangladesh proposals. What is the basis of their disagreement? Which ethical theories do you think best describes these two individuals’ judgments? In your opinion, is one speaker “more ethical” than the other? In answering these questions, be sure to:
1. Describe the ethical theory as it is applied by each speaker;
2. Provide support from each speaker’s own words to support your determination of his ethical theory.
3. Describe the ethical theory that underlies your own ethical judgment.
Fourth scenario/ 1 page only
Your Scenario
Ethical issues arise in the workplace all the time. Describe a situation that you have encountered in the workplace that you believe raises some ethical issues. Then apply one of the assigned ethical frameworks to analyze the situation.

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