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Team Project Groups of students (“ teams”) will develop a business ethics brief case study after completing a very brief ‘industry audit’ as it relates to ethical issues in the industry. The teams will review the industry, prepare a very short literature review of said industry, and write a meaningful ethical dilemma (“Scenario = Situation Summary”) and apply ethical decision-making models from diverse perspectives. The rationale for this experiential project after the exemplar (Appendix C below).
This assignment requires each team create a short scenario and ethical analysis of an organization of your choice(except you may not choose child labour or bribery) . This may be a case based on your own or a team member’s experience, the experience of a friend or family member, or something you have read about recently in the news or elsewhere. Please choose a current unresolved dilemma rather than a case that already resolved (i.e. ideally, the ethical issues and decisions should still be happening and not yet decided). The facts of the dilemma should arise within the last year. Your scenario may not involve child labour. Like the example scenario below (Appendix C), your Scenario = Situation Summary should not use real names. Your team will apply ethical decision-making models from diverse perspectives by first identifying stakeholders and their interests in the above short scenario of a business organization of your choice. The purpose of this project is to develop your ethical critical thinking and application skills in decision-making, self-management, group work and report writing. To complete the project effectively it is important that you think as managers and leaders and apply the knowledge, i.e., the theories and concepts, you have learned throughout the course.
You will complete a report to the business’s CEO offering advice on how best to deal with ONE or TWO specific ethics issues the company is facing. Continually thinking about how the course materials relate to your chosen organization and Ethical Situation Summary by applying different ethics models to evaluate different alternative decisions and actions.
Format (10 % ) Clarity, Spelling, Grammar are relevant throughout – Professionalism
The term project will take the form of a written Report in format of a Word.doc file
7-10 Pages + Appendices
Single spaced with Size 11- Calibri font- normal margins
Contents – Introduction (10 % )
Introduction to the industry/ industry overview/ major players in industry
Size, location, etc.
Literature review of ethical issues in the industry
All above items together should be 1 -2 pages (10% for both together plus separate references page)
Ethical Issues/ Scenario ( 20% )
Identification of current ethical issues in appox. 2 page scenario of a specific business ethics story
Ethical Analysis (40% altogether – breakdown below)
Consider stakeholder interests and apply models of ethical and stakeholder theories to scenario in 3 to 5 pages
Recommendations & What we learned = Reflection (20% total) -clearly describe what your team learned about an ethical dilemma from diverse perspectives when recommending action about business relationships that are interconnected & interrelated(1 page max.).
Report Outline (Appendix A below is Rubric)
10 % Clarity, Spelling, Grammar are relevant throughout – Professionalism : Spelling, grammar, citations and referencing of sources, clarity. You must use at least 10 outside sources, Wikipedia may give you valuable links to other sources but is not a source in itself. Any common referencing approach is acceptable but MUST be used for all ideas, quotes, statistics, dates or other information that is not common knowledge or your own analysis and original thought.
Intro .-Industry Overview- 5% (1 page max)
Team has completed an industry description including but not limited to: Size, Location, Major players
Literature Review- 5% (research of industry Ethical Issues 1 page max plus bibliography as separate page)
Team has exhausted academic materials and succinctly summarized into a single scholarly paper
journals, whitepapers, text, all secondary sources (references listed on separate page)
Ethical Issues/ Scenario – 20% Team has clearly illustrated ethical issues by describing facts the business is facing.
AWARENESS (Recognize a Moral Issue, i.e. Situation Summary):
Key questions: What are the relevant facts? What are the ethical issues?
Very briefly summarize the business organization and then, in detail, explain what facts management is dealing with that you have identified as ethical or moral in nature. You will describe at least 3 relevant stakeholders and their relationship in the scenario. A good very short exemplar of Scenario = Situation Summary is Karen’s Ethical Dilemma (Appendic C below).
Ethical Analysis and Recommendations : total – 50% (3 parts: A,B & C )
Team completes Moral Judgment and Establish Moral Intent
Part A of Analysis (An exemplar is set out below Appendix C which is Stakeholders’ interests and application of normative ethical theories – 30%:
Key questions: Who are the primary stakeholders? What are the possible alternative choices the company has? What are the ethics of the alternatives? You will apply class materials, frameworks and constructs to identify, analyze, and understand the issues the organization is facing and make a moral judgment and establish moral intent about the issue or issue(s) you identified. You must use Stakeholder Theory (examine 3 to 5 relevant stakeholders in detail) and at least two of the Normative Ethical Theories.
Part B 10% – You also must use concepts from at least two different additional class modules, from Chapters 6 to 11, to support any part of your analysis (i.e. CSR, stakeholders, sustainability, employee relations, marketing ethics, civil society, government etc.) found and clearly laid out best practices within the industry.
(Part C) Recommended ACTION – Engage in Moral Behaviour ( 10% ):
Key questions: What are the practical constraints (are there limits on what you can realistically do)? What actions should be taken? How should they be taken? In this section include up to four suitable recommendations to the CEO to address the issues you have identified. Be sure to link these choices to what you analyzed above, they should not ‘come out of the blue’. These should all be concrete recommendations that the organization can implement.
What we learned in the course: ( 10% ): Reflect upon questions like: What is the most valuable learning you have gained? What practices can be extended to your future decision-making?
INTRO: Industry Overview
including Literature Review (research of industry’s Ethical Issues plus bibliography)
/10
AWARNESS (Recognize a Moral Issue – Situation Summary of facts):
Organization summarized and 1or 2 ethical problems clearly identified, with evidence.
Clear and concise summary of organization and pressing issues – 17-20
Done well, but less clarity of writing and explanations not complete – 14-16
Done well, but not enough problems identified or not all clear – 10-13
Done poorly (wrong information, not ethical issues, information missing) – 0-9
/20
ANALYZE (Make Moral Judgment and Establish Moral Intent – Situation Analysis:
A. Problem analyzed using Stakeholder Theory and Two Normative Ethical Theories:
Excellent use of concepts to analyze the situation and ethical issues, firm grasp of the concepts and in-depth and insightful analysis – 25 to 30
Good use of course concepts to analyze the problems, less clarity or grasp of concepts – 21-24
Adequate use of course concepts, but not fully clear or inappropriate for the situation or issues – 115-20
Poor ethical analysis that shows lack of understanding of course constructs and their application, one or more required constructs missed – 0 to 15
B. Problem analyzed using at least two additional course constructs
( Chapters 6 to 11 ): (i.e. globalization, sustainability, employee relations, marketing ethics, civil society, government etc.)
Excellent use of concepts to analyze the situation and ethical issues, firm grasp of the concepts and in-depth and insightful analysis – 8 to 10
Good use of course concepts to analyze the problems, less clarity or grasp of concepts – 7
Adequate use of course concepts, but not fully clear or inappropriate for the situation or issues – 5 to 6
Poor ethical analysis that shows lack of understanding of course constructs and their application, one or more required constructs missed – 0-5
/40
C. ACTION (10% – Recommendations) + 10% What we learned :
Solutions proposed, supported with course material, how each problem identified above will be solved is highlighted, plus Reflection:
Solutions flow from the problem analysis, well supported –16 to 20
Solutions clear and somewhat linked or supported – 11 to 15
Solutions unclear and/or unclear how problems will be solved – 10
Poor solution proposal – 0-9
/20
Clarity, Spelling, Grammar – Professionalism Writing Skills:
Report flows, is easy to read, and is free of errors
Excellent – 10
Average – 7
Poor – 5
/10
Total
/100

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