Below is a list my co-editor, Alexei Marcoux, and I have put together of the Top 10 business ethics stories scandalsyes, but not just those of If you prefer the PDF version, click here: BEH Year in Review, From the cheating carmaker to the price-gouging pharma-bro, to the coffee company that wanted us to have a casual chat about race with the barista, the year has been a cornucopia of case studies in the ethics of commerce.
For my media ethics course during the fall semester I completed a case study as part of a final project for the class. My analysis is as follows: The Case A local news agency has quite a challenging story on its hands. Amid corruption allegations of the local police force, an anonymous individual tips the news station off on an officer who intimidated several teenage boys into engaging in sexual contact with him years before.
Allegedly, he pulled them over then offered to let them go in exchange for sex. The officer was forced to resign, but the chief of police, out of embarrassment, did not refer the case to the district attorney. The news station got in contact with two victims, one of which agreed to an interview, though he later wished to remain anonymous.
A reporter tracked down the officer, who had moved quite a distance away from the town.
The man not only confessed to the acts, but also threatened to kill himself if the story aired. Moving along, we know that the chief of police did not refer the case to the district attorney, amplifying the potential for fallout in this story.
On the topic, a victim granted an interview, despite later wishing to be anonymous. Lastly, there are the possible consequences for the station itself to consider.
Values The station certainly honors the victims in this scenario—the young men assaulted by the officer. Previous stories on sexual assault had kept victims anonymous, thus this could be the case here as well.
Furthermore, the officer confessed to his misdoings in private, not on-the-record, so it could be problematic having sources to confirm this. Principles Utilitarian This approach is simple—it seeks the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
Thus, this approach seems to favor running the story. Rights This approach focuses on respecting moral rights, keeping promises, expressing gratitude, and avoiding harm. In this view, then, it would be less preferable to run the story.
At the same time, though, they could feel isolated and scared in this kind of suffering, and they might still want justice. The offender enjoyed special powers as an officer, but he abused these and broke the law, which even public officials are subject to. This approach favors seems to favor the story airing.
Common Good Under this mindset, the accepted good in life is community life, which all members should work to maintain. A corrupt police force is unfriendly to any community even on a fundamental level.
Additionally, the news has an obligation to help the community by reporting on issues that challenge and compromise it.
Especially amid new allegations, this approach tells us to run the story. Virtue This approach states that ideal virtues allow individuals to live to their highest potential, and emphasizes thought before action, self-control, and prudence.
The reporter on the scene showed great care for the former officer, and his confirmation of the crimes make it a lot less likely that the victim interviewed was lying. This mindset tells us to run the story.
Loyalties A central factor here is the overall payoff of the story. Both the police and news need to be loyal to the community; however, the police have had a major breach in this—the situation could even get worse if not addressed as soon as possible. This has long-term benefits for the community even if spelling out big trouble for the police in the short-term.
As part of being respectful, the news agency is allowing the constituents of the police to know about breaches in trust, which is essential in a healthy democracy.The Case Study Collection is a database of ethics cases from the fields of science, engineering, the social sciences, and business..
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