Introduction to ethics and governance Questions for tutorial 1
Questions a) What are the differences between immoral and amoral management (Carroll, 2001)? b) What are the differences between intentional and unintentional amoral management (Carroll, 2001)? c) How should an organisation deal with an activity that is legal but unethical? d) Why is plagiarism an ethical issue?
II. Case study: The not-so-great Gatsby The hourly employees at Appleberg Electric Company are protected by a union agreement. You, a shift supervisor, have good relations with your workers and treat them as colleagues. Yet Gatsby, 56, a senior worker who is minimally competent, is an exception. He ignores any attempts you make to relate to him or motivate him. He operates a punch press and produces at barely the standard rate, often with more than twice the average number of defective parts. But since he makes the minimum standard required, he is meeting his obligations. He reacts badly to your discussions and suggestions, and insists that his work is not below union standards. Gatsby is surly, uncooperative and lacks the motivation to change. Your boss knows and detests Gatsby, as do Gatsby’s co-workers. He often makes offensive jokes about them, abuses them in public and many avoid him altogether. But there is no real negative effect on the other workers and no one has ever filed a formal complaint against Gatsby. Your boss now suggests that you take steps to encourage Gatsby to seek employment elsewhere – by moving him among the least desirable jobs and assigning him to inconvenient shifts. This is entirely legal – not a violation of the union agreement – although it certainly violates the spirit of the agreement and of the good unionmanagement relations at Appleberg. Your actions will surely be noticed and easily documented should Gatsby or the union wish to file a grievance against you. Your actions could cause a rift between the workers and...