Case Incident 2 : Whistle Blowers

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John Watson
MT302 Organizational Behavior
Unit Three: Case Incident 2
Whistle Blowers: Saints or Sinners
6/27/09

Whistle Blowers: Saints or Sinners
1. Do you believe that whistle-blowing is good for organizations and its members, or is it, as David Stetler believes, often a means to extort financial gains from companies?

Is having strong ethics whether they are ethical or unethical practices makes it easier for a person to take action than for that person to process the making of decisions and choices for today's ethically working environment? In this week's case "whistle blowing" is a new topic and issue for me in which I only heard of a few months ago. I heard of it through a discussion board from a previous class in which students were trying to prevent employees from revealing confidentiality and security from an organization to others who were not suppose to have this information. "Whistle blowing" was one of the solutions to preventing this act. I feel that in this case of Douglas Duran former VP of sales for TAP, it was his good ethics and intuition to correct the wrongdoing of the organization while using the precise process of decision-making and chose to go through the court system to punish the company for what they may have been doing towards the insurance company. My reasoning is that Duran is innocent from unethical practices from extorting financial gains from TAP. According to Senator Charles Grassley, "having informants report on company wrongdoings is the best way to prevent illegal activity. There can never be enough bureaucrats to discourage fraudulent use of taxpayer's money but knowing colleagues might squeal can be deterrent" (Judge, 2007) p.179. The reason was for his innocence is there were 500 boxes of evidence and the case settled. In addition, it cost TAP over 1 billion dollars of legal fees to clear them of all wrongdoing. David Stetler's, job as a defense attorney is to defend whether the defendant is right...
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