Module 2 Case Assignment
Ethics 501: Business Ethics and Consequentialism
Dr. Bonnie L. Adams
We’re studying business ethics and every day when we go in our places of business we see so many people such as mangers, leader, and assign shift leaders lacking the knowledge of ethics. We have so many people not living in the deontological ethic world. Their living in their own world doing what they have to do no matter who it affect as long as they get what they want or need. This day and time there is so many people that is living in utilitarian ethical word. Meaning we have so many people coming up with new ideas and products but is really not doing enough research just in case they have some major defects. The Creation
BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Wilson Greatbatch, creator of the implantable pacemaker, which saved the lives of millions, died in his home near Buffalo, N.Y., his daughter said. He was 92(Unite Press International, 2011). "Never avoid doing anything because you fear it won't work," Greatbatch told University at Buffalo engineering students in 1990, the Buffalo News reported. "You shouldn't look only for success or peer approval. You should just do your work because it's a good thing to do (Unite Press International, 2011)." Greatbatch, an inventor, engineer and industrialist, appeared to succeed more often than fail, judging by his more than 350 U.S. and foreign patents. But he was best known for creating the pacemaker (Unite Press International, 2011). After he joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo, he worked on new transistors recording high-frequency heart sounds. By mistake, he installed a resistor with the wrong resistance, but he recognized that the pulse it created was identical to a normal beating heart, Greatbatch said in his book "The Making of the Pacemaker (Unite Press International, 2011)." Greatbatch realized that the new circuit could be used to control a human heartbeat and in his barn with $2,000 in savings he created 50 handmade pacemakers, but he had difficulty interesting physicians in his invention (Unite Press International, 2011). Technical Issues
The key aspect to the utilitarian ethical problem to this situation is that Pacemaker technology is in its infancy. When doctors implant a pacemaker, the patient's normal heartbeat is disabled, and he or she relies entirely on the device. If it fails, the patient's heart stops. Doctors are not very adept at installing the pacemakers, which are extremely delicate; there is even a story of a person yawning deeply, pulling the pacemaker wire in his chest, and dying (Shanks, Thomas, 1966). After that and many similar incidents, the board begins to reconsider whether your company should sell to the pacemaker company. Members of the board feel this situation is a major lawsuit just waiting to happen and your company, as well as the company you supply, will be liable (Shanks, Thomas, 1966). You take that information back to the board. People around the table have different opinions. One person says, "This is a bad deal, and it isn't our problem. We don't make enough on this sale to make the risk worthwhile." Another person says, "We don't know how other companies use the transistors we sell them; why should we be concerned about this one? What about that baby who died when the transistor in the incubator failed? We didn't know how that company was using the transistor." Another person says, "I think we're missing the real issue here. Don't we have an ethical obligation to sell the product to the pacemaker company? What will happen if we don't sell to them (Shanks, Thomas, 1996)?” Passing the Problem
"This is a time bomb waiting to happen. Why are we even talking about this?" Engineering was bemoaning the lack of standards for testing the electronics of pacemakers, and the majority of the Board understood that they had a problem with...
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