Redgrove Axial Workshop Case Study

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|Redgrove Axial Workshop | | | | | |Don Hazelwood, Lane Robilotto, Tara Pappas | |December 6, 2011 |

Table Of Contents

Abstract3

Facts of the Case4

What Fontaine is Trying to Achieve5

Challenges of a New Position6

Corporate Culture6

Axial Workshop7

Beneath the Surface7

Use/Abuse of Discretion8

Scope of the Problem10

Stakeholders10

Identification of Available Options10

Ethical Principles Discussion 14

Consequentialist Theory14

Deontological Theory19

Virtue Ethics21

Recommendation23

References25

Appendix A: Picture of Ornament Found in Workshop Storage 26

Appendix B: Redgrove Monthly Plant Scap-Metal Sales, 27
12-Month Period

Appendix C: Excerpt from ITE Code of Conduct28

Appendix D: Summary of Redgrove Records of Material29 Misappropriation Incidents and Sanctions, 1998-2007

Appendix E: Consequentialist Analysis – Option A 30
(Do Nothing)

Appendix F: Consequentialist Analysis – Report Incident, 31 Request Guidance

Appendix G: Consequentialist Analysis – Don’t Report, 32 Handle Incident In-House

Appendix H: Consequentialist Analysis – Report Incident 33 but Recommend Actions and Gain Upper Management Buy-In

Abstract

This paper addresses the ethical issues at Redgrove Axial workshop. Marc Fontaine is the manager of the compressor manufacturing division at the Redgrove Plant, and has been on the job approximately one month when he discovers employees have been using company equipment to build personal decorative ornaments utilizing scrap material which is normally sold to recycling companies. This practice is against the company's written code of conduct; however, the workshop foreman’s knowledge of the practice and failure to prevent it has condoned the behavior.

The analysis of the ethical problem begins by listing the facts of the case and defining the scope of the problem Fontaine is faced with. After reviewing all the aspects of the case, four courses of action have been identified. A brief discussion of the three ethical principles will lead us to our final recommendation of what Fontaine should do in order to resolve the ethical problems at hand, thereby providing benefits to all stakeholders.

Case Study – Redgrove Axial Workshop

Facts of the Case:
Marc Fontaine has recently become the manager of compressor manufacturing at Redgrove Axial Workshop, part of the International Technology and Electronics (ITE) Corporation. This position is a temporary one as part of a larger ITE accelerated leadership program. After a month on the job, Fontaine discovers a number of ornaments (Appendix A) in the workshop’s storage room which appears to be made from the same material used to make the compressors. Fontaine believes employees of his department may be using company materials, comprised of scraps and metal shavings - normally sold to a local recycling company (Appendix B) - for personal use and felt he needed to notify the Manufacturing Director (Sam Collins) and Plant Director (Peter Garland) about the incident.

Upon further investigation, Fontaine discovers the practice of utilizing production materials for personal use is against...
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