Briefly Applying a Decision-Making Framework
1. Who are the stakeholders involved in this decision?
The stakeholders that will be affected by this decision are Linkage Construction Inc., the companies that Linkage Construction Inc. contracts for, the investors, employees, and the community but Linkage Construction Inc. is the only one taking part in the main decision making.
2. What are the ethical issues involved?
The ethical issues involved are whether to manipulate the financial records of Linkage Construction Inc. to make it look as if less profit was earned for the current year, following accounting rules, and placing the duty to the employer ahead of the duty to the public.
3. What should Sue do?
Sue has to decide if manipulating the financial records of Linkage Construction Inc. would be the best ethical decision for the stakeholders involved. According to the CEO of Linkage Construction Inc., Anne Distagne, not doing this action would show that they made too much of a profit this year. She stated to Sue that it would look like they were off of their well-managed path and that she did not correctly handle the company’s activity. She has commanded for Sue to manipulate the records, knowing that it is not ethical to the accounting profession, but claimed that she has to do it for the duty to her employer. The other stakeholders involved in this issue are the companies that Linkage Construction Inc. contracts for, the investors, employees, and the community. The companies that Linkage Construction Inc. contracts for have interest in this issue because they hire this company to do work for them. They also have to show the work that was completed and how much money was paid out to Linkage Construction Inc. on their financial records. Using ethical analysis, if Sue were to manipulate the financial records, this would also hurt these companies’ financial records. The investors have interest in this issue because of the funds that they have...
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