• October 31st, 2015

ETH 501 M4C-Duty Ethics

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DUTY ETHICS
Assignment Overview
In this assignment, you will be applying duty ethics to the Enron case.
Required Reading – ATTACHED
Madsen, S., & Vance, C. (2009). Unlearned lessons from the past: An insider’s view of Enron’s downfall. Corporate Governance, 9(2), 216-227. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Optional Reading-ALL ATTACHED
Chandra, G. (2003). The Enron implosion and its lessons. Journal of Management Research, 3(2), 98-111. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Free, C., Macintosh, N., & Stein, M. (2007). Management controls: The organizational fraud triangle of leadership, culture and control in Enron. Ivey Business Journal Online. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Sims, R. R., & Brinkmann, J. (2003). Enron ethics (or: culture matters more than codes). Journal of Business Ethics, 45(3), 243-256. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Assignment
In a well-written, 4-page paper (not including cover and reference pages), apply Duty Ethics to the Enron case study.
1. Briefly (1-2 paragraphs) describe what is meant by duty ethics.
2. Choose two ethical issues raised by the Enron case, e.g., Enron’s accounting fraud, the company’s reward systems, use of special purpose entities, “deal making” company culture, etc.
3. Apply duty ethics your two Step 2 choices. How does use of duty ethics as a lens inform the ethical nature of your two choices? Remember that duty ethics concerns duty and rights, so be sure to address both in your written analysis.
4. Be sure to include at least two other sources not already provided.
5. Be sure that you properly cite your sources using proper APA style, and use proper in-text citations.

Unlike utility ethics, “duty” ethics hold that the duty to act (or not to act) is rooted in the goodness or evil of the act itself – and not in the outcome of the act. Said differently, certain acts are good or bad in and of themselves. Immanuel Kant was a duty-based philosopher, who argued that people must act out of duty.

Read the following resource introducing duty-based ethics:

Duty-based ethics. (2014). BBC. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/duty_1.shtml

 

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