guide businesses toward fair job promotion practices B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

guide businesses toward fair job promotion practices B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

Instructions for Case Studies (Discussions) in Ethics

Discussions of case studies in ethics (Signature Assignment).

Participate in discussions of various ethical issues, interacting with the instructor and others (weeks 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12).

Discussions #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5: Ethics case studies:

Read the instructions carefully: Study each topic as described in the case study, consulting the suggested biblical resources, and analyze the situation.

  • What are the ethical issues in the situation (e.g., honesty, faithfulness, protection of the helpless, or something else)?
  • What are possible motives that at work here? (e.g., selfishness, good will, love)
  • What are possible consequences of different actions one could take?
  • What do you think would be the best course of action?

Please only use the “reply” button to keep discussions in the same thread. Read the posts of other students and feel free to interact with them. Please keep discussions friendly. The goal here is to try to discern ethical values and ideas in contemporary topics, rather than trying to win an argument or to prove someone else wrong. Study the grading rubric in order to know how to make a good grade on these discussions. For example, in order to make a superior grade, you need to do research work in at least one source, use that source in your discussion post, and cite that source. The source can be the Bible, the textbook, or some other source. The better posts with use more than one source, for example, some Bible verses and a good journal article or book.

Grading Rubric for the Discussion of Ethics Case Studies

Grading Rubric for Ethics Case Studies Discussion Posts

Grading for discussions is based on the quality and substance of the posts

Points/ forum





Very well developed, introduces new ideas. Ties experience to concepts. Shows strong understanding and application of course material. Spellchecked and demonstrates good English grammar. Properly uses, quotes, and cites at least one source, preferably more, that is relevant and helpful to the discussion.




Acceptably developed, introduces some new ideas. Applies course material. Spellchecked and demonstrates good English grammar. Cites as least one source that was researched for the discussion.




Moderately developed ideas, some application of course materials. Modest contribution to synthesis of content. Spellchecked but not edited for grammar.




Limited development of ideas and scant application of course materials. Little substantive contribution to synthesis of content. Neither spellchecked nor edited for grammar.


No participation.

Third Discussion: Ethics Case Study #3

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Ethics Case Study #3: Making a decision as a manager. Who will you promote? The department manager below you has retired. You have the responsibility of choosing the next manager. Four candidates from outside the department were considered along with two from inside the department. Upper management has urged you to make an “inside” hire if there is someone qualified, because business is currently tight and profit margins are very narrow. The company is wanting to trim the workforce through retirement and those who leave for other reasons and try to avoid laying off workers. Since the two candidates inside the department are both qualified, you believe you can work within those preferred guidelines. Here is a partial description of the two candidates.

  • One candidate is an older worker who has been with the company for close to thirty-five years and would be retiring in another five years. She has a good employment record, other employees like her, and you believe she would be compatible with the rest of the work force. However, she is the less qualified candidate of the two candidates as far as education. She has no college degree. Also, in recent projects in the department, she has not played a leading role. However, she has served on some of the committees.
  • The other candidate is in his late 20s, only having been with the company for about four years. He has a college degree in engineering and has already been the team leader in several projects in the department. His working relationship with other employees is also quite good. He is anxious to move up into higher management. You are aware that another company recently showed interest in trying to hire him away.

You believe either individual would do a good job as a leader. Which one would you choose as the new department manager? On what basis?

Post your discussion remarks using the “reply” button as you have done in previous ethics case studies. Remember to use and cite at least one reference source.

Study/research suggestions:

Look at the following article in Wikipedia and read the section on “Human Resource Management,” especially where it talks about promotions. This will not settle the issue for you, but it will give you some food for thought. The second link is a web site that has a template to guide businesses toward fair job promotion practices. It will give you some good ideas for your discussion post also. (Links to an external site.)

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