Note: The following companies
and characters are fictional.
very prestigious events planning firm, Verlon, has approached John Sanders,
vice president of Echo Echo Industries, to secure a contract as a vendor. The
president of Verlon Events Planning would like Echo Echo Industries to consider
their company for planning Echo Echo’s several corporate upcoming conventions.
Echo Echo hosts 3 large events per year, which results in the awarding of more
than $500,000 dollars in contracts. David Smith is in charge of researching
suppliers and vendors for Echo Echo Industries to ensure compliance with their
ethics department. One of the ethical stipulations for awarding contracts is
that agreements cannot be awarded to relatives of upper-management employees.
Vice president Sanders, David’s boss, recommends Verlon catering as a choice,
and states to David, “There is not a need to do research on Verlon. I can vouch
for the company.” He also states that David would be up for a promotion if the
upcoming events are successful. David is excited about this news; he was
unemployed for 2 years before landing his present position 6 months ago. A
promotion would certainly help him catch up on bills and provide for his family
of four. However, out of curiosity about the Verlon company, David conducts
some research. He discovers that the Verlon Event Planning’s president is the
ex-sister-in-law to his boss. At the monthly general finance meeting for
approving contracts, the finance manager, William Young, asks David two
questions: “Is the company reputable?” and “Would there be a conflict of
interest according to our company policies?” Vice president Sanders and Young
look in David’s direction for the answers.
this ethical dilemma, and then answer the following:
From a deontological perspective, what
should David do in this situation?
Should David have discussed the research
findings with his boss before the meeting? Why? What is at risk here?
What ramifications, if any would David
answers have for the companies? For David?
What library sources might you offer to
support your positions here? How do they differ from your ideas?
Have you ever been placed in a situation
such as this one? What decisions did you have to make? What was the outcome?
Discuss with 2 or more classmates their
positions and responses to the ethical dilemma presented.