management homework

timer Asked: Nov 13th, 2016

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  • Find an example of an activity or behavior that is ethical but illegal.
  • Find an example of an activity or behavior that legal but unethical.

For each examples discuss why there is a mismatch. See how each activity or behavior is perceived ethically and legally in other countries. Where does the justification for the ethical perspective derive (political, philosophical, religious, academic, professional, etc..).

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  • Find an article that highlights a current ethical challenge faced by government. Post a link to the article to your document, address the following issues:
    • 20% - What is the issue?
    • 20% - What is one side of the issue and who supports that side?
    • 20% - What is the other side of the issue and who supports that side?
    • 10% - Is there a clearly defined body regulating this issue?
    • 10% - Is there a clearly defined position that is being enforced?
    • 20% - What is your position on this issue?

    I attached an example of how the answer should be, but please use a different examples

For this ethics module, I decided to focus on a similar behavior, but in two different ways. 1.) An activity that is ethical but illegal would be a civilian running a red light or speeding for in an emergency such as someone’s life depends on it or if someone was having a baby. You may be doing your best to rush to a hospital to save someone or make sure someone has a safe delivery, but you would still be breaking the law. Not only that, but you would be putting everyone in that car in danger as well as other drivers as well. I was not able to find anywhere else in the world that made it legal to run a red light in an emergency. All the information I found stated that it is illegal and it puts others at risk as well. This behavior would derive from a philosophical point of view. It is not in the best interest of anyone for someone to put lives at risk for an emergency 2.) An activity that may be legal but is unethical are police turning on their lights in order to go through a red light at in intersection, and then turning them off once they are across. I can understand if an officer does that in an emergency situation, but I have witness officers abuse this. They simply turn their lights on because they don’t feel like waiting. This is not only unethical but it can be very dangerous as well as they are running through a red light and other cars may not be able to see this which could cause an accident. Australia has some regulations regarding a similar situation. In short terms, emergency vehicles are allowed to run red lights if they meet certain criteria. “All Australian jurisdictions have (in general) common road rules. In NSW these are enacted by Road Rules 2014 regulation under the Road Transport Act 2013. The relevant provision is Clause 306: 306 Exemption for drivers of emergency vehicles A provision of these Rules does not apply to the driver of an emergency vehicle if: (a) in the circumstances: (i) the driver is taking reasonable care, and (ii) it is reasonable that the rule should not apply, and (b) if the vehicle is a motor vehicle that is displaying a blue or red flashing light or sounding an alarm” (Law Stack Exchange) I would say that both of these countries derive this perspective from a professional view. I can see that they might have to do this in an emergency situation in their job. But like all things, certain people bend the rules in their favor.

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