PHL 323 Week 5 Team - Ethics in the Workplace Case Study

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ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACECASE STUDY ACTION PLAN:THE PINTO FIRES CASEPHL/323IntroductionFord Pinto made with gas tank problemsFord knew the problems existedFord neglected to make changesApproximately 1.5 million vehicles affectedSix deaths as a direct result of the problemOnly recalled after NHTSA and public scrutinySymptomsSenior management under pressure to regainmarket shareRecord tight schedules Focus on profits rather than safetyProblem reports treated as isolated incidentsProcesses designed for business efficiency ratherthan safetySenior management focused on profits rather thancustomer safetyEthical IssuesPre-launch testing showed propensity of fueltank to catch fireEight of 11 cars tested had a ruptured fuel tank The other three cars had additional safety measures Product wasnt redesigned (to save money) Product launched knowing it was defective Testing done as per Federal standards proposed butnot yet approved at the timeEthical Issues ContinuedFord Motor, like other automakers, opposed newFederal safety standardsMore than 3,000 died in car fires per year in the1960sEthical System: EntitlementCharacteristics of the Entitlement EthicalSystem: Guidedby self-service or self-interest No consideration or thought given to the rights orneeds of others No consideration for the organizations futureRights based

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