Business Ethics

Feb 3rd, 2012
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1. Read the short case study below. Jenny is the HR manager at Omax, a large home appliances company that is faced with the need to drastically cut its workforce as a part of company’s strategy to move manufactoring facilities to developing countries. After having a board meeting with the senior management team, Jenny is given the task to “downsize” the procurement department. Currently, Alan and John both work as procurement officers responsible for sourcing suppliers but only one position will be available between them. Off the job John is a member of a book club where he has formed a friendship with Jenny, the HR manager. Jenny also heard that John recently has a new born baby so she understand the job would be important to his family. Jenny is unsure whether she should do John a favour to give the job to him. answer the following questions: • Is the situation facing Jenny constitute an ethical dilemma? and Why? • Draw on your knowledge of two of the ethical theories discussed

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