You work in the Ethics Department for ABC Company (ABC). Your department is dedicated to advising its employees about their ethical obligations in the corporate setting. All communications you receive in this capacity are confidential.
Luke, an employee of ABC, comes to you with the following scenario and asks for your advice. He wants to fully consider the situation. Your task is to advise him on all perspectives on the situation. Below are the facts that Luke provides to you.
Luke has been asked to work on a project that involves developing land recently purchased by ABC to build an adult entertainment retail store. According to the plan, the land is located on the corner of the neighborhood where Owen, Luke’s brother, lives.
Luke knows that as soon as the plans for the store are made public, property values for the surrounding neighborhood will decrease significantly. ABC plans to publicly announce the project one month from today.
Luke is concerned about his obligations of confidentiality to his company. However, Luke is also very close to Owen, who recently told Luke that he received an offer to sell his house at an “okay” price given the current real estate market. Owen is considering selling but hasn’t made any final decision yet. He wonders if he might get a better offer a few years from now when the real estate market improves.
What is the ethical issue, why is this an issue, and what should Luke do about it?
For assignment 1, prepare a memo to the Ethics Department file that considers ONLY the following two theories that are discussed in the ethics videos provided in Blackboard – Utilitarianism and Universal Ethics (i.e., Kant’s categorical imperative).
You may consider any of the resources provided in Blackboard. However, it is advised that you DO NOT consult the internet. Your papers will be graded based on the required resources for BUSI 4350. Additionally, most of the accidental plagiarism cases have arisen from students using internet sources and failing to properly cite the work used.
Finally, remember that Assignments 1 and 2 are considered “drafts” for Assignment 3, which will require you to combine your analysis from both prior assignments into one paper. Referring to your feedback on Assignments 1 and 2 will be important in preparing Assignment 3