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Mgt 86500 - Kay Smith’s and Marty Jose’s Case Study

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Ethics

An ethical dilemma is a situation that offers potential benefit or gain and that may also be considered unethical (Schermerhorn, 2011, p.58).  I define an unethical situation as one in which I have to do something I don’t feel good about (Esmé, 2009).  Some examples of ethical dilemmas that managers face include Discrimination, Sexual harassment, Conflicts of interest, Product safety, Use of organizational resources and etc. (Trevino, 2006.  DeGeorge, 2005).  Let’s choose ethical courses of action considering personal factors, the situational context, organizational culture, and the external environment in Kay Smith’s case and Marty Jose’s case below.  

Kay Smith’s case

Kay Smith is one of your top-performing subordinates. She has shared with you her desire to apply for promotion to a new position just announced in a different division of the company. This will be tough on you since recent budget cuts mean you will be unable to replace anyone who leaves, at least for quite some time. Kay knows this and, in all fairness, has asked your permission before she submits an application. It is rumored that the son of a good friend of your boss is going to apply for the job. Although his credentials are less impressive than Kay’s, the likelihood is that he will get the job if she doesn’t apply. What will you do?

In this case, Kay Smith wants to apply for promotion to a new position of the company.  I will be unable to replace her for a while and her sudden turnover will create a temporary vacuum in my division’s work.  It will negatively affect my work and my company.  That will create a clear conflict of interest not only between me and her, but also between shareholders and her.  Then should I prevent her to apply for the job?

She and the son of a good friend of my boss are going to apply for the job.  His credentials are less impressive than Kay’s.  Therefore she seems better suited for the job and her taking the job will be better for the good of the company.  In a way it’s a conflict of interest between my need and the company’s need.  Then should I permit her to apply for the job?  If I prevent her do that, it seems like I’m unfair and it’s against free competition.    

Almost all of managers need competent people.  I’ll suffer from business paralysis without her.  The manager of the new position wants to select the better human resource of course.  Both I and the manager of the new position need her.  That will create a clear conflict of interest between me and the manager, too.

 It’s the ethical dilemma associated with Conflicts of interest.  A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest (Lo & Field, 2009).  There are several ways to mitigate conflicts of interests; Removal, Disclosure, Recusal, Third-party evaluations, Conclusion, etc.  Which way should I take?  

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