DEVRY ETHC 445 Week 7 DQ 1 Business
Ethics and the Hovercraft Debacle
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ETHC 445 Week 7 DQ 1 Business Ethics and the Hovercraft Debacle
This week, we looked at two more ethical codes—one for the Project Management
Institute, and one for Engineers.
(Find links to these professional codes in the Week 7 Assignment tab along with the
Week 7 readings.)
You can see that both of them are much simpler than the Legal code we looked at last
week, and even simpler than the Medical code of ethics. Appropriate professional
behavior, practice, and discipline varies among professions and reflects the needs
and values of the professional society in question.
Let's then assume professional roles as we work on this fictional scenario:
It's 2020, and General Foryota Company opens a plant in which to build a new massproduced hover-craft. This hover-craft will work using E-85 Ethanol, will travel up to
200 mph, and will reduce pollution worldwide at a rate of 10 percent per year. It is
likely that when all automobiles in the industrial world have been changed over to
hovercrafts, emission of greenhouse gasses may be so reduced that global warming
may end and air quality will become completely refreshed.
However, the downside is that during the transition time, GFC's Hover-Vee (only
available in red or black), will most likely put all transportation as we know it in
major dissaray. Roadways will no longer be necessary, but new methods of
controlling traffic will be required. Further, while the old version of cars are still
being used, Hover-vee's will cause accidents, parking issues, and most likely class
envy and warfare. The sticker price on the first two models will be about four times
that of the average SUV (to about $200,000.) Even so, GFC's marketing...