Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making
Phase 2: Ethical Challenges
3 March 2014
Looking back at the first time Joe and Bill met was the beginning of a good personal and working relationship. If Joe hadn’t been shopping for a gift for his wife there might not have been a contract between Joe and Bill’s companies. With this happening last year it lead to forming a contract between their two companies that produced uniforms for Bill and a profit for Joe’s company. Even after the contract was formed both Bill and Joe formed a friendship outside of their jobs that included their families being involved in their lives. Their non-business relationship had never affected their relationships until now when there is a contract needing renewal. Now at a crucial time in contract negations Bill has invited Joe and his family on an outing on Bill’s boat for a weekend. Here Joe needs to weigh in on what the ethical ramifications of Bills proposed outing to see if it could potentially harm the company or hinder the current contract negations. At the beginning of original contract Joe and Bill developed a friendship that both have been able to keep separate from their business. If I had to choose what the outcome could be of renewing the contract I don’t feel that their relationship could hurt the contract negations. Joe will do his job the best way he should for the best interest of his company and by going on the boating trip with Bill that will not hurt either company in any way. So, Joe should graciously accept Bill’s invitation and go on the boating trip for the weekend.
After looking over the ethical dilemma faced by Joe I would suggest using Utilitarianism ethical theory. The reason why I chose this theory was because how it offers different perspectives that focuses on the good of all parties involved in the situation. The Utilitarianism theory allows for both parties to obtain what is best for each party but also...