Business Ethics

Read this article and Discuss the use of non-compete agreements for entry-level and low paid employees and use the decision-making process to come up with a solution for employers  who require non-compete agreements for entry-level workers.

Elements of Case Analysis (Outline)

  1. Determine the relevant facts. This summary should not exceed one paragraph.
    (Note: You do NOT need to state what facts might be missing that you would like to have known, unless it clarifies information or context.)
  2. Identify and explain the key ethical issue(s) involved in the case.
  • Moral standards
    • honesty, fidelity, confidentiality, autonomy, injustice
  • Categories of unethical behavior include:
    • Taking things that don’t belong to you
    • Saying things you know are not true, or giving or allowing false impressions
    • Buying influence or engaging in a conflict of interest
    • Hiding information that should not be hidden
    • Acting disloyally/not keeping promise or meeting obligation
    • Revealing information that should be kept confidential
    • Taking unfair advantage of others, i.e., manipulation, coercion, capitalizing on weaknesses (e.g., children)
    • Committing personal decadence
    • Perpetrating interpersonal abuse
    • Permitting organizational abuse
    • Violating rule
    • Denying justice or fairness
    • Condoning unethical actions
    • Balancing ethical obligations
  • Identify the key stakeholders and explain how they would view this situation.
  • Use your “moral imagination” to generate at least two potential alternatives to address the problem.
  • Explain the implications of these alternatives relative to all 3 frameworks:
  • The Utilitarian View (the greatest good for the greatest number)
  • The Deontological View (duties/responsibilities, rights and principles)
  • Virtue Ethics (implications for personal integrity and character)
  • Offer a solution to the problem and defend it as being sound from both an ethical and business perspective. This solution can be one of the alternatives you identified or a combination of parts of them.

The detailed rubric can be found within each case assignment on Canvas.

  • 80% analysis, thorough exploration of the elements of case analysis (above)
  • 20% style, grammar, spelling, clarity

Cases are due by 11:59 PM on the date indicated on the Calendar. For each day late, 10% of the total available points will be deducted.

When writing the case study, do not reproduce the language in the case study, i.e., no quotes. Doing so will reduce your grade. Summarize or paraphrase everything you use from the case study.  Outside sources may be used. Be succinct.  Spell check and grammar check the assignment; find and correct errors. Be sure every point is expressed clearly.

Formatting – use MLA format, including:

  • Do NOT use a separate title page
  • Font must be 12-point, Times New Roman or Cambria
  • Lines must be double-spaced
  • Spacing for a new paragraph should be the same as between lines – a double line space.
  • Indent to denote the beginning of new paragraphs
  • Top/bottom margins may be no greater than 1”
  • Left/right margins may be no greater than 1.25″
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