Ethical Decision Making

Within the Discussion Board area, write 400-600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas. 

https://www.thebalance.com/conflict-of-interest-1918090

https://class.ctuonline.edu/_layouts/MUSEViewer/MUSE.aspx?mid=9115845

Note: All character and company names are fictional and are not intended to depict any actual person or business.

View Problem Scenario A to learn more about the relationship between Joe, the salesman for UWEAR, and Bill, the customer. This scenario provides key information in helping formulate answers for assignments this week. 

In this Discussion Board, you will conduct a debate regarding the ethical nature of Bill and Joe’s relationship. Apply materials from Beyond the Book, the M.U.S.E., intellipath, and independent research to support your view. Make the reasoning for your position clear. 

********MY LAST NAME IS K-Z*******

If your last name begins with A–J, argue that the nature of their relationship is an ethical breach. If your last name begins with K–Z, argue that the nature of their relationship is not an ethical breach. Consider the following:
Does Joe’s relationship with Bill meet the definition of a conflict of interest?  Are Bill’s gifts a form of bribery?   Which ethical theory supports your view? Why?  What other ethical issues might be associated with the relationship between Bill and Joe? 

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates who advocate an alternate view with at least a 100-word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:   What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?   What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?   What clarification do you need regarding the posting?   What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

  
Scenario A – Downloaded below / Link is above.
  
Note: All   character and company names are fictional and are not intended to depict any   actual person or business. 
Your meeting with the chief   executive officers (CEOs) of UWEAR and PALEDENIM went well. In a discussion   following the meeting, Theresa Tramlin, the CEO of UWEAR, mentioned that she   would like you to spend some time in the field with her top sales representative   to get a feel for what the salespeople face every day selling in the current   business environment. Today, you are scheduled to spend the day with Joe   Smith.
As you walk across the lobby   of UWEAR, you see Theresa talking to a tall, distinguished-looking man. “This   is Joe Smith,” Theresa introduces when you step up to them. “You’ll be   spending some time with him today in the field.” 
“Nice to meet you, Joe,” you   respond, shaking Joe’s hand. 
Theresa says goodbye and   makes her way to the elevator while you and Joe head toward the parking   garage. “We’re going to meet with a couple of clients today,” Joe explains.   “First, we’ll have lunch with Bill Bateman, the CEO of the Peninsula Hotel   chain. He’s a great guy and I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting him.” 
“Where are we meeting him for   lunch?” I ask, getting into Joe’s car. 
“Bill’s hotel, the Peninsula,   has a great restaurant that I frequently use to meet clients,” Joe answers.   “The food is outstanding. We’re going to meet him there to discuss the   renewal of his uniform contract.” 
As you continue the drive to   the hotel, Joe elaborates on his business history with Bill. “I was able to   win the contract for the Peninsula chain last year,” he explains. “We were   just able to underbid our competitor, Threads4U. In fact, Bill said that I   underbid them by about $5 per uniform. Great victory on my part.” 
“It sounds like you’ve   established a great working relationship with Bill,” you say. 
“Oh, yeah,” Joe agrees. “He’s   a great guy. The first time we met, I was on my way to buy a nice bottle of   cabernet as a birthday gift for my wife. She loves the expensive wines. I   happened to mention this to Bill, he said he orders it all the time and   offered to give me some for free. I told him it wasn’t 
necessary, but he insisted.   When I got my car back from the valet, I found not just a bottle, but an   entire case of high-end cabernet in my trunk.” Joe shakes his head, smiling.   “But that’s just the kind of guy Bill is.” 
“It sounds like it worked out   for you and your wife,” you comment. “Did she enjoy her birthday gift?” 
“Yes,” Joe says. “We both   enjoyed it for quite some time. Well, here we are,” he adds, pulling up the   Peninsula Hotel. 
As you park and exit the car,   Joe explains, “Since Bill and I have been doing business, he’s referred three   other hotel owners to me to supply their uniforms. Except for when I’m   meeting with one of his competitors, I usually conduct business meetings with   clients here at the restaurant in Bill’s hotel.” 
“It’s a beautiful hotel,” you   comment as Joe leads you through the lobby, admiring the elegant décor. “No   wonder you enjoy coming here. I wouldn’t mind bringing my family here for a   weekend sometime.” 
“Actually,” Joe says, “My   wife and I have become really good friends with Bill and his wife. He often   invites us out onto his yacht with his family, we go to social events with   them, and we’ve stayed at the hotel several times. We really enjoy it. You   should bring your family sometime, too. Kids love the pool with the   waterfall. 
You nod, following Joe into   the hotel’s restaurant. After all you’ve heard about Bill, you are very   interested in meeting him.
    

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