Ethics Chapter 1:  Ethical Reasoning: Implications for Accounting Using the “Analyzing the Logic of a Chapter” guidelines provided in the Course Informati

Ethics Chapter 1:  Ethical Reasoning: Implications for Accounting

Using the “Analyzing the Logic of a Chapter” guidelines provided in the Course Information section (Assignment Instructions), please answer the questions related to chapter 1 of the textbook. 

Using the “Analyzing Ethics Cases” guidelines in the provided in the Course Information section (Assignment Instructions), please answer the questions related to the following Ethics Cases included in Chapter 1 of the textbook.

1. Case 1-1 Harvard Cheating Scandal

2. Case 1-3 Unintended Consequences

3. Case 1-7 Eating Time

4. Case 1-9 Cleveland Custom Cabinets

5. Case 1-10 Better Boston Beans ACCT 6500 – Analyzing Ethics Cases

1. Identify the Issues
2. Outline the Options
3. Construct Ethical Arguments
4. Evaluate the Arguments
5. Make a Decision

Step 1: Identify the Issues

1. What are the major factual issues raised by this case?
2. What are the major ethical issues raised by this case?
3. What are the major accounting issues raised by this case?
4. Who are the major stakeholders in this case? (Stakeholders refer to all individuals
whose interest could be affected by the decision made in the case).

Step 2: Outline the Options

1. What are the main alternative actions or policies that might be followed in responding
to the ethical issues in this case?
2. What are the major views on the ethical issues raised by this case?
3. What facts are unknown or controverted that might be relevant to deciding this case
(may require research to determine some facts).

Step 3: Construct Ethical Arguments

1. Determine which of the ethical principles/standards apply to this case
2. Identify the accounting principles (i.e., ethics codes of conduct and GAAP) that can be

invoked to support a conclusion as to what ought to be done ethically in this case
or similar cases?

3. Determine whether the different ethical standards/accounting principles yield
converging or diverging judgments about what ought to be done?

Step 4: Evaluate the Arguments for each Option

1. Weigh the ethical reasons and arguments for each option in terms of their relative
importance.

2. Determine whether there are any unwarranted factual assumptions that need to be
examined in each argument.

3. Determine whether there are any unresolved conceptual issues in each argument.

Step 5: Make a Decision

1. Decide which of the identified options you would recommend or judge to be the
ethically best way to deal with the issue presented in this case based upon which option
has the strongest ethical reasons behind it.

2. Determine how a critic of your position might try to argue against it using other ethical
reasons and present a rebuttal or counter-argument in defense of your judgment.

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