Utility Ethics

| August 19, 2015

1.Choose an ethical issue raised by the Enron case study – e.g., Enron’s accounting fraud, the company’s reward systems, its use of “special purpose entities,” or Enron’s “deal making” culture.
2.Apply the Utility Test: http://ethicsops.com/UtilityTest.php
3.Be sure that you follow each step of the Utility Test (use a separate section heading for discussion of each step of the test):
A.Introduce the test.
B.Briefly discuss why utility ethics is a valid way of deciding right and wrong.
C.Apply the test
Step 1: Identify the alternative actions that are possible and the persons and groups (the stakeholders) who will be affected by these actions.
Step 2: For each of the most promising alternatives, determine the benefits and costs to each person or group affected.
Step 3: Select the action in the current situation that produces the greatest benefits over costs for all affected.
Step 4: Discuss what would happen if the action were a policy for all similar situations.
D.Draw a conclusion. If the same action is selected in Steps 3 & 4, then the action is an ethical one. If different actions are selected, decide whether the individual action will produce the greatest good and the least harm, for all affected, over the long term. 4.Be sure to use at least two sources from the library to support your discussion and analysis (choose sources that are not included in the Background section of Module 3).
Follow the guidelines in The Student Guide to Writing a High Quality Academic Paper.
You are expected to demonstrate evidence of critical thinking – as defined in the background materials and the grading rubric.

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