Ethics Case Study

Ethics Case Study

In the news, it is not uncommon to find mention of unethical behavior on the part of an individual or a company. One of the greatest difficulties that exist in identifying and preventing unethical behavior in the workplace is that there is no clear-cut set of rules or standards for determining what is and is not ethical. With so much gray area, it is easy to justify practices that are not explicitly illegal, but are ethically questionable.

This Discussion explores a set of guidelines for ethical business practices proposed by Stimson in his article “A Deming Inspired Management Code of Ethics. This Discussion also allows you to scrutinize the ethical challenges of a company of your choice and discuss your opinions.

As you review your Resources this week, continue your research in the Library. Prepare to write your Discussion posting as you contemplate the following. (Note: You do not need to directly answer these points in your Discussion post, as they serve only to begin your thinking process; however, you must explain your reasoning as you formulate your formal response.)

Now post your answer to the following:

  • Select a company or organization with which you are familiar and conduct further research on it in the Walden University Library or online at credible websites. You may choose the same company or organization you discussed in a previous week, or you may choose another to discuss this week.
  • Consider the ethical issues that affect the company or organization you selected. Which ethical issue affects this company or organization in a more significant way than it might for others? How could you respond to these issues?
  • On p. 69 of the Stimson article in the Resources for this week, the author lists seven different points related specifically to ethical behavior. Identify two points you think are problematic for the company or organization you selected.

All work in APA format with proper citing!


Stimson, W. A., (2005). A Deming inspired management code of ethics, Quality Progress, 38(2), 67–75.
Stimson identifies a distinct lack of an ethical system or moral code within today’s higher education and business sectors and proposes that this dearth can be addressed with W. Edwards Deming’s secular list of 14 points for ensuring quality and ethics. Stimson shows how incorporating Deming’s ideas into organizational policies and expectations can benefit all parties involved with an organization: management, employees, customers, and society as a whole.

Collins, J. (2009). How the mighty fall: And why some companies never give in. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Goldtratt, E., & Cox, J. (2014). The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. Great Barrington, MA: North River Press., In

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