Assignment #1: Making an Ethical Decision (Week 3)


In the first assignment, students are provided a scenario in which George Cosgrove, Senior Vice-President for All-In-One Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is faced with an ethical dilemma.

Outcome Met by Completing This Assignment:

1. identify ethical issues that arise in domestic and global business environments using an understanding of ethical concepts and of legal and business principles

2. develop and evaluate alternatives to, and recommend solutions for, ethical dilemmas, taking into account ethical and legal requirements and the essential mission of the business enterprise

3. effectively communicate to internal and external business stakeholders the complexities of ethical issues, suggesting and analyzing various solutions in order to ensure appropriate business practices and accountability

Step 1: Preparation for Writing the Assignment

Before you begin writing the paper, you will read the following requirements that will help meet the writing and APA requirements. Not reading this information will lead to a lower grade:

Task 1: Review “How to Analyze a Case Study” under Week 3 Content. You are expected to use the facts from the case scenario focusing on using this information to determine opportunities and solve problems.

Task 2: Read the grading rubric for the assignment. Use the grading rubric while writing the paper to ensure all requirements are met that will lead to the highest possible points.

Task 3: Third person writing is required. Third person means that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing). If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link:

Task 4: Contractions are not used in business writing, so you are expected NOT to use contraction in writing this assignment.

Task 5: You are expected to paraphrase and are NOT to use direct quotes. You are expected to paraphrase, which can be learned by reviewing this link:

Task 6: You are responsible for APA only for in-text citations and a reference list. However, all source material must be cited and referenced.

Task 7: You are expected to use the facts from the case scenario paired with the weekly courses readings to develop the analysis and support the reasoning. No more than three (3) external resources can be used in completing the assignment. The expectation is that you provide a robust use of the course readings. If any material is used from a source document, it must be cited and referenced. A reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa. View the sample APA paper under Week 1 content.

Step 2: How to Set Up the Paper

Task 1: Create a Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) document that is double-spaced, 12-point font. The final product will be between 3-4 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page. You may not exceed four (4) pages so it is important to write clearly and concisely.

Task 2: Use the following format with headings:
Create a title page with title, your name, the course, the instructor’s name and date;
Ethical Dilemma;
The Decision;
Compare and Contrast of Results Using Two Theories;
Resolution of Dilemma
Task 3: Create the introductory paragraph. Within this paragraph, provide a brief overview of the scenario. Then, provide a thesis statement and tell the reader the main topics covered in the paper. The introduction comes at the beginning of the paper and tells a reader the main topics covered in the paper. View this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph:

Step 3: Clearly identify the ethical dilemma George is faced with now?

Task 1: Read the case scenario located under Week 3.

Look for the ethical dilemma, which can be identified as a dilemma that focuses on matters of principle. An ethical dilemma can be seen when two principles are in conflict.

Task 2: Present the ethical dilemma as an either/or decision or as two or more alternatives.

Step 4: Explain the decision George should make?

Task 1: Students are required to apply at least two theories to explain the decision that George should make.

Step 5: Compare and contrast two of the theories used to explain the decision George should make

Task 1: Create a table with two columns. In the first column, identify the similarities of the two theories. In the second column, identify the differences of the two theories.

Task 2: Discuss each of the similarities identified in the first column

Task 3: Discuss each of the differences identified in the second column.

Step 6: Select the result that provides the best resolution of the ethical dilemma and explain why.

Step 7: Create a summary paragraph.

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