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ML Business Ethics (Team Performance Event 2-3 members)
This event allows members to explore the ethical issues that may arise in business as they are given a case study and then asked to provide their own solutions. The FBLA Code of Ethics is a cornerstone of our organization and this event allows members to develop a deeper understanding of their own ethics.
Each Middle Level chapter may enter members who are on record in the FBLA-PBL Online Membership System as having paid dues by the officially published deadline for the current school year.
Regional Conference Topic:
You are Facebook friends with several of your classmates and a couple of them are having a Facebook discussion about how ugly they think one of your new shared teachers is. They have also begun to discuss plans for a practical joke to embarrass the new teacher at school because of how much they dislike him.
From an ethics perspective, is this an appropriate conversation for your classmates to be having? If not, how might you best respond to it and why?
Are there different ethical implications of having this discussion online vs. in person?
State Conference Procedure
Members will use the case study below to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation that highlights their recommendations to the questions posed in the case study. You may bring props and handouts to the presentation (no computers). Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions to seek clarification on the proposals.
Susan Stanford is a software tester for a medium-sized technology consulting company. She works with a team of analysts, developers, and testers on the software development projects. The testers are responsible for making sure that the application works as designed and meets the businesses requirements. Susan has notices that one of her co-workers, Tony Johnson, is not following the test scripts and is signing off on parts of the application that he has not adequately tested.
Susan is afraid that Tony’s inadequate testing will result in the company deploying a defective product, and she thinks the project manager is unaware of Tony’s poor work. Susan and Tony have a good relationship, but they are not friends outside of work. The project manager will be selecting a Lead Tester for a position that will be opening later this year. Both Susan and Tony are being considered for the new position.
Should Susan talk to Tony about his inadequate testing?
If you were Susan, would you talk to Tony first or go to the project manager about your concerns?
To keep the working relationship with Tony, should Susan cover for him by doing parts of Tony’s work without the project manager knowing?
If Susan chooses to ignore the problem, what are the potential consequences for the company, the project manager, Susan, and Tony?
Should the hope of being promoted affect Susan’s actions?
Should producing a quality work product be more important to Susan than maintaining her relationship with Tony or advancing her career?