Reference:(Rittenberg and Schweiger (1994) in Yuthas, K. and J. F. Dillard (1999),
“Teaching ethical decision making: Adding a structuration dimension,”
Teaching Business Ethics 3(4), p. 344).
1. What is the ethical/moral
2. Who is the moral agent?
3. Who are the stakeholders
a. What are their values in
b. What harms are being inflicted
4. Who instigated or is
responsible for causing the ethical issue; the moral agent or a stakeholder?
is the importance/significance of the issue? (Legal, harms, excessive risk,
rights violations, global/environmental issues)
are the personal/individual influences?
i. Kohlberg Moral Development and ethical
are the organizational influences?
i. Groupthink, Ethics codes and policies,
are the stakeholder influences
i. Issues of moral intensity
ii. Legal and government policies
iii. Societal norms and cultural
7. What options/alternative
decisions are available to remedy this dilemma? Advantages, disadvantages and consequences
(obvious and/or unintentional) of these alternatives?
8. Is there a decisionthat can achieve an overlapping consensus amongst
9. What is YOUR decision to resolving the dilemma? Why?
11. Do you think this behaviour will become a norm in the organization, society,
and/or at a global level?
12. Will the decision need to be closely monitored and possibly
revisited at a later point in time?