Ethical Problem-Solving Skills

In the Fall of 2020, I took a Business Ethics course as an elective for my major. This course was a survey of ethical issues that arise in the context of business and ended up becoming one of my all-time favorite courses that I took during my time at Muhlenberg. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, and informed decision making, the course covered a variety of topics such as corporate social responsibility, consumer protection, moral and legal rights in the workplace, the meaning and value of work, supply chain ethics, environmental stewardship, international business, and more. All ethical issues that we studied were examined from individual, organizational, and social points of view, and the core concepts of ethical theory consistently structured and guided our inquiries.

Case studies involving past ethical issues in business played a huge role in our studies throughout the entirety of the semester. I’ve chosen to highlight one case study in particular here in my e-portfolio. In this assignment, we were tasked with becoming an expert on the facts of the case, analyzing the various ethical issues and stakeholders at hand, proposing alternative options and/or policies, comparing and weighing those alternatives in relation to the various stakeholder and ethical issues at hand, and then ultimately choosing a final recommendation based on these factors while crafting a proposal for monitoring and learning from these ethical issues at hand in the future.

See my full case study analysis below.