In the Module 1 Case, we will be exploring the means by which deontological ethics may be used as a useful theoretical lens through which an organization’s sense of business ethics may be critically assessed.
Please begin by reading the following two journal articles:
Barlaup, K., Hanne, I. D., & Stuart, I. (2009). Restoring trust in auditing: Ethical discernment and the Adelphia scandal. Managerial Auditing Journal, 24(2), 183-203. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from ProQuest.
Markon, J., & Frank, R. (2002, July 25). Adelphia officials are arrested, charged with ‘massive’ fraud – three in the Rigas family, two other executives held, accused of mass looting. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2012 from ProQuest.
Using the two articles in the Required Reading section above and the readings provided in the Background page of Module 1, please write a 5-6 page paper in which you address the following:
Drawing upon deontological ethics, discuss how Adelphia Communications’ executives violated the trust of the company’s shareholders and the trust of that of the larger public.
Keys to the Assignment:
The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include the following:
Briefly describe the Adelphia Communications scandal.
Identify and discuss two key ethical problems raised by the Adelphia Communications case.
Describe what is meant by “deontological ethics” generally (e.g., duty and rights), and by Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative more specifically.
Apply the deontological framework of business ethics to the two key ethical problems you identified above.
Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the two key ethical problems you identified above.