This assignment is the last of four SLPs where you will be building a bank of takeaways pertaining to ethical and/or unethical behaviors.
After reviewing this SLP scenario:
- Express your reactions
- Apply your own background/experiences
- State important takeaways
- Add other comments you would like to make
Your SLP submission should be 2 to 3 pages of text, well organized, well written, and 100% error free. You may use first-or third-person voice. Write in full sentences. Demonstrate your critical-thinking skills. Be creative (for example, add color and/or small graphics).
*Note: In SLP 2 we introduced the importance of library research. So, in SLP 4 also support your arguments with sources from the Trident Online Library. This is an expectation at the graduate level.
Categorical Imperative: Part of Organizational Culture?
In the fall of 2016, Samsung Electronics experienced a massive public relations disaster when its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones started exploding due to faulty batteries and casings. Initially, the company denied there were any technical problems. Then, when it became obvious the exploding phones posed a safety and health threat when they were banned from airplanes, Samsung accused its suppliers of creating the problem. In reality, the rush to beat Appleâ€™s iPhone 7 release date was the most likely reason corners were cut in production. Samsung finally owned up to the problem, recalled more than two million phones worldwide, and replaced them with new, improved Galaxy Note 7s. The companyâ€™s response and its replacement of the phones went a long way toward defusing the disaster and even boosting the companyâ€™s share price. Whether management knew it, its response was Kantian. Samsung focused on the end (i.e., customer safety and satisfaction) with the motive of doing the ethically responsible thing.
Source: Byars and Stanberry (2018), page 54 CC BY
General References Useful for Preparing Graduate-Level Papers:
For a list of general reference sources related to locating library sources, using APA formatting, applying critical-thinking skills, and so forth, see General References Useful for Preparing Graduate-Level Papers. It is not required that you read these sources page by page, but rather you refer to them for guidance.