Business Ethics

Topic: Business Ethics

Before you answer the questions below, review the Discussion Board Forum – Thread Grading Rubric, Discussion Board Forum – Replies Grading Rubric, and the specific requirements of Discussion Board posts, including length, at least 3 scholarly sources (other than the textbook and course materials), current APA citations, and Biblical worldview integration.

Thread Prompt:

 

Rarely does one individual’s decision or action create an ethical crisis entirely by itself. More often, someone’s unethical or illegal idea is adopted by other members of the company, and the problem grows within the organization until it erupts in headlines, bad publicity, and sometimes criminal penalties. After the fact, the questions always arise: How did that happen? Did not anyone know it was going on? Why did not someone stop it?

 

Volkswagen found itself in just such a position when it was discovered that the software in the company’s diesel vehicles had been programmed to provide false data to regulators regarding the level of emissions produced by the cars. While the scandal was discovered in 2015, the company and the industry are still dealing with the repercussions (Boston, 2019).

In his article “Volkswagen: Where Were the Lawyers?” Lippe (2015) questions the role that several groups within the company played in the scandal, most notable, the company’s lawyers and engineers.

Review this situation from legal, ethical, and Biblical perspectives. Fully explain the following:

1. As an employee or a manager in either the legal office or the engineering department, how would you have prevented this incident?

2. As the CEO of the diesel division of Volkswagen, how would you have responded when the situation became public? How would this response prevent future incidents?

 

Boston, W. (2019, September 25). Volkswagen CEO faces charges from scandal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/2296520342?accountid=12085

Lippe, P. (2015, October 13). Volkswagen: Where were the lawyers? ABA Journal. Retrieved from http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/volkswagen_where_were_the_lawyers/

 

 

Your thread must also be at least 1,000 words and follow the guidelines outlined in the Student Expectations.

Forum Thread Grading Rubric – 100 Points

Content

 

Main Thread – Levels of Achievement

 

Advanced

 

Proficient

 

Developing

 

Not present

 

Points Earned

 

Key Components

 

22 – 24 points

 

All key components of the Discussion Board Forum prompt are answered in the thread.

 

20 – 21 points

 

Most key components of the Discussion Board Forum prompt are answered in the thread.

 

 

1 – 19 points

 

Some key components of the Discussion Board Forum prompt are answered in the thread.

 

0 points

 

No key components of the Discussion Board Forum prompt are answered in the thread.

 

 

 

Major

Point

Support

 

42 – 46 points

 

Major points are supported by all of the following:

· Reading & Study materials;

· Pertinent, conceptual, or personal examples;

· Thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts);

· At least 3 scholarly source citations, in addition to the course textbook, in current APA format; and

· Integration of at least 2 biblical principles with citations.

 

 

 

 

 

39 – 41 points

 

Major points are supported by most of the following:

· Reading & Study materials;

· Pertinent, conceptual, or personal examples;

· Thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts);

· At least 3 scholarly source citations, in addition to the course textbook, in current APA format; and

· Integration of at least 2 biblical principles with citations.

 

1 – 38 points

 

Major points are supported by some of the following:

· Reading & Study materials;

· Pertinent, conceptual, or personal examples;

· Thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts);

· At least 3 scholarly source citations, in addition to the course textbook, in current APA format; and

· Integration of at least 2 biblical principles with citations.

 

0 points

 

Major points are supported by none of the following:

· Reading & Study materials;

· Pertinent, conceptual, or personal examples;

· Thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts);

· At least 3 scholarly source citations, in addition to the course textbook, in current APA format; and

· Integration of at least 2 biblical principles.

 

 

 

Structure

 

Main Thread – Levels of Achievement

 

Advanced

 

Proficient

 

Developing

 

Not present

 

Points Earned

 

Grammar/ Spelling

 

12 – 13 points

 

Correct spelling and grammar are used throughout the thread. There are 0–2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

 

11 points

 

There are 3–5 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

 

1 – 10 points

 

There are 6–10 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

 

0 points

 

There are more than 10 errors in the grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content

OR

there is evidence of a complete lack of spell-checking and proofreading.

 

 

 

 

APA Citation Compliance

 

12 – 13 points

References are cited both in-text and in a reference list. There are 0–2 minor errors in APA format in the required citations.

 

11 points

References are cited both in-text and in a reference list. There are 3-5 minor errors in APA format in the required citations.

 

 

1 – 10 points

There are more than 5 errors in APA format in the required items and/or required citations are missing.

 

 

0 points

 

Required citations do not exist, or demonstrate no APA formatting or structure.

 

 

 

Word Count

 

4 points

The minimum word count of 1000 words of substantive content is met or exceeded.

 

3 points

 

Substantive word count is between 800 and 1000 words.

 

1 – 2 points

 

Substantive word count is between 500 and 800 words.

 

0 points

 

There are fewer than 500 words of substantive content.

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