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1 Ethics in the Workplace Georgie Beemer Anita Keeler-Brown Christy Rodriguez Alison Vesper Celeste Williams

2 Sears, Roebuck, and Co.: The Auto Center Scandal Identify and analyze key ethical issues. Unethical situation for Sears automotive employees. Defrauded customers and scarred the companys reputation. Evaluate the companys response to allegations. How they resolved issues.

3 Intro continued… Who to discipline and how. Alternative measures to considered to increase auto center sales without compromised ethics or fraud. Proposal for alternative management plan.

4 System of Inquiry Agenda Determine the Facts symptoms of problems root problems unresolved issues roles of key players ethical issues involved Analyze and evaluate alternatives Make recommendations

5 Sears, Roebuck, and Co.: The Auto Center Scandal

6 Ethical Issues Involved Consequentialist Pros vs. Cons All the facts? Broad thinking Rights forsaken

7 Ethical Issues Involved Deontological Duty Obligations Principles

8 Management Issues Wrong type of incentive Greed based From selling to not telling

9 Responding to the Problem Only admitted to small infractions Cover up cost them millions The ethical issue cost them Americans trust

10 Impact of the scandal on Sears reputation. Reputation Trusted for a Century Employees Lost Respect

11 Disciplinary Action? Loss of job or position Who – CEO, Others What - Jail Why Not CEO E. Brennan

12 Alternatives and Recommendations Incentive award system does not work for just one department Managers can control their own revenues and profits Profits and Loss Rewards Recognition for performance

13 Proposed Management Plan Rewards Satisfaction not Speed System of Checks and Balances

14 In Conclusion… Identify and analyze key ethical issues. Unethical situation for Sears automotive employees. Defrauded customers and scarred the companys reputation. Evaluate the companys response to allegations. How they resolved issues. Who to discipline and how. Alternative measures to considered to increase auto center sales without compromised ethics or fraud. Proposal for alternative management plan.

15 Questions?

16 Reference Nelson, K., & Trevino, L. (2004). Managing business ethics: Straight talk about how to do it right (3rd ed.). New York: Wiley.


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