ML Business Ethics (Team Performance Event 1-3 members) ARIZONA ONLY


This event allows members to explore the ethical issues that may arise in business as they are given a case study and then asked to provide their own solutions.  The FBLA Code of Ethics is a cornerstone of our organization and this event allows members to develop a deeper understanding of their own ethics.   




Each Middle Level chapter may enter members who are on record in the FBLA-PBL Online Membership System as having paid dues by the officially published deadline for the current school year.



2021 State Competition Procedure:


Members will use the case study below to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation that highlights their recommendations to the questions posed in the case study.  You may bring props and handouts to the presentation (no computers).  Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions to seek clarification on the proposals.




Susan is an IPad and IPhone tester for Apple, Inc. She works with a team of analysts, developers, and testers on Apple products. The testers are responsible for making sure the phones and Ipads work as designed and meets the industry standards. Susan has noticed that one of her co-workers, Tony, is not following the test scripts and is signing off that these products are working properly even though he is not adequately testing the products.

Susan is afraid that Tony’s inadequate testing will result in the company deploying a defective product, and she thinks the project manager is unaware of Tony’s poor work.  Susan and Tony have a good relationship, but they are not friends outside of work. The project manager will be selecting a Lead Tester for a position that will be opening later this year. Both Susan and Tony are being considered for the new position.

Discussion Questions:

  1. If you were Susan, what would you do and why?

    1. Talk to Tony about his inadequate testing

    2. Talk to the project manager about your concerns

    3. Talk to both

    4. Ignore the problem and don’t talk to either

  2. If Susan chooses to ignore the problem, what are the potential consequences for the company, the project manager, Susan, and Tony?

  3. Do you think it is ethical to ignore the problem knowing that these products have not been tested properly? Explain why or why not?

  4. Should producing a quality work product be more important to Susan than maintaining her relationship with Tony or advancing her career? Why or why not?


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