ML BUSINESS ETHICS
ML Business Ethics (Team Performance Event 2-3 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.
State Conference 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.
Clarice is a seventh-grade student who plays on the basketball team and is President of her FBLA Chapter. She also works a part-time job at the Burger Barn. She has been sick for the past two weeks and has fallen behind in her classes. Her boss asked her to make a PowerPoint presentation featuring some of the products for the Burger Barn and he wants her to present this to the promotion team on Friday. It is Thursday night and Clarice hasn’t even started. Clarice decides to Google other Burger restaurants and marketing tactics to see what she can find. She finds an entire Power Point for another burger company that is exactly what her boss wants. She copies the PowerPoint word by word and picture by picture from the Internet. On Friday she gave her presentation to the promotion team.
Her boss calls her in on Monday telling her he knows her PowerPoint was copied directly off the Internet. Clarice bursts into tears and explains to her boss she was sick, has been busy with basketball practice and games, and is in charge of a fundraiser for her FBLA chapter at her school. The boss tells her how disappointed he is with her and how he had such high hopes for her. She is remorseful and volunteers to do a whole new power point presentation in front of the promotion team again and apologizes for what she has done.
What do you think Clarice’s boss should do? Do you think Clarice should be punished? Why or why not?
What are some appropriate punishments for Clarice?
Do you think it is ethical to copy things directly off the internet? Explain why or why not?
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