Added on October 4, 2010: I have uploaded my write-up for the case Effect of Pharmaceutical Companies Direct to Consumer Marketing on Doctor/Patient Relationship, which I did for Business Ethics class in my MBA program at GW, in the Business School Cases section of the blog.
Yesterday I had no classes in the evening, but I still had to come on campus for the kickoff meeting with my group of three people on the final research paper in Business Ethics class.
The objective of the paper is “to identify a complex moral problem or a dillema that a company is currently facing. … fully understand the issue. Then apply the moral reasoning process… use the six-step Hosmer moral reasoning process and apply ethical frameworks…” I agree, it’s quite a mouthful.
I found a few links on the internet that are relevant to building the framework for the research paper:
- General outline of Hosmer six-step moral reasoning process
- Writing a Moral Problem Paper
- Assessing The Implications Of Ethics In The Business Environment
Before the meeting one of the team members suggested a few potential topics to choose from that we could tackle on :
- The ethics behind pharmaceutical companies creating markets of drug users for drugs that they wish to sell
- Hiring/Firing process of the federal government
- Teleworking: Is more work really getting done by people working out of their homes?
- Politicians and their mistresses
- Ethical issues behind bidding on hosting Olympics
As you can see, the spectrum of potential issues was originally quite broad. Yesterday we zoomed in on the pharmaceuticals, roughly outlined the angles from which we would approach the problem, and divvied up the project among us.
One of the things I like about working in groups is that you get a chance to familiarize yourself with your classmates. Probably the biggest drawback of the part-time MBA programs, especially if it is not done in cohort, as is the case of the Professional MBA program at George Washington University, is that one does not have many opportunities even to get properly acquainted with most classmates, leave alone much of bonding.
So, in a group setting you get a chance to learn more about people in your group, what they do outside the classroom, what possible connections you could establish for the future. That’s why when the instructor allows or requires to work in groups, I always welcome this opportunity to actually meet my MBA peers. Actually, one of the group members in our Business Ethics project is not an MBA, she is about to graduate from her Masters in Finance program this December.