Those Pesky Side-Reactions
A Case Study on Ethics for Scientists and Engineers Developing Data in the Private Sector
University of North Dakota
The characters in this dilemma case must balance personal financial considerations, their professional futures, and time constraints against ensuring that the new product they are proposing is safe. The case explores the issues surrounding ethical decision-making and asks students to decide what the central characters in the story should do. The case was designed to be used in mid- or upper-level chemistry and chemical engineering college courses.
- Gain a better understanding of the factors that influence and cloud a person's judgment when faced with an ethical dilemma.
- Understand the basis for making ethical decisions.
- Explore some of the options available when faced with an ethical dilemma.
- Understand the consequences of whistle blowing.
KeywordsProfessional ethics; code of ethics; code of conduct; ethical decision-making; whistle-blowing; whistleblower; new product development; product safety
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type MethodsDilemma/Decision, Interrupted
Subject HeadingsChemical Engineering Chemistry (General) Engineering (General) Science (General)
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