3..You have been working for the XYZ Computer Corporation as an entry-level software engineer since you graduated from college last May. You have done very well so far; you are respected by management, well liked by your fellow employees, and have been assigned to a team of engineers that has consistently worked on the most critical and valued projects and contracts that XYZ Computer Corporation has secured. Their most recent contract is for a United States defense project involving the Missile Defense System, and again, you have been assigned to the team that will develop software for this project. However, you are staunchly opposed to the project objectives, so you ask to be reassigned. Your supervisor and coworkers, as well as upper management, are disappointed to learn of your strong feelings about this project. You are asked to reconsider your views, and you are promised a bonus and a substantial pay increase if you agree to work on this project during the next year. You also discover from a colleague that refusing to work on this project would greatly diminish your career advancement at XYZ and may even make you vulnerable to future layoffs. To compound matters, you and your spouse are expecting your first child in about three months and you recently purchased a home. (a) What would you do (elaborate)? (b) Describe the process of ethical deliberation that you would undertake in trying to resolve this dilemma. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses (knowledge, comprehension)
I would take up the project and continue my career working for XYZ Computer Corpoaration. If I leave the project and the company, my whole career will have a negative impact. Also, we are expecting a baby soon and has just bought a new house, I can’t expect to lose my job.
Although I am willing to work for the project, I can’t still ignore all the wrongdoings that is happening around the company. For my future safety purposes, I would definitely keep records for all the work regarding the project and also find the outcome of my project. Keeping records can ensure my safety in the future so nobody could blame for the wrong consequences. To work for the project even though I know some wrongdoings is happening is ethically wrong. But if we ignore the situation, then the decision I made would be ehtically right but wrong socially. The consequences for this will have an impact to all people of the society.
As the conclusion, all the decisions cannot be totally right or wrong. If it is right from one point of view, then it might be wrong from other part. So, the decision I will be taking is ethically wrong but is beneficial from me individually and my family.
4..According to Gotterbarn some of the criticism leveled against professional codes might be eliminated if we think of them as serving three important, but distinct, functions. Name and discuss them. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses knowledge)
The three distinct functions the Gotterbarn suggested are Codes of ethics, Codes of conduct and Codes of practice. Code of ethics are those code that mainly focuses on social issues. It encourages the people to do right thing for the society. Code of conduct are more focuses on the professional oriented than the general society. It teaches the people about their behavior and attituded that they need to keep up to their professioin. Lastly, codes of practice differ for different works and company. All the codes that are listed above applies differently for different work and profession. But all these codes set some rules and regulation for respective profession.
In my opinion, these sets of codes are necessary for each and every professional career. With these codes, I believe the profession will be better. Ethical codes are worthless without the practice, conduct, and vice versa.To make codes of ethics strong it has to follow the code of conduct, if not, then there comes the code of conduct.