Quiz 3: Business Ethics, Social Forces, and the Law


Mankamyer has a conflict of interest because she had a deal with a real estate agent to share commission that wasn't disclosed to Ward the buyer. Ward may have bought the house because it was recommended by a co-worker, if it wasn't recommended he might not have bought it. The agent herself also has duty to disclose these facts to the buyer.

Employee A is on an outside errand for an employer but finished her task earlier than expected. Since A is being paid by the employer she should report back to the employer and ask her supervisor whether she can take some time off. She is being paid for the time when she's doing her personal task so it's a lost to the employer. Applying the Nash model, the problem is whether employee should take when she is not expected to be back yet. The employer would be unhappy since he is paying her and anything she does on her own time is a lost to the employer. Her intentions may be good, for example, she may have to visit her children in the hospital, but in any case she should still let the employer know. If she talks to her employer it will improve communication between them and may lead to better workplace conditions.

Employee N is told by employer to hide small and bad cherries on the bottom batch while packing cherry produce. This packing manner is unethical especially if the bad cherries are rotten or contaminated it should be discarded properly. It can harm both the grocer and consumers. It harms the business consumers finding the bottom of the batch will lose trust in the business reducing the sales, and if the bad cherries are contaminated it causes health risk to consumers.

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