Gigantic Motors Case Study
An Explosive Problem at Gigantic Motors
Step I. Understanding the situation
A. List and number the relevant facts.
Statement of Fact Number | Statement of Fact | 1 | Jonathan Archer and Zefrem Cochrane are employees of the Rugged Trucks Company, a light truck division of Gigantic Motors Corporation. | 2 | Jonathan and Zefrem have been coworkers for approximately one year. | 3 | Zefrem tells Jonathan that he would like to talk about something confidential that needs to stay confidential, which Jonathan agreed would stay confidential. | 4 | Zefrem’s current project involves repositioning fuel tanks on company truck designs for the new model. | 5 | Ten years ago for fifteen years prior, Rugged
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| 24 | The statement of fact raises an ethical issue because Gigantic has chosen to ignore a large hazard of its trucks. | The potential harm by the statement of fact is that more injuries or deaths may occur, possibly resulting in worse publicity and an even greater financial burden. | 26 | This statement of fact raises an ethical issue because Helen Noel is placing a personal interest of losing her job over divulging the issue with the trucks. | The potential harm by the statement of fact is that if the issue were publicized, Gigantic could face great scrutiny, and Helen Noel could lose her job as a result. | 29 | This statement of fact raises an ethical issue because Zefrem is placing his personal interest of his family ahead of the issue with the trucks. | The potential harm by the statement of fact is that Zefrem could lose his job as a result of not divulging the issue. | 31 | This statement of fact raises an ethical issue because Jonathan promised he would keep Zefrem’s story confidential. | The potential harm by the statement of fact is that Jonathan may damage his friendship with Zefrem as a result of divulging the issue. |
C. List the stakeholders involved. 1. Jonathan Archer 2. Zefrem Cochrane 3. The Rugged Trucks Division 4. Gigantic 5. Purchasers of the Rugged Trucks with the old design 6. Dynamic Motors’ Fuel Development Division 7. Richard Daystream 8. Helen Noel 9.