After the terrible disaster, Roger was ordered to be upon the investigating team but after testifying in front of the Rogers Commission about the discrepancy for the launch of the shuttle. He was secluded from NASA and his position at Thiokol was changed. Upon further investigation, the chairman of the commission disapproved of the company for punishing the two engineers who worked on the shuttle, but received the blame. As a result, they were both offered their jobs back, but Rogers left the company on extended sick leave. According to Kantian ethics, Categorical Imperative would have pushed the superiors to listen to Roger Boisjoly, who had good intentions in trying to prevent a disaster. He not only voiced his concerns once, but three times before the final launch of the shuttle which ended in the deaths of seven innocent astronauts. His warnings were based upon extensive research and premise, but they chose not to listen to him. Though he went into voicing his concerns with good 5
Hoang intentions, he ended up with a negative consequence. He followed Kant’s idea of moral duty to do right because it is the right thing to do. He could have gone public about the concerns in efforts to further prevent the unfortunate happenings of this accident. III. Enron In 2002, Enron was ranked the fifth largest company in the United States according to Fortune magazine. In the same time that this magazine was published, Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections. They fell from the top from being the regional gas pipeline trader to the largest energy trader in the world. With the help of further investigation, researchers discovered that the company had the assistance of investment bankers, accountant and other business personnel. They were able to create illegal partnerships that were not kept in the record books. These hidden record books helped cover up the large amount of debt and aided in increasing its stock price in the market. Enron executives managed these books and benefitted from this. As a result of their downfall, Enron employees lost their 401k plans and the savings of many employees were drained because of the closure of the plans when they changed administrators when the stock price dramatically dropped which meant employees could not make any more changes resulting in the large loss. In accordance to Kantian ethics, Executives had the power to do right by their employees and could have avoided this traumatic downfall of the company. Instead they denied there was anything wrong for a long time. Not only did the executives have a large role in the downfall, but the other traditional gatekeepers did too. The board, the audit team, the lawyers, investment bankers, and the agencies all foreseen this turn of events happening. The negligence and selfishness would combat everything that 6
Hoang Kantian ethics believed in. The intentions of Enron was to benefit for themselves and not the good of the company and its employees.
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