Any actions by Red Corp to safeguard select customer information and not others would lead to a considerable degradation of trust by Red Corp’s customers, significantly impacting the company’s strategic vision. In effort to develop a framework for Red Corp management’s ethical decisions, the recommendation to pursue the Golden/Silver rule would be made. As previously discussed, the Golden/Silver rule of ethics offers the best ethical balance with the greatest reward for success. Mutual good faith non-use of competitor information can be achieved through partnership and strategic discussions with Blue Corp management. In consideration of the red Corp’s efforts to pursue legal process and coupled with the dialogue between both companies, there may be room
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND7to include a legal agreements in the acceptability of non-use of competitor information; thus creating legal implication on any agreements not followed. Ethically, the Golden and Silver rules are the most ethical solution to the presented issues. Question #3.The recommended solutions made to Red Corp management, in my opinion, present the best solution to address the situation. As a consultant, any recommendations made to Red Corp are made as a recommendation based on analysis and appropriate courses of actions. However, if Red Corp chooses not to pursue such recommendations would be at the discretion of their management team and potentially subject to greater impacts. If ever sought out by Blue Corp, I would be led to question whether or not my services would constitute its own ethical issues, given a conflict of interest. However, if not ever placed in that scenario, I would seek to utilize the same level of analysis used to recommend appropriateactions to Red Corp. In comparison of both situations, the scenario presents additional information that requires further analysis. According to the scenario, it appears that Red Corp is exercising the Iron Rule, whereas they chose to utilize the information leak against their competitors before the customer data could be used against them. If consulting on the behalf of Blue Corp, the recommendation to pursue the Brass Rule would be made. As previously discussed, Brass Rule asserts an equally opposing force when negative actions are made against them. Given the reason that both companies are business competitors, the Brass Rule would be considered as an appropriate response that would require Blue Corp leaders to act ethically, according to the discussed ethical rules. Question #4.
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND8In consideration of the scenarios presented in questions #2 and #3, both situations presentchallenges that yielded two separate recommendations. In particular, scenario #2 illustrated a non-hostile situation between both Red and Blue Corp, whereas scenario #3 illustrated a hostile action made by Red Corp against Blue Corp. The recommendation made in scenario #3 is appropriate, because a recommendation of a Golden Rule would present the weaknesses that were previously discussed.