This week your assignment is to write a 1 1/2 - 2 page paper in response to the following problem:
You are the manager of a department and you think many hours are being lost at work because people are using their office computers for personal matters during business hours. The head of IT can install spyware on every computer in your department to monitor what each employee does. The two company VP's give you conflicting advice, however. One tells you that you should install the software so that the company does not waste productivity, but the other advises that respect for employees' privacy is an important ideal, and should be respected over productivity. The VP's tell you that they will support whatever decision you make. What are the ethical considerations involved in this decision?
First, distinguish the deontological and utilitarian ethical points of view, describing how they are different from each other and explaining their key characteristics. Then analyze how these two ethical positions would consider the above scenario. Would each framework lead to the same decision or a different one?
Finally, what would you decide and why? Make sure you refer to some ethical position in your answer.
The paper should be written in your own words and address all of the indicated questions. You will be graded on your demonstrated understanding of course material and your organization and grammar. Please follow APA guidelines for the title page and other elements of the paper.
This question was asked on Mar 17, 2010.
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