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Theories of Ethics – Leadership and Ethical Decision Making

Attached problem scenario A to learn more about Bill and Joe’s relationship. This scenario will provide you with key information to help formulate your answers for the assignment.

Phase 1:

You are having a lunch meeting with Bill Bateman, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Peninsula Hotel chain, and Joe Smith, the sales rep for UWEAR. During the meeting, Bill raises the topic of the upcoming contract renewal.
?I?m glad you brought that up, Bill,? Joe says. ?We?re really looking forward to working with you again this year. I was happy that we were able to reach an agreement last year, and it?s been a pleasure working with you and your team.”
Joe, like most of the UWEAR and PALEDENIM employees, is feeling the pressure to perform, fearing cutbacks and layoffs because of the merger. Sales have been down, and profit margins are very slim. Last year, Joe was reprimanded when he signed the contract with Peninsula Hotels because the price that he offered was so low. However, he had no choice because his competitor, Threads4U, was also a very shrewd bidder, and Joe would have lost the contract otherwise.
?Well, it has been good working with you too, Joe. I?ve really enjoyed our friendship, and the contract was very beneficial for our company,? Bill continues, ?The reason I wanted to talk about the contract today is because I just got a call this week from Samantha over at Threads4U. She?s offering to beat your price by 10% to win back our business. What are you going to do to counter that offer??

Answer the following questions:
What should Joe do in this situation?
What ethical theory supports how you think Joe should react to this situation?
Why would you use this theory?
What might others with a different view than yours say in this situation?
How would you refute those opposing perspectives?
Is there a compromise or creative solution to this problem? If so, what is it? Why is it feasible?

The meeting between Bill and Joe did not go very well, and the Peninsula Hotel chain contract is in jeopardy. Despite their personal relationship, Bill is threatening to sign a contract with Joe?s competitor, Threads4U, because it is undercutting UWEAR?s price.
Joe is desperate to save the contract because the Peninsula Hotel chain contract accounts for over 50% of his territory’s sales; without them, his future with UWEAR is uncertain. He realizes that he needs to gain approval from his management team before he moves forward with any further contract negotiations with the Peninsula Hotel chain. Complete the following in a paper of 2-3 pages:
Who are the stakeholders in this situation?
What are the responsibilities of each stakeholder to the company?
Provide at least 4 ethical responsibilities for each stakeholder.
For each stakeholder, what would be the appropriate response to the situation?
What should Joe propose to the management team?
How should he support his proposal?
APA Format, 2-3 Pages per phase. Total of 5 to 6 pages

Problem A: Ethical Dilemma
Note: All character and company names are fictional and are not intended to
depict any actual person or business.
Your meeting with the chief executive officers (CEOs) of UWEAR and
PALEDENIM went well. In a discussion following the meeting, Tom Tramlin,
the CEO of UWEAR, mentioned that he would like you to spend some time in
the field with his top sales representative to get a feel for what the
salespeople face every day selling in the current business environment.
Today, you are scheduled to spend the day with Joe Smith.
As you walk across the lobby of UWEAR, you see Tom talking to a tall,
distinguished-looking man. ?This is Joe Smith,? Tom introduces when you
step up to them. ?You’ll be spending some time with him today in the field.?
?Nice to meet you, Joe,? you respond, shaking Joe’s hand.
Tom says goodbye and makes his way to elevator while you and Joe head
toward the parking garage. ?We’re going to meet with a couple of clients
today,? Joe explains. ?First, we’ll have lunch with Bill Bateman, the CEO of
the Peninsula Hotel chain. He’s a great guy and I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting
?Where are we meeting him for lunch?? I ask, getting into Joe’s car.
?Bill’s hotel, the Peninsula, has a great restaurant that I frequently use to
meet clients,? Joe answers. ?The food is outstanding. We’re going to meet
him there to discuss the renewal of his uniform contract.?
As you continue the drive to the hotel, Joe elaborates on his business history
with Bill. ?I was able to win the contract for the Peninsula chain last year,? he
explains. ?We were just able to underbid our competitor, Threads4U. In fact,
Bill said that I underbid them by about $5 per uniform. Great victory on my
?It sounds like you’ve established a great working relationship with Bill,? you
?Oh, yeah,? Joe agrees. ?He’s a great guy. The first time we met, I was on
my way to buy a nice bottle of cabernet as a birthday gift for my wife. She
loves the expensive wines. I happened to mention this to Bill, he said he
orders it all the time and offered to give me some for free. I told him it wasn’t
Problem A: Ethical Dilemma
necessary, but he insisted. When I got my car back from the valet, I found
not just a bottle, but an entire case of high-end cabernet in my trunk.? Joe
shakes his head, smiling. ?But that’s just the kind of guy Bill is.?
?It sounds like it worked out for you and your wife,? you comment. ?Did she
enjoy her birthday gift??
?Yes,? Joe says. ?We both enjoyed it for quite some time. Well, here we are,?
he adds, pulling up the Peninsula Hotel.
As you park and exit the car, Joe explains, ?Since Bill and I have been doing
business, he?s referred three other hotel owners to me to supply their
uniforms. Except for when I?m meeting with one of his competitors, I usually
conduct business meetings with clients here at the restaurant in Bill?s hotel.?
?It?s a beautiful hotel,? you comment as Joe leads you through the lobby,
admiring the elegant d?cor. ?No wonder you enjoy coming here. I wouldn?t
mind bringing my family here for a weekend sometime.?
?Actually,? Joe says, ?My wife and I have become really good friends with Bill
and his wife. He often invites us out onto his yacht with his family, we go to
social events with them, and we?ve stayed at the hotel several times. We
really enjoy it. You should bring your family sometime, too. Kids love the pool
with the waterfall.
You nod, following Joe into the hotel?s restaurant. After all you?ve heard about
Bill, you are very interested in meeting him.

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