Silicon Valley Business Ethics Cases
Collecting case studies from Santa Clara University alumni working in the business world was the focus of The Silicon Valley Business Ethics Dialogue, a project of the Ethics Center's Hackworth Fellows in Business Ethics.
These cases were written by SCU seniors Alexis Babb, Saayeli Mukherji, Amanda Nelson, and Noah Rickling as part of their work as Hackworth Fellows.
Confronting Corruption in the Workplace
A new hire weighs her options upon finding widespread misconduct.
Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?
An employee is pressured to cover for a coworker's misbehavior.
Preferential Treatment in the Workplace
Should an intern file a complaint on behalf of someone else against their wishes?
What constitutes a reportable offense?
Stretching the Principles of Revenue Recognition
A CFO is pressured to sign off on a premature sale.
When Innovation Outpaces Regulation
Do firm's have an obligation to self-regulate?
Signing Off on a Substandard Product
A recent graduate has to choose between shipping subpar quality and losing a sale.
Externalities of Age Discrimination Safeguards
When doing the right thing comes with legal risk.
In the Name of the Good
When withholding service from the few is in the best interest of the many.
When Equality Compromises Efficiency
A sales representative considers avoiding non-English speaking customers.
When You Disagree with Your Supervisor
An intern is stuck in the middle of a workplace dispute.
When Incentives Don't Match Your Values
A recent college graduate struggles to keep quality high while working toward quotas.
Do Small Errors Need to be Reported?
A young financial analyst at a publicly traded company uncovers minor errors in his report.
Friend or Liability?
A young CEO considers his obligation to his friend in a business setting.
Sexual Harassment in Investment Banking
A recent college graduate confronts misconduct in a polarizing work environment.
Sexual Misconduct at the C-Level
A CEO fails to lead leaving another executive in a dilemma.
A Case in Accounting Ethics
When fudging the numbers becomes the norm.
At What Cost?
A manager is offered his boss' job.
A Case In Accounting Ethics
An outside consultant uncovers a temporary scheme by his client to secure a bank loan.
When the CEO is a Close Friend
Ethics in the News
Hana Callaghan discusses a government official's duty to preserve trust.
Character education is the deliberate, proactive attempt to foster the skills and beliefs that lead to ethical behavior.
How can we ensure that disruptive innovations lead to a more ethical world?