Teaching Case - Ethical Problems in Public Careers: Lying

Ethical Problems in Public Careers: Lying

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    Abstract:
    This case consists of ten "minicases"--some fictitious and some drawn from actual events--that involve instances of deception in public affairs. Students are asked, via an answer sheet at the back, to judge whether the deceptions were, on balance, morally right or wrong. Classroom discussion then centers on the considerations that guided students in making their judgments. Discussion is not intended to lead to "correct" answers; the minicases were chosen because they present hard ethical choices. The evaluation exercise is designed to lead students to examine closely the reasoning behind their judgments; to point out inconsistencies and contradictions in their thinking; to suggest previously unconsidered arguments that might alter their judgments; and, ultimately, to build a framework for formulating guidelines in making difficult ethical choices.

    Learning Objective:
    The evaluation exercise is designed to lead students to examine closely the reasoning behind their judgments; to point out inconsistencies and contradictions in their thinking; to suggest previously unconsidered arguments that might alter their judgments; and, ultimately, to build a framework for formulating guidelines in making difficult ethical choices.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1980
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 548.0
    Case Author: Graham Allison and Lance Liebman
    Faculty Lead: Graham Allison
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 10
    Setting: Fictional
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Ford Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: Fictional
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