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Mesa Meals, Inc. case




Case;Andrew Manning is the CEO of Mesa Meals, Inc. (MMI), a group of four successful restaurants in the Southwest. One member of the MMI board of directors, Clark Foster, has a daughter, Tabitha Foster, who has just started Tabitha's Tablecloths, a business that supplies restaurant linens. Foster has approached Manning to explain Tabitha?s business. Tabitha's Tablecloths has adopted an environmental emphasis in its operations as a way of countering the industry trend toward the use of paper products in restaurants. Clark Foster initially recruited Manning as CEO, was instrumental in having the board select Manning, and is one of Manning?s strong backers. Foster supported Manning when other board members were impatient with his new procedures, policies, and changes. Ordinarily, when someone approaches Andrew Manning with information on a new supplier, he takes the information and refers it to the purchasing/supply area or refers the person directly to the manager of purchasing. In this case, Andrew personally presented the information to MMI?s purchasing manager, Zoe Apse. Andrew offered Zoe the Tabitha's Tablecloths brochure and card and explained, ?She is Clark Foster?s daughter. She graduated with a degree in marketing from the State University last June and now has her own firm. See what you can do. Our contract with Loretta?s Linens is up for renewal. Maybe we can do something.?;Zoe evaluated Tabitha?s and Loretta?s proposals, as well as that of an additional firm, in making the purchasing decision. Although the pricing between Tabitha?s and Loretta?s is equivalent, Tabitha?s is too young a firm to have a track record, and Zoe is not convinced that Tabitha?s can handle MMI?s large account. Given Mr. Manning?s interest, however, Zoe is confused about what recommendation to make.;Post your analysis to the discussion according to the steps outlined in the general discussion instructions posted for W3 (i.e., critical thinking steps and Badaracco analysis). Be sure to read and comment on your classmates' posted analyses as well.;These are the Instructions;This week's discussion activity has two distinct elements: 1) application of a portion of the critical-thinking model form Browne & Keeley (20% of your overall grade for this conference), and 2) application of the Badaracco framework for ethical decision making (80% of your overall grade for this discussion). Your response to this discussion will not be complete unless it includes both of these elements.;Follow this approach;First, complete the reading assignment and watch the Badaracco video;Second, analyze the Case Study: The Director's Daughter using the following steps from the Browne & Keeley (2012) text;1) What is the issue?;2) What are the reasons?;3) Are there any value assumptions and conflicts or descriptive assumptions? If so, what are they?;4) What significant information has been omitted?;5) What conclusions are possible?;Third, using the Badaracco framework, analyze the Director?s Daughter case in the discussion. Be sure to address all four of Badaracco's questions and his 3 tests specifically in your discussion analysis.;You may post your main topic response as one large contribution OR split it into TWO main topic posts if you prefer. Be sure to label your posts appropriately.;The point of having an ethical framework is to give you a step-by-step process to evaluate ethical decisions. The process of applying the framework requires us to reflect on our choices and to see them from different perspectives, rather than reacting in a purely emotional or intuitive way. Intuition is a tool that we can use to make ethical decisions, but it?s not the only tool, Critical thinking is also a very important factor in making ethical decisions. As Badaracco points out, our ethical decisions don?t have to be ?heroic? or dramatic, the every-day workplace issues involving co-workers and more routine situations are the ones that most of us are faced with. We probably think of them as so routine that we might not even recognize that they are ethical issues. The case you are presented with this week may be a bit more dramatic than some, but it still involves very real kinds of problems that occur in organizational life.;Don't worry too much about the particular laws that apply to the question, "Is it legal?" You are not expected to know the exact answer to this question, and many legal questions are very complex. If there were pat, easy answers to legal questions, we wouldn't have so many lawsuits and so many lawyers. However, you are expected to make a reasonable judgment and explain how you would proceed if you were making this decision in real life.;The questions regarding ethics are the most important questions this week. It is not sufficient to say. "This would not be ethical, because it is wrong." Why is it wrong? What standards are you applying? Ethical analysis involves the application of principles and values to particular situations. The readings will help you to see this.


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