Ethics in an operations management course

by E A Rudnicka
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Graduates of the management major at the University, of Pittsburgh at\nGreensburg find employment in a variety of organizations. As future\nmanagers with employees from different professions, students expressed\nan interest in discussing ethics cases in the operations management\nclass. The semester starts with students familiarizing themselves with\nvarious professional and corporate codes of ethics. Throughout the\nsemester a number of short ethics' cases in operations' areas such as\ninventory management, scheduling, facility location, and product design\nare introduced to illustrate ethical issues that a manager and his/her\nemployees might face. Students prepare individual responses before the\nin-class discussions. The semester ends with a long group ethics case\ndiscussion and formal case presentations. In the end-of-semester survey,\nstudents responded very favorably to an ethics component in the\noperations management class.

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