Ethics in an operations management course

by Ewa Rudnicka
Science and Engineering Ethics ()


Abstract  Graduates of the management major at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg find employment in a variety of organizations.\n As future managers with employees from different professions, students expressed an interest in discussing ethics cases in\n the operations management class. The semester starts with students familiarizing themselves with various professional and\n corporate codes of ethics. Throughout the semester a number of short ethics’ cases in operations’ areas such as inventory\n management, scheduling, facility location, and product design are introduced to illustrate ethical issues that a manager and\n his/her employees might face. Students prepare individual responses before the in-class discussions. The semester ends with\n a long group ethics case discussion and formal case presentations. In the end-of-semester survey, students responded very\n favorably to an ethics component in the operations management class.

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