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Ethics in an operations management course

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SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ETHICS, vol. 11, issue 4 (2005) pp. 645-654

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

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