This essay focuses on effects of a whistleblower’s behavior. A whistleblower, by definition, is someone who brings an unethical, immoral, or illegal business practice
Discussion Question – Whistleblower: An Ethical Dilemma
A whistleblower, by definition, is someone who brings an unethical, immoral, or
illegal business practice to the public’s attention. Whistleblowers have a difficult
time in doing this, and they often find their lives changed because of their actions.
Sometimes they are shunned and also receive death threats. It is common for the
family members to feel the effects of a whistleblower’s behavior.
experience was turned into a movie, The Insider. He proved tobacco companies
were deliberately boosting the nicotine content of cigarettes, making them more
addictive and cancer causing. However, similar to other whistleblowers, he
suffered from tremendous stress and received death threats and other forms of
intimidation for doing the right thing. Do some research on Wigand’s actions.
For the first part of your post;
Firstly, Assess how Dr. Wigand showed moral intelligence and leadership in this
situation. Assess what you think he did for his own credibility based on his
Secondly, Evaluate what you would do if you found an unethical practice in your
workplace. Would your response depend on the severity of the unethical
select any one of the following bullet points.
Attempt to spread the bullet points out among class members (e.g., not have one
bullet point answered by all course participants).
Thirdly, Provide a couple examples of potential unethical practices in your
organization that could be considered very minor and that people have
come to “accept” as opposed to reporting. How, exactly, does the
organization or its members respond to the unethical practices? Assess any
inconsistencies in the organizational response. Recommend any alternative
organizations and discuss your model. How did you arrive at the model you
created? Propose how an organization might use your severity continuum
Further, Justify why you think that people tend to accept some unethical practices
while others are not accepted. Propose three or four key steps an
organization might take to build more consistent ethical decisions and
Conclude your post with a three or four sentence summary of the most
Provide a substantive (500–1,000 words) initial discussion post. Justify your
answers with examples and reasoning. Comment on the initial postings of at least
two peers. Your responses to other initial posts must be a 100 to 200 word
By the due date assigned post your initial response to the Discussion Area.
Before the end of the week, begin commenting on at least two of your peers’
responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall
experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language,
even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress.
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Firstly, be keen
Thirdly, take caution