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Essay Question -Ethical Dillema.

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Essay Question -Ethical Dillema. [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2004, 21:34
Hi Linda,

Iam applying to a few B schools this year. Currently am working on the essays of Indian school of Business and one of the questions that I observe is

"Discuss an ethical dilemma that you experienced first hand, and how you resolved it"

To be honest,I don't recall anything at my work place ,where I have experienced an ethical dilemma.Am an IT engr from India working in the US and my job involves understanding certain requirements and then coding based on the specs given.

I have a few questions.
a)Firstly, does the answer to this essay question has to be something related to work.

b)Perhaps, the only time when I had a feeling of confusion was when I joined a team and was asked to learn the functionality and technical details of a system.
We were 4 guyz from the company and were aked to learn the details of a system.We were replacing 12 american employees. In short,the job was being outsourced to India.

The enviornment was hostile ,not friendly and we 4 had a tough time for the first few months.
Our technical lead was an American and a few of the employees who were laid off were his friends.
For the first few days, he looked into every aspect of our work and even if there was a minor problem he took it up to our management. I have bad memories of that experience.

Do you think I should mention something like this in the application as an answer to this question.

Please share ur views and comments.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 08:43
Hi,

The question does not seem to be limited to ethical dilemmas that one encountered in the work place.

The anecdote (as presently written) does not appear to relate an ethical dilemma so much as overcoming a hostile work environoment.

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Re: Essay Question -Ethical Dillema. [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 15:20
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Hi Linda,

Iam applying to a few B schools this year. Currently am working on the essays of Indian school of Business and one of the questions that I observe is

"Discuss an ethical dilemma that you experienced first hand, and how you resolved it"

To be honest,I don't recall anything at my work place ,where I have experienced an ethical dilemma.Am an IT engr from India working in the US and my job involves understanding certain requirements and then coding based on the specs given.

I have a few questions.
a)Firstly, does the answer to this essay question has to be something related to work.

b)Perhaps, the only time when I had a feeling of confusion was when I joined a team and was asked to learn the functionality and technical details of a system.
We were 4 guyz from the company and were aked to learn the details of a system.We were replacing 12 american employees. In short,the job was being outsourced to India.

The enviornment was hostile ,not friendly and we 4 had a tough time for the first few months.
Our technical lead was an American and a few of the employees who were laid off were his friends.
For the first few days, he looked into every aspect of our work and even if there was a minor problem he took it up to our management. I have bad memories of that experience.

Do you think I should mention something like this in the application as an answer to this question.

Please share ur views and comments.

Thanks and regards,
New kid.


An ethical dilemma is a situation where two values you hold dear collide. You have a choice to make and every option seems wrong. There is no clear morally right choice.

Frankly, the incident you describe above sounds uncomfortable, but I don't see clashing values or your dilemma -- unless you find outsourcing morally wrong.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 16:16
Thanks for the reply. Let me put on my thinking cap on and think of something new. :idea:
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