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# Ethical Dilemma Question - Schulich Business School

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30 Jan 2014, 01:33
Describe a time when you were faced with an ethical dilemma. What strategies did you use to resolve the issue? What would you have done differently if faced with a similar situation? (Please limit your answer to 350 words.)

What I plan to write is as follows:

The Business Development Manager of our company was going against company policy and keeping the money meant for client with himself. Solution 1. To confront him directly but this would bring friction which will not be good for office environment and chances were low that he would stop doing that. Solution 2. To report this to the senior management directly and get him fired or whatever action seniors take but again anybody in place could still do the same. What I did? I talked to seniors and suggested them to fix the root cause of the problem so that nobody can do similar practice.

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07 Feb 2014, 07:33
That’s a huge ethical dilemma indeed! It does certainly answer the question.

For elaboration, here’s what I suggest, considering the 350-word limit: tell the story straightforwardly of discovering this problem, including a little of what you thought, and the various actions you considered. Then describe the action you took, and why you chose that action. State the outcome: what happened as a result, etc. If there’s room, reflect back in one sentence on some pertinent learning from this experience.
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16 Feb 2015, 21:25
I'm always unsure what to write about on admissions essays with topics such as this. I'm the type to follow management's direction regardless, unless it's illegal.

Would I be able to get by with something more typical? I do have a very unique ethical "tragedy" that I experienced early in my career but I don't know if admissions would appreciate the truth or scare them.

The gist of it was, I'd discovered a former supervisor had sexually assaulted a coworker who I was good friends with. Since there wasn't much hard evidence to recover in these types of cases, HR and legal took the stance of calling this coworker outside of the office and implicitly threatened termination if she reported it ("Are you unhappy working at ___? You don't talk to me anybody but come through me...")

Such secrets can only remain hidden for so long and eventually whispered conversations started traversing the office. People I worked with who found out and also knew this person well confronted HR indignantly, but I was getting scared because they all were being terminated for obscure "performance" reasons that had never been a problem for the past few years. They got everyone except me; I was careful not to show I knew and I'd been approached more than once by senior management if I had any knowledge of the issue. What could I say if the victim confided in me and didn't want people to know?

I've been criticized by family for "ruining my career" because of it and though sometimes I feel sad about the episode, it's not because I lost my job and stalled my career for a year or two. I was sad that someone suffered through something like that. I think at the time when I made those reports despite the pressuring fear, it came down to one question: "When I look back on my life, will I regret risking my job to help someone in need during their weakest hour, or will I regret lost career opportunity?"

At the end of my life, I believe money will no longer be of value to me. There might have been better solutions available, but for the me who'd come fresh out of college, with no powerful connections, no real confrontations with the outside world after growing up in an ordinary, peaceful household, I just ran with what I could do then. I lost many things as a result. But I'm glad today I didn't give up my morality, the importance of being human.

So you see, I really have nothing truly important that I can think to write about in terms of the ethical dilemma topic because this always stands out prominent in my memory. It is probably the only instance I can write about free of forced effort. If this weren't reviewed by a panel whose decision makes an important influence on my career future, I can think of nothing else that more closely addresses an ethical dilemma that I've experienced thus far in my life.
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