Touro University International
International Business – ETH301
Module #1 – Case
23 April 2007
The Boeing Company hired Harry Stonecipher because he was a veteran of the aerospace community and well respected. He had been on retirement from the McDonnell Douglas Corporation were he last held the position of CEO. Boeing’s former CEO had just resigned due to an ethics scandal also involving other executive officers and the U.S. Air Force. Mr Stonecipher was known for his work ethics and was hired to enforce standards of conduct and restore the company’s credibility. He would later resign himself due to a consensual relationship with an ...view middle of the document...
After formal investigations, it had been determined that it is within the company’s best interests for Stonecipher to resign for exercising poor judgment. He had a moral obligation to live by the standards for which he was hired to enforce and now his future actions are questionable.
It is my belief that Mr Stonecipher made a consequential analysis of the affair prior to making his commitment. He knew the boundaries of company policy and decided to walk the line in what we generally call the grey area. As the CEO, he knew that his influences were taking the company in a positive direction and executives might think twice before taking action against him if the incident was deemed inappropriate.
The corporate leader is the hierarchy and navigator for the company. Their position employs them to make sound decisions on behalf of the organization. They employ and enforce standards of conduct for the sake of the company and its workers.
It is apparent that some corporate leadership has issues with morality, thus all the career vacancies. A person’s behavior can be wrong if it results in the best possible outcome and an act can be right even if it results in a negative outcome. Moral worth can be determined solely by its contribution.
All great companies must establish a code of conduct for employees. Each and every employee of the...