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Discussion:

  1. Apple and the FBI have two separate incidences where the FBI has asked Apple to break into an iPhone in a terrorist investigation where that phone may contain information that could prevent another terrorist attack. For purposes of this discussion, you are Tim Cook and you must decide how to respond to the FBI’s latest request.  Falling back on his business studies, Mr. Cook applies utilitarianism to analyze what his decision should be.
  • Who are the stakeholders in this and how might they be affect by Apple’s decision?
  • What decision benefits the greatest number of these stakeholders?
  • Do you agree with the decision that utilitarianism leads you to?  Why or why not?

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Please use the references below thanks

The Business Ethics Workshop (2012) Washington, DC: The Saylor Foundation

  • Chapter 3: Theories of Consequence Ethics: Traditional Tools for Making Decisions in Business When the Ends Justify the Means (pages 91-125)
  • Utilitarianism

The Business Ethics Workshop (2012) Washington, DC: The Saylor Foundation

[For additional information on ethical theories, see Course Resources under Content]

Theme 2:  Ethical Issues Surrounding Banking & Investment Activity