Ethics Dilemma: For this assignment you will submit a short prompt of no more than half a page which proposes a dilemma related to your area of study â€“ Finance. The goal here is to pinpoint a dilemma relevant to others in your own field. As such, it should not have a clear resolution: there should be arguments for multiple approaches â€“and clear issues with those approaches as well.
Consider the following dilemma as an example:
Eleanor was delighted with her new broadband connection. Having been used only to dial-up,
she loved the fact that now her internet connection was always on, and also that surfing and
downloading was so much quicker. And it was a bonus that it happened to be completely free.
Well, to say it was free was perhaps a little misleading. Eleanor paid nothing for the
service because she was using her neighborâ€™s WiFi connection, otherwise known as a wireless
Local Area Network. It so happened that Eleanorâ€™s apartment was close enough to her neighborâ€™s
for her to use his connection.
Eleanor didnâ€™t see this as theft. The neighbor had the connection anyway. And she was
only using his excess bandwith. In fact, a neat piece of software called â€œGood Magpieâ€ made
sure that her use of the connection never slowed down her neighbor by more than a negligible
amount. So she got the benefits of his connection, but he didnâ€™t suffer as a result.
Is Eleanor is doing anything wrong?
In writing your dilemma, try not to presuppose that one response to the dilemma is â€˜right,â€™ make
sure that the reader can imagine multiple ways to address the scenario (in this case there are three
obvious ones right off the bat for Eleanor: to act as she has, to ask permission from her
neighbor, and to not use the better internet at all). But donâ€™t feel that you have to answer every
conceivably relevant question: for example itâ€™s unclear whether Eleanorâ€™s neighbor has secured
his wifi or not, and that is potentially a relevant ethical issue here.
Finally, make certain you are thinking about something relevant to your major: an issue for a
Banker, or financial advisor, any financial professionalâ€¦. Something that you yourself may be faced with
some day, and as such donâ€™t over-worry about focusing on a technical detail related to that field, not if it helps you write a clearer dilemma.