The Problem: The Case of the New Computers

You have budgeted money to replace 20 of the computer terminals in your office. As the research is coming in, you notice that if you buy equipment which meets the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) standards, the cost will be about $24,000 less than if you buy equipment which meets proposed standards which were put together by an industry wide group trying to reduce carpal tunnel and other work-related injuries. These proposed standards have not yet been adopted and there are rumblings on the "hill" that the President does not support the new standards.

You don’t know whether or not carpal tunnel syndrome is a problem for your company, but you are trying to make a good decision for your staff.

Be Attentive: Set the Context 1. Ethical Actor

The first step is to identify the ethical actor. In a sentence identify the ethical actor for this problem.


The next step is to identify the stakeholders. List the other stakeholders for this problem.

3. Assumptions

In two or three bullet points, identify any assumptions you are making about the problem.