Business Ethics Case Study: Martha's Dilemmas

1. Introduction
BrightGIS partner and project manager has Martha to manage dilemma brought about by the new tender specification requirements and to enhance their chances in getting new tenders they need comply with the new specifications. The new specification requires those working with the data to be qualified and be registered with PLATO as a GISc technician. The current stuff has the required experience and has been doing a great job, and has assisted in the bringing the company new contracts and enhancing the company reputation in the past but do not meet the requirements.
1.1 Martha’s Dilemma
Martha’s dilemma has two elements to it, one is an ethical and a moral decision to retrench the current stuff without the required academic qualifications
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The ultimate decision Martha makes using the ethical decision making process must be legal according to the South African constitution and the labour law, it must meet BrightGIS ethical standards, should be fair to the employees and the company, and the decision taken should allow some degree of disclosure (publicly and privately).
2. Possible options to solve Martha’s dilemma
Martha has three options to consider, one the retrenching the current employees and employ graduates who just graduated. The second option is supporting the current employees who do not meet the new requirements by ensuring they get the right qualifications to comply by providing funding for their formal education endeavour. And the third option is to employ a few GISc technicians to comply with requirement and keep the current employees, costly but ideal to the current employees, the technicians could be appointed on low grades.
3. Application of the ethical decision making criteria to solve Martha’s Dilemma
3.1 Is it
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The first option of retrenchment is legal in South Africa according to the constitution and labour law. The dilemma with this particular option is whether Martha is willing to let her employees who have been there from the beginning and have the required experience go, will her ethics and morals allow her to do so even if it is legal.

The second option also passes the legal test as the labour law and constitution allow and promote further skills development of employees through Human Resources policies. This option is good for the employees but could prove costly to the company; it is a question of whether Martha can risk company capital and send the employees to further training using the company funds as a partner to the company. This is also a challenge to the other partners (shareholders), whether they will allow sending the employees to training and take the capital risk as well.

The third option is passes the legal test and beyond the legal test it will also be the most ethical decision because it covers the new legal requirements and does not lead to retrenchment.
3.2 Does it meet the company

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