In common with many areas of the business andmanagement curriculum, the case study methodplays a significant role in business ethicseducation. However, case study material incommon use is dominated by well-publicisedincidents of corporate misconduct oftenproviding a limited insight intodecision-making affecting front-line stafffacing personal dilemmas in their workinglives. This paper gives examples of, andexamines how, critical incident vignettes(CIVs), derived from the personal reflectionsof students, can provide an alternative totraditional ``disaster style'' corporate cases.CIVs illustrate the real-life ethical dilemmasthat confront front-line employees, oftenoperating in an environment with low-levels ofpersonal autonomy. They also highlight thefactors that contribute to decision-making insuch an environment, the transitory andtransactional nature of many employmentrelationships and the evasion of moralresponsibility to which this can give rise. Copyright © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
CitationMacfarlane, B. (2003). Tales from the front-line: Examining the potential of critical incident vignettes. Teaching Business Ethics, 7(1), 55-67. doi: 10.1023/A:1022631706060
- Case studies
- Critical incident vignettes
- Personal reflections