Decision Making and Ethics


Some of the objectives to identify include how to repair the defectin the engine part, ensuring that airplane manufacturers are aware ofthe defect and most importantly ensuring that no harm is caused.Considering that the possibility of the engine part being exposed tolow temperatures, which result in a crack, is uncertain, it is notokay for Ken to assume that the risk is low. The airplanemanufacturers need to be aware of the defect because they may havealready installed the faulty engines in airplanes. Thus, they willhave to make the necessary repairs or replacement.

Ken is the lead engineer responsible for ensuring that no jetengines manufactured by the company are faulty. The options availableto Ken include reporting the defect to ensure the necessaryprecautions in repairing the part are undertaken as soon as possible.Ken may also choose to inform airplane manufacturers of the fault andwarn them of the dangers. By informing the company, it means thatthey will be accountable for fixing the problem. By informing theairplane manufacturers, they will be accountable for reducingpossibility of exposure at low temperatures.

The company has an ethical duty of fixing the part. As the jetengine producers, it is their ethical responsibility to guaranteethat their product meets the demands of customers. Ethical dutyentails following a morally appropriate path. In the case ofmanufacturing, the appropriate path is the manufacture of productsthat are not faulty. This means that in case of any fault, thecompany must take full accountability to fix the problems.

The company needs to consider the approximated expense of fixing thepart during decision-making. This is because fixing the part isexpensive. Because it is their ethical duty to fix the defect, thecompany must plan financially. Financial planning will be reviewedduring decision-making.