This Case is about HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LEADING TEAMS
PUBLICATION DATE: March 10, 2009 PRODUCT #: 909C07-HCB-ENG
In particular, T.J. was disturbed by the shoddy correction supplied by K.C. when his mistake was emphasized. T.J. was also appalled at K.C.’s nonchalant approach towards plagiarism and the group endeavors, particularly after finding that K.C. had done the same on their first group endeavor. T.J. supposed strongly that the matter should be brought up to the class professor but two of his group mates differed, worrying that the group agreement would be adversely affected, thus endanger their last group project, which carried considerably higher burden at 20 per cent.
The remaining two group teammates did not appear to contemplate the issue a serious one. This case was composed to a business ethics course to be used in the opening class. Nevertheless, it’s potential to be used in lessons on team dynamics and dialogue, conflict resolution. Names are changed to provide anonymity although the case relies on a real incident.
A badly charitable group member to group homework and the issue of plagiarism is one that resonates profoundly with pupils pursuing any class that stresses group work as an essential part of the class evaluation. The case has realistic significance to the working world as the event can happen in that circumstance. The case also functions as an excellent reminder to students about plagiarism besides being a useful opener to any class on ethics. It provides opportunities for discussion and clarification on what exactly constitutes plagiarism and the professors’/universities’ stand on the issue.