Accession Number : ADA305979

Title :   An Examination of Acquisition Ethical Dilemmas: Case Studies for Ethics Training.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Higgs, Joycelin R.

PDF Url : ADA305979

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : As a skill, ethical decision making requires cultivation through training and practice. However, for Department of Defense acquisition employees, ethical training has been more of an orientation to legal requirements and restrictions, than as a guidance for learning how to make ethical decisions. Although legal parameters of acceptable behavior and theoretical discussion of ethics are necessary to provide a foundation for a well-developed system of ethics, they do not provide practical approaches to ethical dilemmas. From narratives collected in interviews, this study identifies common ethical dilemmas faced by Department of Defense acquisition employees and analyzes the decision processes used to resolve the dilemmas. The narratives have been complied into acquisition ethical case studies, which can be used to supplement and tailor current Department of Defense ethics training.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *DECISION MAKING, *JOB TRAINING, *CASE STUDIES, *ETHICS, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, REQUIREMENTS, ACQUISITION, PARAMETERS, LEARNING, REGULATIONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, INSTRUCTION MANUALS, ROLES(BEHAVIOR).

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE