Borrowed Tools

TitleBorrowed Tools
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , Dissent , Employer/Employee Relationships , ENGINEERING , HONESTY , Organizational , responsibilities , whistleblowing
AbstractXYZ Corporation permits its employees to borrow company tools. However, Engineeer Al House went one step further and ordered tools for his unit that would be useful for his home building projects even though they were of no significant use to his unit and the corporation. When a colleague, Michael, finds out about this, he talks to a supervisor, and asks that his name is not revealed. Al is reprimanded and immediately confronts all of the engineers in his unit about who "ratted" on him.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
Abbreviated Case NameBorrowed Tools
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