Price is Right?

TitlePrice is Right?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBUSINESS ethics , Engineer/Client Relationships , ENGINEERING , HONESTY
AbstractA company orders custom made parts from ABC for one of its products, and in the original order, ABC indicates that it will charge $75 per part. However, after the contract is signed, but before the production of the part begins, Christine, an engineer at ABC, determines that a much less expensive metal alloy can be used while only slightly compromising the integrity of the part. Using her new design, it only costs ABC $18 a part. Christine later finds out the ABC does not plan on telling their customer about the change in the alloy being used, nor do the plan to lower the price of the part.
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 NamePrice is Right?
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