Immanuel kant and the ford pinto case immanuel kant¶s theory on morals states that ³nothing can possibly be conceived in the world, or even out of it, which can be called good, without qualification, except a good will´1 kant points to other human qualities such as courage, intelligence, wit and others that are. The ford pinto case is mentioned in most business ethics texts as an example of cost-benefit analysis, yet in those formats any appreciation of the complexity surrounding the issues of such decisions is overly simplified as a thorough study , this book provides material that enriches the entire idea of using a particular case. There was a time when the “made in japan” label brought a predictable smirk of superiority to the face of most americans the quality of most japanese products usually was as low as their price in fact, few imports could match their domestic counterparts, the proud products of yankee know-how but by the late 1960s. Lesson #1 case study #1: the ford pinto 1) at the end of the previous class, a) divide the class into groups containing 3 or 4 students each b) pass out assignment sheet shown on p 2 (file “fordreaddoc”) c) mention to the students that in the next class they will be performing a case study concerning engineering ethics. Case study report on ford company who made a car named as pinto the presentation tells the summary of design issue and the flaws in the car and ethical issues.
This book brings together the basic documents needed for reaching an informed judgment on the central ethical question in the pinto case: did ford motor company act ethically in designing the. Cases including two landmark cases, grimshaw vs ford motor company and state of indiana vs ford motor company a subsequent analysis of the pinto's overall safety indicated its safety was comparable to other cars of its class the pinto has been cited widely as a business ethics as well as tort reform case study. Ford pinto this is an important case study, because it shows the need for ethical standards in business it is common practice in business to perform a cost-benefit anaylsis for example, i may suggest that we only serve fair trade coffee at my cafe i can calculate how much this may cost - it may be £500 a month, as fair.
In engineering ethics: the ford pinto exploding fuel tank, you'll learn why the ford pinto was susceptible to fires following rear-end collisions inexpensive modifications, which were never implemented, that could have saved lives contents of the infamous pinto memo why the case against the ford pinto and its. Based on the ford pinto case , in the year 1960's there was strong competition for ford in the american small car market from volkswagen and several japanese companies in order to fight the competition, ford rushed its newly made car the pinto into production in much less than it usually required developing a car.
Regardless of opinion, the ford pinto case is a tangled web of many complex legal and ethical issues to determine if the proper result was achieved in this case, one has source: douglas birsch and john h fielder, the ford pinto case: a study in applied ethics business, and technology p 281994. The paradox of ethics and compliance ethics ethics as described by kant as: “the intention and the categorical imperative of morality” the ford pinto case study on business ethics 3. Comprehensive case study to address the ethical dilemma of engineers and managers faced at the very design implementation stage under condition of table 1 student pretest responses of ethical cynicism quotient then the students were given the ford pinto case before any theories of ethics were discussed p.
Title, ford pinto case publication type, case study year of publication, 1995 authors, ladenson, r corporate authors, of center for the study of ethics in the professions, iit date published, 04/1995 publisher, center for the study of ethics in the professions, illinois institute of technology publication. Businesses in today's era increasingly rely on corporate social responsibility to create a positive image in the target market, which ultimately helps the organization to gain a stronger position this paper is based on the case of ford pinto, offering a summary of the case study moreover, three key ethical.