Case: Aircraft Brake Scandal

1683 Words Oct 16th, 2012 7 Pages
Executive Summary
Goodrich Company was suspected of publishing falsified qualification report of its new-designed aircraft brake for the A7D. Kermit Vandiveer, a data analyst and technical writer in Goodrich, was ordered by the executives to issue a false qualification report. Initially, Vandiveer refused and got support from his supervisor. However, under the pressure he had to offered artificial graphic presentation in the report. After the failing flight test, Vandiveer disclosed the misconduct and fraud of Goodrich and turned into a government witness in the litigation. Vandiveer faced dilemmas throughout the case: to follow his personal value and professional responsibility to refuse unethical action or to follow the managers’ order to
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One group was represented by Vandiveer who refused to write a deliberately falsified report. They were integrity and stood on their personal values and beliefs. They were responsibility for their professional standards and for the company’s interest and reputation as employees. Most people in the other group were executives, who were more concerned with their performance and future career path. They tried every way to whitewash the truth despite the serious consequence. A detailed Ethical Analysis Workbook for all people involved provided in Exhibit 1.

The Relevant Standards/Principles
There are two major standards used to evaluating Vandiveer’s behavior. One is fiduciary principle that required someone act in the best interests of the company and its investors. Diligence, intelligence, candor, loyalty, and many other characters are positive behavior of fiduciary. And unauthorized self-dealing, carelessness, bribery, and some other negative behaviors are prohibited. The other one is transparency principle that required someone conduct business in a truthful and open manner. Accuracy, truthfulness, honesty reflect this standard and fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation oppose it.
Under the fiduciary principle, the one under such situation should try his best to protect the interest of company. Obviously, that was a right-versus-wrong situation. As an employee, neither quitting the job to escape from bad situation nor…