Business Ethics -- Case Study #1: "Holland Hardware and Wichita Supermarket"

Discussion Questions:

What dilemma is Matt Holland faced with? What event has made him stop and think?

What values and purposes are important for Matt? Discuss the conflict of values for Matt in this problematic situation.

Briefly discuss Matt's place in the community, the importance of his business, and what has gone right for Matt up to this point.

Briefly discuss the problems Matt has been having with his business and the effect this might have on his family.

What persons, beyond his own family, are likely to be affected by Matt's decision? How might his decision affect the relationship he has with his community?

Discuss the obstacles Matt faces in trying to make a decision.

Discuss resources or opportunities suggested by the facts in this situation.

Test the alternative of accepting Bill Harrington's offer in terms of real conditions and likely consequences. Then, evaluate this alternative in the light of Matt's principles and values.

Test the alternative of not accepting Bill Harrington's offer in terms of real conditions and likely consequences. Then, evaluate this alternative in the light of Matt's principles and values.

Are there other possible courses of action suggested by this situation? Is there anything else Matt Holland could do? If so, test any such alternatives in terms of conditions, consequences, principles, and values.

Given all the facts, what should Matt do? Defend your choice for him. What will be gained and what will be lost as the result of this choice? In what sense will things be better for himself, his family, and all other persons involved? In what sense will things be worse for himself, his family, and all other persons involved?