What are the major ethical challenges and issues presented in this case? Your evaluation should include discussions for each of the major players including the government, the regulators (Canadian and American), the railways, the railway’s employees involved, and others you deem as major.

Case Readings (read all of the following before you begin your analysis): Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). (2014). Lac-Mgantic runaway train and derailment investigation summary. TSB Railway Investigation Report R13D0054. https://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/2013/r13d0054/r13d0054-r-es.asp Mackrael, K. (2018, May 15). Investigating a tragedy: Piecing together the events of Lac-Mgantic. The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/investigating-a-tragedy-piecing-together-the-events-of-lac-megantic/article25588529/ Quigley, K. (2018, January 22). Post Lac-Megantic, bureaucracy and safety remain at odds. Montreal Gazette. https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-post-lac-megantic-bureaucracy-and-safety-remain-at-odds Questions: 2. Who or what should have been on trial for the Lac-Megantic Disaster? Defend your response from a business ethic’s point-of-view. Case Analysis Guidelines Make sure you include an introduction in your document. This should provide a brief overview of the situation. Your case study analysis should be 3,000 words, excluding graphs, figures, references, and appendices. You must follow the APA style throughout for all citations and the References page. Please note that since this is a relatively short case, and not a report, there is no need for an Executive Summary. *** It is very important to reference some from the textbook "Canadian Business and Society by Robert Sexty if possible. **Additionally, some of the course content that has been covered on ethics is as follows: Please try to tie some of it in to the paper. eight fundamentals of capitalism four perspectives of Wicks The Olander stakeholder impact analysis public policy implications and business lobbying endowments and ethics for sale? dynamic stakeholder analysis globalization and sustainability, CSR, and ethical considerations We have provided two questions to help you focus the analysis in your case. **As you develop the case, consider the perspective of those injured in the crash. There are several individuals or groups that could theoretically be brought to trial as a result of this crash. Identify three such stakeholders or groups and describe why they are complicit in the crash and where the ethical failure occured. (these are the "options" that you would identify under a case-based analysis). Based on this analysis, identify the stakeholder group you feel is most liable (this is the option you are choosing upon which to complete your analysis). After you have done this, craft a list of specific recommendations that you would make to this group (option) to help them avoid such risks in the future. Then prepare a brief implementation plan. There are as many ways to write a case as there are individuals analysing them. One thing we don’t want to see is that you simply answer the questions, with no "case analysis" component in your document. To give you some guidance that will ensure you answer the questions while also providing a good analysis, I have provided a sample structure that you can follow. This is not the only way to write your case – but do make sure you have included the items I identify here. Introduction – Provide a quick overview of what the case is about, the purpose of your document, and how you will approach it. This should be no more than two paragraphs. Background – What happened as a result of the event(s)? Here you will describe in general the ethical issues and consequences, as well as the stakeholder group responsible for each. Don’t just describe the case (this is a mistake many people make – they spend too much time describing the case and not enough time actually analysing it). Make sure you are describing issues in the context of ethical decision-making. You should relate the chain of ethical failures in this tragedy to such business concepts as capitalism, economics, perceptions of value, strategy, sustainability, social license, social responsibility, etc. This is a general section that allows us to see how you have diagnosed some of the foundations of ethical failures. Options for Prosecution – Identify three stakeholders or groups and describe more specifically why they are complicit in the crash and where the ethical failure occurred. (these are the "options" that you would identify under a case-based analysis). Most Liable Option – Identify the stakeholder you believe is most at fault. Describe why, providing some NEW information to supplement your earlier analysis (don’t simply repeat observations from earlier sections of your paper). Recommendations Craft a list of specific recommendations that you would make to this group (the most liable option) to help them avoid such risks in the future. Keep in mind that "Develop a CSR plan" is not a recommendation; it is far too general. Put yourself in the role of a consultant for this section – what specific action items could you suggest to help them make a meaningful change? Then prepare a brief implementation plan – this could be in the form of a table or graph. Conclusion There is an excellent review of how to write a good conclusion here – I strongly recommend you take a look. https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/conclusions/ I would add one thing, and that is that you include a sentence or two about the limitations of your particular approach to this case analysis. Again, in addition to doing some research and citing your references, make sure you spend time on proof reading, grammar, sentence structure, and clarity. Treat this as though it were a report being handed in to your own manager – you would want to ensure that it is professional, credible and easy to read. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to write well – it is becoming a rare communication skill that can really set you apart. I hope this helps. Marking is as follows to help with Course content and layout: Criterion A to A+ (90-100) Completeness 10 10 marks maximum Reflects all requirements (i.e. answers all questions, includes intro, conclusion, limitations etc) Understanding 18-20 20 marks maximum Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of topic and issues. Integration of course concepts to date 18-20 20 marks maximum Makes meaningful connections between the issues identified and strategic concepts in the readings. Demonstrates complete command of the strategic concepts and analytical tools studied. Supports diagnosis and opinions with strong arguments and evidence; presents a balanced and critical view; interpretation is both reasonable and objective. Presents detailed, and appropriate recommendations clearly supported by research and readings. Supplements case study with relevant and extensive research. Recommendations and analysis 27-30 30 marks maximum Presents an insightful and thorough analysis of all issues. Writing, grammar, and references 18-20 20 marks maximum Writing is well-organized, clear, concise and correct; includes thorough details and relevant data. Uses APA referencing guidelines accurately and consistently. Integrates at least 6 new academic references.
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