Liftoff: An Ethical Dilemma

Hooker, John
August 2007
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug2007, Vol. 20 Issue 8, p18
Academic Journal
The article discusses ethical circumstances surrounding the ill-fated flight of the U.S. space shuttle "Challenger" in January of 1986. According to a 1989 article in the "Journal of Business Ethics," the decision to launch was made despite the apparent engineering concerns of some. Carnegie Mellon University Professor John Hooker's analysis of the situation identifies a distinction between "professional ethics" and "ethics for professionals." The former relates to expectations within a profession, while the latter deals with ethical reasoning. Both are essential.


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