The students should be given the right to education. Thus, whether they should be sued for their involvement in the purchasing of textbooks or not is an obvious ethical dilemma. Moreover, social norms have taught us to help people who are in need in the society. Therefore, suing the three professors for offering the students an accessibility breakthrough to the textbooks is an ethical dilemma. Finally, as the CEO of Eastlane company, I understand that the books are not affordable to all the students. Thus, giving the approval to sue the students, their three professors, and their institution is an ethical dilemma (Hoggett et al., 2009).
The rational solutions to the dilemmas will mostly affect different stakeholders in particular ways. First, the company’s shareholders will have to adjust the price of the textbooks. Second, the professors will have to revisit and understand the legal implications of their actions. Third, the company’s shareholders will have to reconsider the student’s right to education before arriving at the most amicable solution. Fourth, the management team will have to reverse their decision of initiating a lawsuit. Finally, the solution will improve the accessibility of the textbooks to students from all social backgrounds (Hoggett et al., 2009).
An alternative solution of proceeding with the lawsuit will deny the students their right to education. Also, the solution will show that the company does not have moral obligations to the society. Most importantly, the suggestions can trigger other authors and publishers to come up with alternative textbooks that are relatively cheap. Nonetheless, the most reasonable decision will be to warn the students, their three professors and their institution by finning them rather than initiating subjecting them to a lawsuit. That decision will not only trigger an appreciation of the company in the society; it will also create the most amicable business platform that will be rational to all concerned stakeholders. Moreover, the decision will provide a significant platform for setting strategies for resolving future conflicts in the company. Finally, it will enlighten the shareholders’ techniques of maintaining their customers by putting their desires first at all times (Hoggett et al., 2009).
- Hoggett, Paul, Marjorie Mayo, and Chris Miller. The Dilemmas of Development Work: Ethical Challenges in Regeneration. Bristol: Policy, 2009. Print.