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Where Do You Draw the Line?

Purpose: To gather an assortment of judgments by the participants about the behavior of other persons and to use those judgments as data for examining both the “is” and the “should be”. 


Overview:  Five groups of participants make ethical judgments about the behavior of people described in a variety of situations.  In addition to indicating their own opinion, each group also indicates how it believes most businesspersons and most members of the general public would respond to the same situations. 


Reflection: Once the groups’ responses have been recorded, the pattern created by the responses of the groups is analyzed and discussed.  The discussion is directed toward discovering the assumptions that were used by the groups to make their judgments and then the implications of those assumptions.