This ethical decision-making framework developed by Dr. Michael Davis of the Illinois Institute of Technology is useful in guiding discussions around case studies and other ethics courses and workshop activities.
Seven Step Method for Ethical Decision Making
What is the main issue at stake in this case?
At this step it is important to address the non-ethical issues raised within the case. For example, one may need to know the legal constraints of the decision, technical aspects that loom large, or other issues. Since it is impossible to include all facts in a case-study, frequently you will have to make assumptions based on the information you do have.
At this step, all stakeholders in the decision should be identified. As with Step 1, think broadly and generate a list of all possible individuals, groups, or entities (e.g. the environment) that will be affected by the decisions to be made.
(be imaginative, try to avoid “dilemma” - not “yes” or ”no”but who to go to, what to say).
Did you solve the problem with which you began?
Adapted from Michael Davis, Ethics and the University (Routledge, London, 1999) pp. 166-67.