In this scenario an employee objects to working on a federally-sponsored corporate project to develop parts for use in a new weapon. Interviews with employees in various companies reveal a diversity of responses to this problem.
I sent the following scenario to each person on the list of interviewees, and each person was able to refer to it during the interview:
Employee Q works at Corporation X, a widely known manufacturer of commercial products. Word has just come down from management that Employee Q is to receive a new assignment designing high performance ultrawidgets. The design project is funded by the military; the new ultrawidget is to become an essential component in a new weapon. Employee Q is extremely uncomfortable with this project, and wishes to be reassigned to a different project within the company.
I asked these questions of all the people I interviewed. Some interviewees confined themselves to direct answers to the questions, while others elaborated on some points at length.
Francisco Juan Donez, MIT