What would you do?

1. I would prefer to be known as more of a person with modest means and impeccable ethical character rather than an unscrupulous person of wealth. Someone who finds more importance on ethics rather than wealth should maintain a high level of values, morals, integrity, and character. Someone who places a greater value on ethics will form bonds with everyone they do business with by having a higher level of trust, improved morale, and greater loyalty.

2. In my opinion, laws do not always provide a complete framework for ethical behavior. Law are a very necessary series of rules and regulations that protect people from blatant and despicable atrocities. I feel that ethics are an even more supreme form of laws we should live by. Just because something is illegal, does not make it unethical. For example, stealing a bit of food to feed a starving family. That example is very much illegal but is it unethical? Laws that are legal can also be unethical. In our past there has been may laws that a person of strong and ethical moral fiber would find repulsive. To name few -  slavery, segregation, or apartheid. 

 

 

 

 

Cases

1.      Whistle-Blower Claims Accounting Shenanigans at SuccessFactors

 

1.       I do not feel anyone was hurt by their poor accounting practices. SAP did an investigation and found no claims were warranted. The Security Exchange Commission already had the company on their radar and if anything illegal, not just ‘a material weakness,’ in their accounting practices, there would have likely been charges filed as a result.

2.       I believe management should encourage the reporting of non-GAAP financial statements that are useful to investors. Potential investors should be notified of all relevant information regarding the company’s financial position and standing.

3.       There are a number of measures that could be implemented to ensure the proper accounting of multiyear contracts. There could be external audits, internal checking from someone in a management role, or checklists to makes sure proper procedures are followed.

 

 

 

3.      When Certification is Justified

 

1.       Organizations and vendors and introduce assignments and objectives that require the examinee to answer and solve real-world IT problems and scenarios. This will ensure a greater level of understanding and knowledge of the required material and show if the user is competent. This will provide more detail than a standard multi-choice question can provide.

2.       One of the primary arguments against certifications is that they are nothing but a money making scheme by the vendors to pilfer money. The way I would have this changed would be to have the vendors offer their certifications for free.  

3.       The primary benefit of certifications is to prove that the person doing the task is qualified and knowledgeable. I feel that certifications programs will have to adopt a more flexible testing approach rather than the standard book knowledge tests currently. The incorporation of hands on exercises and activities would demonstrate the examinees true abilities.