A woman was near
death from a rare kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought
might save her. The drug was expensive to make ($20,000 per dose), but the
druggist was charging ten times that ($200,000 per dose!). The sick woman’s
husband, Jimmy, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only
get together about $35,000, which was still more than the cost of the drug. He
told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or
let him pay later. But the druggist said: “No, I discovered the drug and I’m
going to make money from it.” So Jimmy got desperate and broke into the man’s
laboratory and stole the drug for his wife.
1. Describing and defining emotional
2. Evaluating the role of morals in
organizational leadership (what are they; are they important; how do they
Responding to the Story by:
1. Stating whether you believe Jimmy should or
should not have stolen the drug.
2. Justifying your response with at least three
3. Describing three reasons why the other
perspective would be preferred (that is, if you said Jimmy should have stolen
the drug, provide three reasons why he should not have; if you said Jimmy
should not have stolen the drug, provide three reasons why he should have).
4. Creating two alternative solutions to the
problem that might satisfy the needs of all parties.
5. Explaining what you think this moral challenge
has to do with organizational leadership.