After reviewing the Hawthorne Studies video, for this week’s Class Discussion, what, if any, has been your experience with the Hawthorne effect on a job?

I can’t say I’ve experienced the Hawthorne effect within a job setting because the work I get paid for is not supervised. However, I have definitely experienced the Hawthorne effect in the realm of sports. At the start of preseason for Men’s Basketball, we would have player-only open gyms because our head coach had not arrived into town yet. In these open gyms, I was not concerned in the slightest about my shot selection. Additionally, I would take it easy on defense for a couple plays here and there. However, once our new head coach came in I was very selective with my shots (making sure I was taking quality shots) and upped  my defense to an intensity no one could match. This behavior was encouraged by the fact that I knew our head coach was watching and I wanted to make sure I impressed him.

1) Describe a supervisor who inspired and motivated you — what were their characteristics or actions that made such a positive impact?

A supervisor who inspired and motivated me dates back to when I was in high school working as a busser at Amazing Jakes. James, the name of my supervisor, was one of the most upbeat and energetic individuals I have ever met. He never seemed to have a bad day and would make light out of any situation, no matter how bad it was. His ability to be so optimistic and encouraging regardless of the circumstance inspired me to be the same way, not only in the workplace but also in everyday life.





  1. Research and find an alternative/opposing point of view to Climate Change as proposed in the Introduction.


Despite all the negatives associated with global warming, there is research out there that also show the benefits for climate change. Some examples of benefits that can are reaped from climate change include improved growing seasons and accelerated forest growth (Pomeroy).


  1. What obligations do we have to future generations?

As civilians, I believe it is our obligation and duty to strive for corrective actions to prevent drastic climate change. Global warming and climate change are big issues that we need to create more awareness to gain more attention and concern among the public. Our bad habits as human beings are the primary cause for such drastic climate change over the past decades. We need to start creating awareness and fixing bad habits before it’s too late.


  1. Does Nature have value in itself?


Yes, nature for sure has value in itself. This why it is so important to monitor and preserve natural resources that are necessary for survival. Without nature, we would seize to exist.

  1. Who Should pay the cost for protecting the environment?


I believe that those who are the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change should be the ones held most accountable. However in the end, it’s on all of us as a society. Not only do we need to make smarter decisions to sustain life on Earth, we also need to create awareness for climate change and make it a priority.



M6- Easaw

In 2015, one of Japan’s oldest and most established corporations admitted to overstating its profits by nearly $2 billion dollars over the past 7 years (Addady 2015). According to CNN’s Andrew Stevens, investigators claimed that the corporate culture which existed at Toshiba discouraged and intimidated employees from going against the bosses will. As a result, employees were reluctant to speak or act out against the CEO’s inflating its earnings to reach ambitious targets. When this scandal was revealed to the public, billions of dollars were wiped off the share price. Additionally, Toshiba’s reputation took a major hit.




M2 – Easaw

Throughout my life, I have observed some of the normative theories that were covered in our chapter 2 readings. However, the theory illustrated in chapter 2 that I resonate with the most would be Kant’s theory.

According to the text, the principles of Kant’s theory are reliant n good will and categorical imperative. Kant’s theory originated from a German philosopher named Immanuel Kant who believed the experiences a person goes through in their lifetime is influential on the ethical position a person develops.

In my sophomore year of high school, a classmate of mine got the answers to an upcoming exam and was willing to share the answers with many people in the class, including myself. However, my life experiences and lessons up to that point in my life had taught me that cheating is morally wrong. Although many of my classmates used the answers and didn’t get caught, I elected not to use the answers. Instead, I decided to study hard for the exam because I knew that was the right/moral/ethical thing to do. As a result, the exam score I got back was much more fulfilling and satisfying because I knew I had earned my score with honor and hard work.

M1- Easaw

I believe that they are a multitude of factors that help influence and shape a person’s ethical development. In general, ethics pertain to moral principles that govern a person’s behavior. For most individuals (myself included), ethical behavior and development is shaped at a young age during childhood upbringing. Whether we recognize or not, children learn from their parents actions & attitudes and as a result often exhibit the same behavior. Although childhood upbringing is the most predominant factor in the ethics an individual develops, other factors such as life experiences and religion play a big factor as well.

For myself personally, religion played a huge role in shaping my ethical behavior. I was exposed to religion at a very young age and grew up in a culture where Christianity was highly valued. Due to this early and constant exposure, I began to adopt values and beliefs that are practiced in Christianity.

Furthermore, our ethical development is still influenced as we grow older and go through life altering experiences, meet new people that are different from us, and travel to unfamiliar places.

In all, our ethical position is always changing and adapting to our environment and by those we love and surround ourselves with.