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improve writing and communication skills

Case Study 1 Spring 2022

Spring 2022

Case Study No. 1


Project Start Date: Monday, 01/17/22
Due Date: Sunday, 01/30/22 at 11:59 pm (EST)
Submissions: Submit either a .doc file or a .docx file via the Canvas assignment. Late submissions lose 10% daily up to 3 days. Submissions after 3 days receive zero points.





1. Read and watch the case study 1 on Canvas.

2. Answer the three Case Study 1 questions.

3. Submit assignment document with proper formatting on Canvas.



  0 Points (No Credit) 1-9 (Partial Credit) 10 Points (Full Credit) Total Possible Points
Formatting and Submission The file not successfully submitted via the Canvas assignment by the due date per instructions. File is submitted on time with misspellings, grammar, and punctuation errors, poor formatting/not following the guidelines.


File is submitted on time and formatted per the instructions, is free of misspellings, grammar, and punctuation errors. 20
Responses to Questions (3) Paper includes any amount of plagiarized content. (Content copied from any source cannot be used without proper citations and will be investigated as per Penn State’s academic integrity policies.) Responses do not fully answer the question, fail to draw on course content, do not draw on real life examples, and/or do not show elements of critical thinking. Responses fully answer the question, incorporates course content, links concepts to real life examples, and shows elements of critical thinking. 30 (10 ea)





Penn State provides many resources to help students improve their writing and communication skills. Please refer to Canvas MODULES>HELP & SUPPORT and click on the page: “Writing Resources for Students.”






1. File Type : typed, electronic document must be either .doc or .docx. Please DO NOT submit PDF files or PAGE files.

2. File Name: Name your file using the following format: Last name First name Case Study 1. Example: File Name: Smith Mary Case Study 1.docx

3. Spacing: single-spaced

4. Margins: Use 1” margins on all 4 sides.

5. Font Size/Type: 12-point font; Calibri or Times New Roman

6. Title (Bold): “Case Study No. 1 – Spring 2022”

7. Student Name (Bold): Your full name should appear at the top of page right below the title. Please use the name as it is listed in Canvas.

8. Academic Integrity Pledge: Centered and replace [student name] with your name.

9. Questions (Bold): Bold the questions for all three questions

10. Grammar, Spelling, and Attention to Detail : Points will be deducted for misspellings, grammar, and punctuation errors, poor formatting/not following the guidelines. Please proofread your document carefully.

11. Submission Method: Submit your file via the Canvas Case Study 1 assignment by the deadline of Friday, 01/30/2022 at 11:59pm EST.

· DO NOT wait until the last minute to submit your project as Canvas closes automatically at 11:59 p.m. Plan to upload your project at least 30 minutes prior to the deadline.

· DO NOT paste your project in the Canvas comments or your project will receive a zero.

· DO NOT send your project to the Teaching Assistants (TAs) or the Professor.






The outline provided below is offered as a guide to help you organize your project and can be copied/pasted into a new document to start your paper.


Note: The spacing shown below is not intended to indicate how much or how little information you should include in each section). Adjust the sections to fit your own content and expand the outline as needed to result in a final paper length of 1 – 2 pages (approximately 100 to 200 words per question). To receive full credit be sure to answer each question fully, drawing on course concepts and real life examples in your responses.


Case Study 1 – Spring 2022

Your Name (as it appears in Canvas)


Academic Integrity Pledge “I [student name] affirm that I have not and will not give or receive, nor have I witnessed unauthorized aid on this deliverable, and I have completed this work honestly and according to the professor’s guidelines.”



Question 1: Using the definitions of responsible leadership and behaviors of responsible leaders that we discussed in the course so far, in what ways did Allan McDonald act responsibly in this case?








Question 2: Using the models of ethical management concepts from week 2 as a guide (Moral, Immoral, Amoral), describe the decisions made by Morton Thiokol and NASA leaders to decide to go through with the Challenger launch.









Question 3: Using concepts from the course thus far about influences on unethical behaviors in organizations (week 2), what led Morton Thiokol and NASA engineers and leadership to behave unethically? How did Alan McDonald and others who refused to approve the launch overcome pressures to behave unethically?

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