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The Second Edition of Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices, by Dr. Steve May, integrates ethical theory and practice to help strengthen readers’ awareness, judgment, and action in organizations by exploring ethical dilemmas in a diverse range of well-known business cases.

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Challenges in Ethical Decision Making
The deepwater horizon disaster: Challenges in ethical decision making
Elaine M.Brown

This case explores the complexities involved in ethical decision making in organizations. Using the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill as an example, the case suggests that complex interorganizational structures involved with oil drilling make accountability complicated. In such an environment, decision makers must consider a range of tensions, including people versus profits and short- versus long-term benefits in order to account for multiple decisions points and diverse stakeholders.

We are committed to the safety and development of our people and the communities and societies in which we operate. We aim for no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment.

—BP (2009)

In Revelations it says the ...

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