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Brad Almond

Layoff dilemma at Southern Land-Grant University

The critical incident described in this case presents the learner with a difficult layoff decision that typically leads to different outcomes depending on which ethical framework is employed to guide the decision. The setting for this incident in a university, but familiarity with higher education, while potentially helpful, is not necessary. The scenario presented is general enough to allow applicability to any organization. This critical incident is suitable for undergraduate or graduate courses in ethics, management, or leadership.