Discuss about the Thomas White Methodology.
That Courtney, being an ambitious person, has been undertaking further studies with support from her manager Michael; she works for a small software development company. Courtney develops an application to enhance accessibility to rural communities, tailored for aborigines, and takes care not to use images that may offend the Aboriginal communities. The interface is lauded for contributing to positive ICT use by Aboriginal communities; Courtney gets the employee of the month award, and the company is also recognized nationally; however, Michael takes all the credit, with Courtney not given any recognition. Using the Thomas White Methodology where the consequences will be analyzed (Rajpoot, 2011)in the context of the relevant ACS codes also delved into
The Thomas White Methodology
Analysis of the Consequences
It is a reality and common occurrence for the boss to take credit for the work done by their juniors; however, it is not ethical, especially in cases where the concerned superiors know the person responsible for the work. Courtney especially knows that was wholly her work, which formed part of her academic and professional development. Below are the possible scenarios and their consequences;
- Courtney can choose to play along, being grateful that at least Michael supported her studies and project and live with the knowledge that someone else was recognized for her work; it is possible this recognition could have been her greatest professional break
- She can raise the issue with the management behind Michael’s back, and open a Pandora’s box; however, she could be victimized by Michael and have her career at the firm jeopardized
- She can approach Michael and ask him to acknowledge that she did the work and Michael was just receiving the recognition on behalf of the company; Michael might not play along and leave Courtney vulnerable to victimization
- Courtney can also approach the Association and make it clear that she did the work and so should be recognized and not Michael; however, the reputation of the company, that of Michael, and even her could be tarnished as well
- Courtney can also approach Michael in confidence and state her case politely and ask Michael to also give her credit as part of her professional development and in recognition of the ACS codes
Analysis of the Actions
Before deciding on the actions to take, the relevant ACS Codes are discussed to help inform the actions to take
ACS Code of Ethics
The primacy of public interest
The ACS code states that all ICT professionals must place public interest above those of business, personal, or sectional interests.
Michael is obliged by the society to enhance his professional development, and also importantly, to enhance the professional development of colleagues and staff (Courtney)
Michael, the software organization, and Courtney are obliged under this code to enhance the integrity of the Computer Society and to respect its members, while also respecting each other ('Australia Computer Society,', n.d.).
The ACS Code of Professional Conduct
- All professionals must endeavor to preserve the integrity, continuity, security, and utility of ICT.
- All practitioners must take into consideration that her profession traverses many other professions and has implications for other social organizations and systems ('Australian Computer Society,', 2014).
- Stakeholders must be advised of any conscientious objection or conflict of interest that one may have; so Michael and the organization must advise the Society and the public that Courtney is actually the developer and should take credit and recognition
- The intellectual property of others must be respected; the facts show that Michael is in the wrong and has violated this code of the ACS Code of Professional Conduct
- Members are obliged to encourage their colleagues, students, and employees to continue their own professional development
Based on the ACS code, this is what ought to happen
- Have Courtney raise the issue politely and professionally with Michael
- She should argue based on the ACS code, while acknowledging Michael’s support for her
- She then asks a senior person or mentor at the organization to mediate and impart the importance of professionalism so Michael can have Courtney also recognized as the originator of the idea
Michael should acknowledge that the interface was developed by Courtney and have the company and the Association to instead, or at least also recognize Courtney for her good work. Courtney should stand her ground because it is the right thing to do
This paper concludes that the Courtney issue can be resolved amicably following the Thomas White methodology in the context of the ACS codes of conduct and professional ethics in an amicable and agreeable manner
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