Appendix 2 An extensive memorandum (dated May 8, 1951) was prepared for the
group discussions. This memorandum was used in the organization of
the discussion groups, and furnished to the organizer, the leader, and
all the members of each group.It was intended, first, to explain briefly the purposes of the whole study
of which the group discussion project was a major part and to sketch
briefly the methods to be used; then, more fully, to describe the plan
proposed for the group discussions.The plan as described in the memorandum included (1) suggestions as
to the membership of the several types of discussion group contemplated;
(2) suggestions as to organization, meetings, and reports; and (3) suggestions, in ample detail, of questions relevant to the purpose of the
project. It was not expected that all the questions would be covered in
the discussions of each group; but actually most of the groups gave
serious consideration to some phases of all the eight major topics -- the
time and the emphasis and the outcomes varying, as the quotations from
the reports in the preceding chapters have indicated.The memorandum as sent to the discussion groups, with the multitude
of questions it includes on the relation of ethics to economic life, is
reproduced on the following pages. It is hoped that other groups may
find among these questions useful material for their own discussions, as
in the reports they may find evidence of the value of such use of the discussion process in a democratic society.
The Discussion Groups
PURPOSES OF THE STUDY
|1. ||To examine and describe the incentives and aims which motivate
people to work at a particular occupation, business, or profession. To
find out what this work means to the individual, especially its relation
to personal status and security.|
|2. ||To find out what moral standards people use in their work.|
|3. ||To find out the kind of moral problems and emotional conflicts
which people face in their work. The problems and conflicts which arise
from attempts to use moral standards in which the person believes are
of special interest.|
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Book title: The American Economy-Attitudes and Opinions.
Contributors: A. Dudley Ward - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1955.
Page number: 182.
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