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DePaul Minicases

The world economy is at an inflection point. Some thinkers say that we are in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are living and working in a world that is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.

As a result, questions like, “What are our rights and ethical duties in such a “blurred” world?” are being raised in the classroom and the boardroom.

The institute creates DePaul minicases so that instructors can engage students in current affairs while considering these dilemmas and giving them some buy-in about why these issues matter. The minicases also help employers train employees to move beyond high-level decision making to identify ethical dilemmas that pop up in everyday experiences at work. DePaul minicases include case notes designed to help facilitators deal with both the ethical and legal nuances.

Why DePaul minicases?

We create case studies from a moral compass that can be applied in any field of study or business industry, from the undergraduate level to leaders-in-training. DePaul minicases aim to address cutting edge and timely issues the current workforce is facing today and in the future that threaten not just privacy, but the future of work (e.g., facial recognition software, workplace privacy, paternity leave).

Unlike other case studies, ours are concise and give recipients real-life perspective from industry professionals and provide information that is relevant to what employees, employers and business owners will face in the future workforce.

Why Now?

Generation Z individuals will make up one-fifth of the U.S. labor force by 2025. Accustomed to acting informally as young employees, these individuals need to adapt to life and constraints within a corporation. Generation Z and millennial students have a new way of learning, and learning tools need to adapt to the new student. The minicases address the socialization process in short cases crafted in easy-to-understand language —e.g., should you as an employee buy marijuana while on a business trip?

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