Organization Management Journal


This experiential exercise, designed for our introductory business course, uses a classroom debate to teach the concepts of stakeholders, social obligation/social responsibility, and ethical frameworks for decision-making. The basis for the debate is the request by Weaver’s Cove Energy to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Fall River, Massachusetts. Weaver’s Cove has proposed the facility for an abandoned industrial site on the waterfront. The exercise addresses the three learning goals listed above through readings, position construction, and the debate itself. The rationale for the assignment and the chosen pedagogy are presented. Additionally, the materials used to conduct the exercise are provided. Preparation and procedures for instructors are discussed. Because it is an ongoing issue, updated materials are easily obtained and can be adapted for a variety of locations as proposals are being made for these plants on both the East and West coasts under the federal energy policy guidelines.