Essays on Understanding of Kantianism Case Study

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The paper 'Understanding of Kantianism' is a wonderful example of a Management Case Study. I can describe myself as a person who values fairness, honesty, and tolerance for other people’ s views and ideas. These qualities have enabled me to interact amicably with others and learn from them. I can say that I have adopted the human dimension of learning in my interactions with others because I am always eager to learn good deeds from other people, to have a better understanding of others, and to control my emotions. The human dimension of learning gives priority to intrapersonal learning and interpersonal learning (Barkley & Major 2016, p.

271). According to Barlow (2013, p. 118), intrapersonal learning involves learning about oneself while interpersonal learning involves learning among peers or learning about others. As such, based on the human dimension of learning, I always ask myself what I can learn about myself as an individual functioning within a social world, and what I can learn about interacting with other people that I meet now or in the future, as stated by Barkley and Major (2016, p.

262). What is important is that I have realized that I can achieve what I want to, and I am always happy when I successfully complete what I am doing. Although I like learning, “ sometimes I get timid when I need to try new things” as noted in my week 4 tutorial submission. However, I would like to overcome this weakness by being confident to try new things and learning from both success and failure. Ultimately, I believe that the knowledge and experience that I have gained through education and interactions with others will help me to achieve my career ambitions.

My ambition is to help the society through my contributions that will demonstrate the values that I hold – that is, fairness, honesty, and tolerance. Answers to questions What did VW do? VW cheated regarding its diesel vehicles’ emission levels. In a real sense, the vehicles were producing more emissions than what the company had declared or the emission levels that are permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States (Hotten 2015). How did VW do it? The company installed a “ defeat device” or software in its diesel-powered vehicles that could detect when the vehicles were being tested and adjust the level of engine performance accordingly (Hotten 2015).

According to EPA, VW engines had computer software that could detect test conditions of the vehicle, that is operating while on a stationary rig, and reduce the performance and normal power of the vehicle. While in real driving conditions, the software could switch off the test mode, causing the engine to produce its actual power, resulting in a higher emission level than that detected during tests (Hotten 2015). What differed from the expected? It would normally be expected that the results of emission testing would be the same whether the vehicle is being tested on the road or on a stationary test rig in the laboratory.

The emissions would be required to be within the levels stipulated by EPA. However, because of VW’ s “ defeat device” , the company’ s diesel vehicles would produce low emissions in test conditions but produce very high emissions while on the road (as high as 40 times more than the level that is permitted in the United States) (Hotten 2015).

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