GEC Scenario #43G: Finishing Design

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Your engineering team is finishing design of a new electronic component that will be marketed to manufacturers of precision machine tools, particularly in Germany. A controversy has erupted over whether this new component should include some advanced features that have not yet been fully tested and are not of immediate use to your clients. Some of your colleagues argue that the new features could bolster your firm’s reputation for innovation and extend the longevity of the product line. What would you do?

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Citation: Jesiek, B. K. and Woo, S. E. (Eds.). (2018).GEC Scenario #43G: Finishing Design. Retrieved from

License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1160455 and 1254323. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We also acknowledge support for this work from Purdue's Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR).