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Professional Selling Research Paper Summary and Critique

Reginald G. Walker, J r.
November 28, 2012
Professional Selling
Dr. J iayun Wu

The Commission Game: An Ethics Activity for
Professional Selling Courses
By: Chad Milewicz

Reginald G. Walker, J r.
November 28, 2012
Professional Selling
Dr. J . Wu

Professional Selling Research Paper Summary and Critique
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The Commission Game: An Ethics Activity for
Professional Selling Courses
By: Chad Milewicz

Overall, this scholarly journal article was a phenomenal and interesting piece which
captivated my attention. However, with every article, there were bits and pieces that I thought
were strengths and weaknesses. To summarize the article, Mr. Chad Milewicz encouraged a
game in which he researched and saw was effective for marketing students looking to work in
the marketing field that allows for marketing students to make an ethical decision out of two (one
being more commission profitability for themselves [also called RED] and one being more
towards customer satisfaction which was more profitability for the company [also called BLUE].
To describe the game very briefly; its an experiment-based learning commission game which
entails whether you would place yourself above the company based upon your morals and
beliefs. I wish that we could have somehow implemented and played this game in my
Professional Selling course. The game really allowed for students to think about their own
personal code of ethics and morals because different students have different ideas and different
morals that they go by so it was pretty interesting seeing how the experiment will actually go.
Before looking at the statistics given in the article, you would probably think that most students
would go with the BLUE product since it seemed like the ideal way to go during this particular
activity; however, a lot of students went with the RED product, I would guess with more
commission, your family and self-morals will come into play.
Some strengths that I identified were---the purpose of the overall activity; I enjoyed how
it allowed students to be put in a real-world scenario to make their own decisions without the
boss (professors) assistance, I also thought that the highly detailed statistics, tables and figures
were good for me to understand precisely what was needed to construct and play this game so if I

wanted to do it I could, and another strength would be the overall article to encourage ethical
decision making for prospective and potential employees which will make life much easier for
employers and companies. One weakness that I identified was accuracy. In my opinion, it would
be very difficult to depict accuracy from the responses of students because some students could
follow the footsteps of other students which would make statistics inaccurate. This would be a
complete tragedy and failure because it would cause for students not to use their own morals,
values and individuality. On the other hand, the concepts and knowledge displayed in this article
definitely relates to this Professional Selling course because it is a Professional Selling activity
and it allows for students to utilize morality to sell a product to a professional or in a professional
setting. All in all, this was a great article and a game like this should be played in every
Professional Selling course.