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© 2005 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland BMGT 364: Management and Organization Theory Business Ethics
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© 2005 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Why do good, honest people end up making unethical decisions? “I think that good people make unethical decisions because society and the business world put so much emphasis on making money and getting ahead. When that becomes employees’ main focus, they often overlook their own morals and others’ feelings to get ahead”
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© 2005 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Why do good, honest people end up making unethical decisions? “Good people make unethical decisions in order to ensure their security; save their job, family or to avoid cut-throat competition. It is often a measure taken as last resort, but can often be encouraged by one’s surroundings. Some individuals may not even perceive their actions as unethical due to what they were taught or how their working environment encourages success”.
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© 2005 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Why do good, honest people end up making unethical decisions? “Good, honest, people often make unethical decisions based upon the culture of the company in which they live in. Often judgments are warped due to the chance of greater self-advancement and promotion in riches or to achieve a collective goal as a company or a group. Many times people don’t go looking to perform unethical decisions, actions or deeds, however, if the situation presents itself, often the situation is taken advantage of”.
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© 2005 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Ethics Most employees value ethical decision making and behavior, and attempt to be ethical. However, psychological processes at times lead employees to engage in questionable behaviors that are inconsistent with our own values and beliefs. It is common to fail to recognize or act on information when dealing with ethically relevant decisions. Strong tendency to ignore unethical behavior when ethics erode slowly over time. Tendency to value outcomes over processes which can result in accepting unethical processes for far too long Most assessments of unethical behavior happen only after the unethical behavior has resulted in a bad outcome, but not during the decision process
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