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Business Ethics 1COMPARATIVE BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYStudent’s NameCourse nameProfessor’s NameInstitutionCity, StateDate
Business Ethics 2Comparative Business Ethics and Social ResponsibilityPart 1People often have a perception of being completely ethical and having sufficient integrity that drives them through difficult situations. In some cases, this might be true. However, in most cases, this is untrue as ethical principles are often clouded with situational occurrences. Personally, I believe I have proper ethical beliefs that can only be altered through factual reasoning. In addition, I have character and integrity that guides me through difficult moral choices. Nevertheless, I am not justified to claim that my ethical principles guide me in every situation since my judgment is often clouded with outcome. According to Gino, we often lie and cheat in many situations, but find it difficult to accept (Gino 2013). Why do we lie yet we have ethical principles? Most people have high regard of their perception in society and they often like to maintain a positive image of themselves and to fit in the group. Arguably, it is important to note that behavioral ethics are impulsive and are often applied according to the type of situation (Cremer 2012). There are many factors that affect ethical behaviors directly or indirectly. For instance, religiosity has a lesser effect on ethical behaviors than most people think. Faith and reason are different aspects. Application of ethical principles is based on reason. Consequently, religiosity does not have a great impact on ethical behavior. Regardless of people’s roles in religious settings, ethical behaviors are independent of religion (Bazerman 2011). This explains why most acts are considered ethical by people from different religious settings and with different beliefs. For instance, a priest may make donations for charity as that is an ethical act according to the Christian doctrines. Similarly, a pagan may make the same donations due to his moral beliefs.
Business Ethics 3I have made mistakes that I consider unethical. I cheated in examinations in high school in spite of the warnings that were previously issued and the ethical principles and integrity I had. I did this simply because I wanted to get best results in my final year and the pressure from my parents. As mentioned earlier, people frequently go against their ethical principles due to situational occurrences and fear of the outcome. This explains my conduct.