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Final Exam PHIL-240 January 14, 2008 Final Exam
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Final Exam PHIL-240 Final Exam Question Describe, identify and personally assess the importance of ethics and morality to the world of business and human society at large. Use your own business experiences/company. Take an ethical issue your organization is/has/may face and apply two different ethical systems to that issue showing how the issue might play out in the organization differently. Bring in your own opinion only after dealing with the two theories. Final Exam Ethics and morality play a critical part to a person’s success when entering the business world. It seems one of the first things you must do before you enter the workforce is to learn the ethical environment of where you're at, learn the code of conduct and the policies. Different companies have different tolerance levels of what they will and won't accept and different apparent understandings of what is perceived to be an unethical business practice. Understanding the implications associated with going through any given 2
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PHIL-240 set of business doors, knowing the business, knowing the rules, and knowing the culture will help guide a person into making a better ethical choice. A person entering the business world must know the work culture and what the rules are and they must remember they may have to defend their decisions someday in the court of public opinion, or worse yet, a criminal court. Most businesses take ethics seriously since it affects not only the company's image, but its customers as well. If people don't trust a business or they think that a business is unethical in any respect, then they’re not going to want to do business. After the scandals at Enron and WorldCom, business ethics seem to be conflicting. Lapses in ethical judgment like these can hurt a person's or businesses reputation forever. It takes years to build a good reputation, and it takes seconds to destroy it. These examples make it all the more viable to teach business ethics, since they are crucial when students enter the workforce. Students entering the work force need courage. Ethical dilemmas in the workplace could include accepting gifts, choosing family members for contracts and choosing family members for promotions. Ethical courage is important for students, employees and family members to have in making the right choices in an ethical dilemma or a choice between two or more rights. With many business ethical dilemmas, there's no ‘black and white’, ‘easy’, ‘yes-or-no’, or ‘right answer’. Only when a person can properly analyze the situation would they begin to eliminate the gray and be able to have a true understanding of what needs to be done or what path to take. 3
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2008 for the course PHILOS 240 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Ohio State.

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