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Business Ethics: Cases and Selected Readings, 8 th Ed. Marianne M. Jennings Unit 4 Ethics and Company Culture
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1 Ethics and Company Culture The types of ethical dilemmas that arise between an individual and his or her company includes: Conflict of interest and issues of honesty, Fairness, and loyalty. Ethical lapses happen because: Employees may make poor ethical choices because their personal temptations are too great, or Ethical lapses happen because of company practices. Bonus and incentive plans may result in crossing few ethical lines and violation of credo here and there.
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Employees’ Levels of Moral Development Morally clueless – aware of no rules Morally superior/moral egotist – rules are for others who are less gifted Inherently moral – natural law; will always follow credo (Mother Teresa; Ed Begley) Amoral technician – makes no determination; functions only within the system and the rules; law is law and rules are rules and they follow both, right down to the line/wire, but personal ethics are irrelevant 2
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Employees’ Levels of Moral Development(Cont.) Moral schizophrenic – one set of ethics at work and another in personal life or one set of ethics in personal life and another at work Moral procrastinator/postponer–
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