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Individual character including what it means to be a

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Unformatted text preview: ovide Science important data to help us make better ethical choices) Ethics: The basic concerns of ethics are: 1. Individual character, including what it means to be a “good person” 2. The social rules that govern and limit our conduct, especially the ultimate rules concerning right and wrong, which we call morality (Robert C. Solomon) Do Do we avoid ethical dilemmas? • Call it by a different name • ‘everybody else does it’ • ‘if we don’t do it, someone else will’ • ‘that’s the way it has always been done’ • ‘we’ll wait for the lawyers to tell us it’s wrong’ • ‘it doesn’t really hurt anyone’ • ‘the system is unfair’ • ‘I was just following orders’ Ethics: many facets, levels of focus Individual – Individual choices, professional ethics; what kind of person/ leader am I? Organisational – Organisational actions, decisions, strategies; culture, corporate social responsibility Macro/systemic – Economic, political, legal & social systems in which business operate; environmental, social, political consequences of business activity Factors Factors influencing ethical thinking Manager as a person Employing organisation •Family influences •Religioius values •Personal standards and needs •Policies, codes of conduct •Behaviour of supervisors, peers •Organisational culture Ethical managerial behaviour External environment •Laws and regulations •Norms and values of society •Ethical climate of industry If our ethics are not based on feelings, religion, law, accepted social practice, or Science, what are they based on? How to assess whether something is right or wrong, good or bad? Some commonly used frameworks Individualism Does a decision or behaviour promote our own long term interests? Duties / Moral rights Does a decision or behaviour maintain the fundamental rights of all human beings? Justice Does a decision or behaviour show fairness and impartiality All frameworks have differing degrees of usefulness, & limitations Utilitarianism Does a decision or behaviour do the greatest good for most people? ConsequenceConsequence Consequence-based frameworks • Utilitarianism: The end goal can justify...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2014 for the course MGMT 1001 taught by Professor Danielellason during the Two '09 term at University of New South Wales.

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