eth•ic Pronunciation: (eth'ik), [key] — n. 1. the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group: the Christian ethic; the tribal ethic of the Zuni. 2. a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual: a personal ethic.
“ According to John Rawls . . . ‘ethics is how we decide to behave when we decide we belong together,’ the study of ethics has to do with developing standards for judging the conduct of one party whose behavior affects another” (Gini, 2010, p. 347).
Gini, A. (2010). Moral Leadership and Business Ethics (2nd ed.) (G. R. Hickman, Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
“ ethics and morals are terms that refer to the principles that govern our relationships with other people: the ways we ought to behave . . . standards that we should employ in the decisions we make” (Chaffee, 2009, p.307)
Chaffee, J. (2009). Thinking Critically (9th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.
is the ability “to qualify for moral consideration; you must be able to use the power of reason to derive and understand the moral law, and you must follow the law because you recognize it as moral imperative” (Waller, 2008, p. 140).
Waller, B. (2008). Consider Ethics: Theory, Readings, and Contemporary Issues (2nd ed.). New York: Pearson Longman.
“ business ethics examines moral controversies relating to the social responsibilities of capitalist business practices, the moral status of corporate entities, deceptive advertising, insider trading, basic employee rights, job discrimination, affirmative action, drug testing, and whistle blowing” (Fieser, 2003)
Fieser, J. (2003). Ethics. In Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy . Retrieved September 4, 2010, from http://www.iep.utm.edu/ethics/