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Business Ethics & SocialResponsibilityMGMT 447
What is Ethics
Ethics• Right vs. wrong
Value Conflict• Lying is wrong – but what if it would save  someone’s life?• Stealing is wrong – but what if you were feed...
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bweGdHxz_  z8
Ethics• Four Categories ▫   Simple Truth ▫   Personal Integrity ▫   Appropriate Individual Behavior Rules ▫   Appropriate ...
So what is the study of Ethics?• Looks at how choices are made and then develop  a set of principles to apply those ethics
Ethical Theories• Virtue Ethics• Ethics for the Greater Good• Universal Ethics
Solving Ethical Dilemmas• Sleep-test OR• Three-step Process ▫ Analyze the consequences ▫ Analyze the actions ▫ Make a deci...
Solving continued• Arthur Dobrin’s eight questions  ▫   Facts?  ▫   Can you determine anything of unknown facts  ▫   What ...
Ethical Reasoning• Lawrence Kohlberg ▫ Six Stages of Reasoning classified in three levels of   development    Preconventi...
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MGMT 447 Week 1

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MGMT 447 Week 1

  1. 1. Business Ethics & SocialResponsibilityMGMT 447
  2. 2. What is Ethics
  3. 3. Ethics• Right vs. wrong
  4. 4. Value Conflict• Lying is wrong – but what if it would save someone’s life?• Stealing is wrong – but what if you were feeding your starving children?• Killing is wrong – but what if you killed someone in self-defense to protect yourself or a loved one?
  5. 5. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bweGdHxz_ z8
  6. 6. Ethics• Four Categories ▫ Simple Truth ▫ Personal Integrity ▫ Appropriate Individual Behavior Rules ▫ Appropriate Societal Behavior Rules
  7. 7. So what is the study of Ethics?• Looks at how choices are made and then develop a set of principles to apply those ethics
  8. 8. Ethical Theories• Virtue Ethics• Ethics for the Greater Good• Universal Ethics
  9. 9. Solving Ethical Dilemmas• Sleep-test OR• Three-step Process ▫ Analyze the consequences ▫ Analyze the actions ▫ Make a decision
  10. 10. Solving continued• Arthur Dobrin’s eight questions ▫ Facts? ▫ Can you determine anything of unknown facts ▫ What do the facts mean? ▫ How do others involved in the situation view the problem? ▫ What will happen if you choose one thing versus the other? ▫ What are your feelings telling you? ▫ Will you be able to look yourself in the mirror if you choose one thing over another? ▫ Can you explain and justify your decision to others?
  11. 11. Ethical Reasoning• Lawrence Kohlberg ▫ Six Stages of Reasoning classified in three levels of development  Preconventional  Conventional  Postconventional

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