Intro to BE by liuqingyan

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									WHAT ETHICS MEAN?
WHAT IS ETHICS?
   How people try to live their lives according to a
    standard of ―right‖ or ―wrong‖ behavior – in both
    how we think and behave toward others and how
    we would like them to think and behave toward
    us.

   The principles of right and wrong that are
    accepted by an individual or a social group.
RIGHT AND WRONG
UNDERSTAND RIGHT AND WRONG
   Moral standard are principles based on beliefs of
    each individual which can come from many
    different sources:

       Friends
       Family
       Ethnic background
       Religion
       School
       The media—television, radio, newspapers,
        magazines, the Internet
       Personal role models/mentors
UNDERSTAND RIGHT AND WRONG
   Your personal set of morals (your morality)
    represents a collection of all influences
    (mentioned in previous slide) as they are built up
    over your lifetime.

   These standards would then provide a moral
    compass (a sense of personal direction) to guide
    you in the choices you make in your life.
ETHICAL VS. UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR
Ethical Behavior          Unethical Behavior
 Behavior conforms to     Behavior that
 individual beliefs and    conforms to
 social norms about        individual beliefs and
 what is right and         social norms about
 good.                     what is defined as
                           wrong and bad.
AS BEING A STUDENT, WHAT IS
YOUR ETHICAL BEHAVIOR?
Are they the same?
  ETHICS VS. LEGALITY
WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Isit legal to steal your friend’s
 car?

Isit ethical to steal your friend’s
 car?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Isit legal to buy pirate music,
 movie?

Isit ethical to buy pirate music,
 movie?
HOW ABOUT THIS?


Is it legal to steal your friend’s
 lover?

Is it ethical to steal your friend’s
 lover?
HOW ABOUT THIS?

Isit legal to lie your parents
 that you work hard in studying
 here, but you are not in reality?

Isit ethical to lie your parents
 that you work hard in studying
 here, but you are not in reality?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
           LEGALITY AND ETHICS?
ETHICS VS. LEGALITY
   Ethics reflects            Legality refers to
    people’s proper            laws we have
    relations with one         written to protect
    another:                   ourselves from
      How should people       fraud, theft, and
       treat others?           violence
      What responsibility
       should they feel for
       others?
HOW DOES ETHICS DIFFER FROM LEGALITY?

Following     the law is an
 important 1st step, but ethical
 behavior requires more than
 that.
Laws don’t make people honest,
 reliable, or truthful. Legality is
 more narrow than ethics.
HOW WOULD YOU ACT IN THE FOLLOWING
SITUATIONS?

1.   You buy a candy bar at the store and pay the
     cashier with a $5 bill. You are mistakenly given
     change from a $20 bill. What do you do?
HOW WOULD YOU ACT IN THE FOLLOWING
SITUATIONS?

2.   You are riding in a taxicab and notice a $20 bill
     that has obviously fallen from someone’s wallet
     or pocketbook. What do you do?
HOW WOULD YOU ACT IN THE FOLLOWING
SITUATIONS?

3.   You live in a small city that is difficult to find a
     job. Unfortunately, you have just lost your job at
     the local bookstore. The best-paying job you can
     find is at the local meatpacking plant, but you
     are a vegetarian and feel strongly that killing
     animals for food is unjust. What do you do?
HOW WOULD YOU ACT IN THE FOLLOWING
SITUATIONS?

4.   You are having a romantic dinner with your
     spouse to celebrate your wedding anniversary.
     Suddenly, at the nearby table, a man starts
     yelling at the young woman he is dining with
     and becomes so verbally abusive that she starts
     to cry. What do you do?
HOW WOULD YOU ACT IN THE FOLLOWING
SITUATIONS?

5.   You are shopping in a department store and
     observe a young man taking a watch from
     display stand on the jewelry counter and
     slipping it into his pocket. What do you do?
WHAT IS BUSINESS ETHICS?
BUSINESS ETHICS
   Principles and standards that determine
    acceptable conduct in business

   The acceptability of behavior in business is
    determined by customers, competitors,
    government regulators, interest groups, the
    public, and each individual’s personal moral
    principles and value.

   Stakeholders of business = ?
BABARA E-MAIL
(Business Ethics A Stakeholder and Issues
management Approach: p.363)
ABOUT BABARA
   Single mom, 51 years old, have children to support
   Have financial problems: student loan, house taxes
    and insurance payment (-> now she’s putting her
    house in the market), monthly medicine payment, etc.
   Now, she works for a firm which apply ―B-10‖ policy
    to her department.
   B-10 policy: cut off 10% of employees each year, which
    means the rest of them need to work harder. Before
    employee get fired, it requires 2 fault reports.
   This policy also enable managers only know how to
    take control of lower employees without
    understanding how to do jobs.
ABOUT BABARA (CON’T)
   She’s got twice reports:
       Not following company’s directions


   She did not get fired due to she went to
    supervisors and pursued her right.

   Yet, she has never gotten any promotions from
    firm for more than 2 years.
DISCUSSION: BABARA CASE
Questions:
1. What is your reaction to this e-mail?

2. Is Babara’s situation unique, or is she
   representative of other employees in the
   workforce?
3. What advice would you offer her?
REFERENCES
   Ghillyer, Andrew W., 2010. Business Ethics A Real World
    Approach. New York: McGraw Hill.
   Weiss, Joseph W., 2006. Business Ethics A Stakeholder Issues
    Management Approach. Toronto: Thomson South-Western.

								
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