Biz ethics: week two respond

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Please respond to each line item in each of the documents. You are to agree to, or disagree to each of them, and it should be all be at least three quarters of a page each!

Topic One: Please respond to three below

1. (Terry)

Which of the moral philosophies do you personally favor? How does it impact your decision?

I would have to say that I favor the mindset of egoism. I believe this because everything that humans do is majority for themselves. Egoism is the philosophy principle that treats self-interest as the foundation of morality. I have really thought a lot about this stance throughout my classes and lean more and more towards egoism as time goes by. I don’t believe that having an egoistic mindset is necessarily bad (can be if used for selfish gains). The opposite of egoism is altruism which is principle of the selfless concern for the well-beings of others. I believe true altruism is extremely rare. The reasoning I have is because even in selfless acts majority of people still gain a sense of happiness or joy from helping other. Helping other might be how they were raised and if they didn’t, they would feel like a bad person. So is doing something for someone so you feel like a better person truly altruistic of egoistic in nature.

2. (Edgar)

Third, I will personally favor the virtue ethics philosophy, which in accordance with Farrel (2018) framework, suggests that the decisions must be based on the moral virtues and that of a person’s character and beliefs. Aristotle’s once mentioned that if you can focus on being good, the proper actions will follow. However, working in the military has also impacted my life, where I tend to evaluate the ethical concerns focused on the procedural and distributive basis as per the justice ethics philosophy.

3. (Jonathan)

There isn’t one single moral philosophy that I favor. It seems that I and I would like to think that most have a blend of many moral philosophies. The one that has got me thinking a bit is egoism because I do recall how I once heard someone say that when people perform an act of kindness and it somehow gets out to the public, it usually tells you that the person doing the act of kindness was doing it for the attention or their character to be viewed in a positive light. Who knows, maybe those performing acts of kindness were just highlighted by someone else, but I must admit that performing acts of kindness does make one feel good.

Topic One: Please respond to all Four below

1. (Brit)

Leading by example is a perfect way to positively impact an organization. If a top-level manager expects his or her team to show up to work on time every day, but then does the opposite, their employees will not put forth the effort and think it really doesn’t matter. I have worked for companies that try to enforce policies that they themselves do not even follow. It leads to a lack of respect and introduces new hires to bad habits from the beginning.

2. (Monica)

Our textbook by Ferrell et al. states “Corporate Culture is ‘the shared beliefs top managers in a company have about how they should manage themselves and other employees, and how they should conduct their business(es)'” (2019, p.165). This statement shows how influential leaders’ actions are. I believe that this is why the most ethical person should be the person with the most power/influence. While it is not that every single person who witnesses unethical behavior will follow suit, in being given the example, there will be some people who feel like they have been given permission to follow in their unethical footsteps. This is done through Teleology and Egoism (Ferrell et al., 2019, p.141).

3. (Ashley)

The moral philosophy relativism it’s defined as ethical behavior that is derived subjectively from the experiences of individuals and groups. More specifically relativists use themselves or the people around them as their basis for defining ethical standards. This is something that my organization uses specially when attempting to create an organizational culture that is inclusive of all staff and their personal experiences or cultural norms. There have been situations where they have attempted to create policies or procedures within the organization that are ethical in general, but when they take a closer look at each individual staff member and their personal cultural norms, they realize that it may in fact not be and ethical. Therefore, it leads to a change in this policy to ensure that it is ethical in relation to the norms and customs experienced by staff personally and not just ethical in general.

4. (Jonathan)

In my opinion, the most important is the first step of understanding and admitting that an ethical issue exists. This would fall under the ethical issue intensity. Like many other organizations, the one I work for has a policy where whistleblowers will not be hunted down or punished, and then upper management reviews the issue/s, and then next steps can be taken. I also believe my company does a good job of setting up organizational factors in the means of a positive corporate culture. We don’t do as far as learning the history and traditions like that of Disney, but we do enough training to understand when we are faced with difficult decisions.

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