An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics by Mike Harrison

By Mike Harrison

This article presents an advent to a few of the most important demanding situations dealing with somebody inquisitive about criteria of behaviour in firms. It starts off from a attention of the assets supplied by means of philosophical ethics and strikes directly to ponder the demanding situations inherent in operating in a aggressive company setting.

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In my experience, managers welcome this debate, but may not be as effective as we all would wish in formally analysing situations and constructing arguments. Yet this is exactly what change agents who wish to combine ethics with effective political action in organisation must be able to do (see Chapter 10). How to read a business ethics text? No one book or writer should ever be taken as definitive in addressing an issue in philosophy or ethics. However much you empathise with a text, it is essential to read around it, including the work of writers from 15 What is business ethics?

The ladder of responsibility therefore goes up to senior management. An interesting question, therefore, is the moral responsibility of the constrained and monitored individual at the bottom of the ladder who is in direct contact with the customer and may, in a very real sense, be delivering a product or service which is unethical. This issue is further considered in Chapter 19. 20 Concepts and models in business ethics Consequences Many business people consider themselves to be results orientated, thus putting the emphasis firmly on the consequences of their actions.

In Chapter 3 we develop this concept of moral scope in the context of ‘stakeholder’ terminology and in Chapter 19 the idea of ‘moral distance’ is briefly explored, with a number of case examples. The general idea we are reflecting is whether a group boundary is seen to exist where those within the group are worthy of ethical consideration whilst those outside are in some way treated differently. It should immediately be said that though some descriptive models seem to show that this is indeed how many view ethical decision-making (see Chapter 15 in particular), other theories of ethics are resolutely universalistic in application, arguing 22 Concepts and models in business ethics that we cannot pick and choose for our own convenience those individuals for whom we have ethical responsibility.

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