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Business Ethics


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stages in ethical decision making
recognize moral issue
moral judgement
intention to act
individual factors that influence EDM
unique characteristics of the individual making the relevant decision

i.e. old vs young, education or not, personal values
situational factors that influence EDM
particular features of the context that influence whether the individual will make an ethical decision

i.e. authority, work roles, moral intensity
external locus of control
go with the flow because that's all they can do
internal locus of control
believe they can control events; are masters of their destinies and trust in their capacity to influence their environment
framing effect
in which people react to a particular choice in different ways depending on how it is presented

e.g. go to greater lengths to avoid a loss than to obtain a gain of a smaller size
overvaluing outcomes
individuals tend to punish outcomes more harshly than bad intentions

"management by objectives" leads to focus on ends rather than means
status quo tendancy
e.g. contributions to retirement place, choice of Internet privacy policies and the decisions to become an organ donor
self enhancement bias
individuals tend to describe themselves as better people than they really are
egocentric bias
self interested outcomes are not only desirable but morally justified
escalation of commitment
individuals develop attachments to programs, activities, and investments when we feel financially, emotionally, or psychologically "invested" we retain an unreasonable commitment to that thing, remaining engages long after we should
omission bias
tendency to judge acts that are harmful as worse than omissions that are equally harmful or even more harmful.

most have to goal not to harm people but sometimes doing nothing causes harm
Kohlberg's Model of Cognitive Moral Development
punish and obedience
individual instrumental purpose and exchange
mutual interpersonal expectations, relationships, and conformity
social system and conscience maintenance
prior rights, social contract, or utility
universal ethical principles
moral disengagement
process that enables people to engage in negative behaviors from small misdeed to great atrocities, without believing that they are causing harm or doing wrong
8 methods of moral disengagement
moral justification
euphemistic labeling
advantageous comparison
distortion of consequence
displacement of responsibility
diffusion of responsibility
attribution of blame
moral justification
process of framing harmful or morally wrong acts to be in the service of a greater good

using the "greater good" as an excuse to do something wrong
euphemistic labeling
the practice of using pleasant language to rename harmful or morally wrong acts to make them appear more benign

language to "sugar coat" the behavior
advantageous comparison
using the contrast between a behavior and an even more reprehensible behavior to make the former seem innocuous

exaggerated comparisons to make action seem less wrong
distortion of consequence
minimizing the seriousness of the effects of one's actions to feel better about it
framing the victims of one's actions as members of an outgroup that is undeserving of basic human consideration and unworthy moral regard
displacement of responsibility
attributing the responsibility for one's action to authority figures who may have tactically condoned or explicitly directed one's behavior

blaming actions on superior
diffusion of responsibility
spreading blame for actions to others or assuming that that is what people would do
attribution of blame
assigning responsibility for one's actions to the victims themselves
using a framework to create better choices
understand the situation
generation alternatives
improve alternatives
craft a recommendations
dominant story of business
only shareholders matter
business is primarily about economics
limitless resources
capitalism works if people are self-interested
given opportunity business people will cheat
4 flows -- dominant story of business
business is not about economics
BE = oxymoron
people are motivated by money
the world has changed
stakeholder theory
someone who has a "stake" or claim in some aspects of a company's products, operations, markets, industry and outcomes

are affected by the business
primary stakeholders
those whose continued association is absolutely necessary for a firm's survival
secondary stakeholder
don't typically engage in transactions with a company
implementing stakeholder perspective
assessing corporate culture
identify stakeholder groups
identify stakeholder issues
assess current practices, select initiatives
identify resources, determine urgency
stakeholder feedback
general values statement
may form part of a more comprehensive Mission Statement
should define ethical framework that guides the accomplishment of the overall mission of an organization within a society
stakeholder orientation
degree to which a firm understand and addresses stakeholder demands
involves activities and processes within a systems of social institutions that facilitate and maintain value
why firms have corporate social responsibility
enlightened self interest
need to solve social problems they face
great power
rely on stakeholders
the voluntary activities undertaken by a company to operate in an economic, social and environmentally sustainable manner
nature of CSR
"social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits"
only human beings have a moral responsibility for their actions
manager's responsibility to act solely in the interest of the shareholders
social issues and problems are the proper province of the state rather than corporate managers

argument against CSR
global BE
process which diminished the necessity for common territorial basis for social, economic, and political activities
emerging BE issues
misuse of company time/resources
abusive/intimidating behavior
conflicts of interest
corporate intelligence
sexual harassment
consumer fraud
privacy issues
values for identifying BE issues
institutionalization of BE
voluntary practices
core practices
mandated boundaries
5 categories of law
regulating competition
protecting consumers
promoting equity and safety
protect environment
incentives to encourage organizational compliance programs to deter misconduct
prohibits both auditing and consulting services to the same client
require corporations to take greater responsibility for their decisions and to provide leadership based on ethical principles
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
seeks to improve financial regulation, increase oversight, and prevent excessive risk-taking, deceptive practices and lack of oversight

created 3 new offices
while collar crime
illegal acts committed for personal and/or organizational gain by abusing the trust and authority associated with a given position

big in finance
can be committed at all levels
reasons for while collar crime
denial of responsibility
denial of injury
denial of victim
condemnation of the condemner
appeal to higher authority
everyone else is doing it
two approaches to leadership
compliance based
integrity based
transactional leaders
attempt to create employee satisfaction through negotiating for desired behaviors or levels of performance

dynamic relationship where reactions, conflicts, and crisis influence the relationship more than ethical concerns
transformational leaders
strive to raise employee's level of commitment and foster trust and motivation

build respect and communicate a sense of shared vision
7 habits of a strong ethical leader
strong personal character
passion to do the right thing
consider all stakeholders' interest
role model for the organization's values
transparent and actively involved in decision making
take a holistic view of the firm's ethical culture
unreflective obedience
Milgram's study
Stanford Prison Experiment
Barley and Batson 1973
Social loafing/bystander effect
tug of war
Kitty Genovese
smoke in room
ways to reduce character vs situation
call to action
someone else helps first
actions known later
norms of social caring
groupthink symptoms
(Asch line study)
illusion of invulnerability
unquestioned belief in the group's inherent morality
pressure directed at those dissenting from majority view
shared illusion of unanimity
ways to avoid groupthink
eliminate leadership bias
express need to examine all alts
devil's advocate