As is the case with most things in life, we all have different perceptions of different things. Given that fact, some perceptions may intertwine and reflect similar opinions and or facts. People will all have different perceptions about politics, religion, education, and sports, just to name a few. However, all of those things could have similar perceptions and similar opinions from different people. However, each could have some common denominator as well. The same could be said for ethics and it’s definition. We may all have different definitions, but it is highly likely we all would mention something that reflected a common denominator or indicated similar perceptions or opinions.
Taking a look at "two independent variables—the salience of ethical standards regarding deception and the availability of alternatives to agreement— were predicted to influence negotiators' willingness to deceive. It was hypothesized the presence of ethical standards would reduce deception, even when organizational reward contingencies and other external pressures favored its use. Competing hypotheses regarding the effects of alternatives were also proposed A role-play exercise describing a negotiation between an automotive manufacturer and a supplier of component parts was used to test the study hypotheses. Eighty MBA students participated in the exercise. Results showed that the salience of ethical standards decreased the use of deception by negotiators and led to more equal agreements. However, contrary to expectations, the availability of an alternative had no effect on deception. Implications for theory and practice are discussed and future research directions are offered." (Karl Aquino,1998)
When I think of ethics, I think of certain moral and legal rules that should be followed by society as a whole. In our readings for week four, I read where some people said ethics can be taught and some said it could not. My personal opinion is that ethics can be taught, and people can learn all about ethics and its importance. I have several ideas of what I think ethics means. First I believe ethics is a set of moral, and or legal rules human society, organizations, groups, fraternal organizations, etc should follow to maintain ultimate integrity. Let us take for example, being a member of the Fraternity, at any University. Now each fraternity members have a code of ethics we are suppose to follow, which were actually written by the ten founding members. It pertains to the welfare of all members, aspects of community service, the pledging and initiation of new members, equal pledging opportunities for all races, and the commitment to ban hazing. As fraternity members, we know we will face severe consequences if our code of ethics is not followed. If a member is a dedicated member, he will make sure he follows all code of ethics. If not, his membership will be stripped and he will be removed from the fraternity for life. there is have been former fraternity brothers and sisters who have been banned for life for participating in a hazing incident at an East Texas university that resulted in a Pledge’s foot being broken. In addition to that, he could have faced criminal charges if the Pledge had pressed charges against them.
Then again to "consider the highly publicized ethical crisis in public and private administration recently, the flurry of management-oriented articles on ethics is an encouraging sign. But in their rush to recommend solutions, management theorists have gone off in many different directions. This somewhat confusing array of terminology aside for a moment, an important remedial option has been ignored or overlooked in these and related treatments. Namely, in the face of encouraging testimonial evidence that business ethics instruction works, the business management classroom affords an excellent opportunity to begin redressing the ethics crisis. Moreover, formal...