Each day we are faced with making some type of ethical decision. From the moment we wake-up, we must decide whether to go to work or call in sick. As we drive into the office, we must decide whether we should make an illegal left turn, to save some time, or wait in traffic for an additional 30 minutes. We are running late for work, so we call ahead to ask a coworker to clock us in on the electronic attendance system. This type of decision-making process is defined as ethical behavior. "Ethical behavior is that accepted as morally "good" and "right", as opposed to "bad" or "wrong", in a particular setting." (Schermerhorn, Hunt, Osborn, pg.13)
What drives the decisions we make in the business arena? This question has been the topic of long debates. However, there are at least four opinions that direct a person's decisions and actions. The utilitarian view believes that ethical behavior "delivers the greatest good to the greatest number of people." (Schermerhorn, etc, pg.15) Someone acting in this behavior would normally consider that saving the life of many is more critical then that of a few. If one makes decisions "that is best for an individual's long-term self-interest", they would be defined as having an individualism view. (Schermerhorn, etc, pg.15) The American Civil Liberties Union, the Carter Center, and other human rights organizations would likely hire individuals who believe in basic human rights. The moral-rights view "considers ethical behavior to be behavior that respects the fundamental rights shared by all... [continues]
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