Management Information Systems
Professor David Lewis
Ethical Computing Guidelines
A) Find a code of ethics from an organization of your choosing. What do you think are the best five guiding principles from all the tips that you found? Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a code of ethics guided by 3 basic beliefs: respect for the individual, service to our customers, and striving for excellence. The five best guiding principles include to always act with integrity, as integrity is an important ingredient to a healthy business, follow the law at all times, as structuring a company to be law abiding is crucial to maintaining the long term health of the company, be honest and fair, as honesty and fairness are invaluable to earning trust from customers, reveal and report all information truthfully without manipulation or misrepresentation, as falsely reporting findings of investigations can lead to worse problems of manipulation down the road, and to respect and encourage diversity and never discriminate against anyone, as diversity is a crucial value for a healthy society. (Duke) B) Are chain letters good or bad? Are they illegal? Summarize the opposing arguments you find. Chain letters are bad and often illegal if they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants. A typical chain letter arrives in the recipients mailbox with a list of names and addresses. The recipient of the chain letter is instructed to send a certain amount of money, often $5, to the name and address at the top of the list, remove that person from the top of the list and place the recipients own name at the bottom of the list. The recipient then is instructed to send copies of the letter to other people with the promise, assuming everyone who receives the letter participates, the recipient will move to the top of the list and receive a substantial amount of cash. Chain letters are gambling and violate Title 18, United States Code,...
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